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Dr Francis Okanigbuan

School of Law

Faculty of Business and Law

Francis joined the Liverpool John Moores University in October 2018. He was a Research Fellow on the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded project: ‘Business Judgment and The Courts’ in the Centre for Business Law and Practice, School of Law, University of Leeds, October 2016-September 2018. He was Associate Lecturer/Tutor at the Manchester Metropolitan University and Teaching Assistant at the University of Manchester. Francis is a graduate of the Chartered Governance Institute, London. He is also a Qualified Barrister and Solicitor in Nigeria. His research interests include Company Law, Corporate Law and the market for Corporate Control, Corporate Governance, Law and Economics, Commercial Law and Comparative Law. Francis is the author of a book and a number of journal articles.


University of Manchester, United Kingdom, PhD, Corporate Law
University of Manchester, United Kingdom, LL.M (Merit), International Business and Commercial Law
Ambrose Alli University, Nigeria, LL.B (Hons) 2:1
Nigerian Law School, Nigeria, Barrister and Solicitor


The Chartered Governance Institute, UK and Ireland, Chartered Governance Professional
Liverpool John Moores University, PG Cert

Academic appointments

Senior Lecturer, School of Law, Liverpool John Moores University, 2018 - present
Post-doctoral Research Fellow, School of Law, University of Leeds, 2016 - 2018
Associate Lecturer / Tutor, Faculty of Business and Law, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2016 - 2016
Teaching Assistant, School of Law, University of Manchester, 2013 - 2014

Journal article

Okanigbuan FA. 2023. Revisiting the takeover efficiency argument and the role of the board Law and Financial Markets Review, :1-25 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Keay A, Loughrey J, McNulty T, Okanigbuan FA, Stewart A. 2020. Reviewing Directors' Business Judgements: Views from the Field Journal of Law and Society, 47 :639-665 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Keay A, Loughrey J, McNulty T, Okanigbuan F, Stewart A. 2019. Business judgment and director accountability: a study of case-law over time JOURNAL OF CORPORATE LAW STUDIES, 20 :359-387 DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Keay AR, Loughrey J, McNulty T, Okanigbuan FA, Stewart A. 2019. Business Judgment and Director Accountability: A Study of Case-Law Over Time Journal of Corporate Law Studies, DOI Publisher Url

Okanigbuan FA. 2016. ‘Carriers’ Liability in Contracts for the Carriage of Goods by Sea: Is there a Justification for the Hamburg and Rotterdam Rules?' Business Law Review, 37 :222-230 Public Url

Okanigbuan FA. 2015. ‘Revisiting the Separability Doctrine and Parties’ Rights to Litigation in Commercial Transactions’ International Company and Commercial Law Review, 26 :255-259

Okanigbuan FA. 2013. ‘Corporate Takeovers and Shareholder Protection: UK Takeover Regulation in Perspective’ Manchester Review of Law Crime and Ethics, 2 :268-297

Books (authored)

Okanigbuan F. 2020. Corporate Takeover Law and Management Discipline Routledge 9781138600027 DOI Publisher Url


Okanigbuan FAJ. 2019. ‘Institutions and Board Effectiveness: Any link’? The United Kingdom, United States and Nigeria in Perspective Ngwu FN, Osuji O, Ogbechie C, Williamson D. Enhancing Board Effectiveness: Institutional, Regulatory and Functional Perspectives for Developing and Emerging Markets Routledge. New York and London 978-1-138-04832-4

Conference publication

McNulty TH, Stewart A, Loughrey J, Keay A, Okanigbuan F. The Courts ‘Evaluation’ of Directors’ Business Judgment Academy of Management Proceedings

Membership of professional bodies:

Member, Nigerian Bar Association.

Member, Society of Legal Scholars (SLS).

Member, The Chartered Governance Institute, London.

Young International Arbitration Group, London Court of International Arbitration.