A fully licensed attorney in Nigeria, Chikezie Anachu joined NatLaw in July 2015 upon completion of his LL.M studies in International Trade and Business Law at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. While at the University of Arizona, he was awarded the coveted Munger Prize for International Trade and Business Law Scholarship, and placed second in the Judge Tang Legal Writing Competition organized by the Arizona State Bar Committee on Minorities. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) degree from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, in Anambra State, Nigeria, where he served in the Student Representative Council, and a Barrister at Law (B.L) diploma from the Nigerian Law School, Lagos campus, where he represented his class section in Moot Court Competition. He spent his first year at NatLaw as a part-time research assistant, assisting in Dr. Dubovec's work on secured transactions in Africa as well as working on other global projects. In July 2016, Mr. Chikezie was promoted to a full time position as legal editor.
University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, Tucson, AZ
Master of Laws (LL.M) in International Trade and Business Law, May 2015
Master's Thesis: The Dutch Sandwich: A Case for Fluidity of Nationality for Transnational Corporations in a Shrinking World.
Nigerian Law School, Lagos, Nigeria
Class seminar: Restorative Justice versus Retributive Justice.
Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria
Thesis: The Place of Morality in the Nigerian Legal System: A Jurisprudential Approach.
Professional Work Experience:
National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade, Tucson, AZ
Legal Editor, July 2016 - present
As legal editor, Mr. Chikezie works to improve the accuracy of NatLaw's research work, both in written and legal terms. He also serves as a major researcher for NatLaw's work on secured transactions and commercial law reform in developing countries across the globe, particularly countries with English common-law based legal systems.
Research Assistant, July 2015 - July 2016
Mr. Chikezie assisted in research on secured transactions law and reform in Africa and was integral to NatLaw's study of the commercial law of several APEC countries.
The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, Tucson, Arizona
Research Assistant, September 2014 - May 2015
Researched issues in Public International Law and in International Trade Law
Yewa North Local Government, Magistrate Court, Ayetoro, Ogun State, Nigeria
Judicial Assistant, November 2013 - August 2014
Performed legal research on judicial precedents regarding no case submissions, chieftaincy disputes, land disputes and traffic law violations. Drafted opinions in criminal matters and motions to dismiss for indigent parties.
F.O. Akinrele, Barristers, Solicitors and Notary Public, Ikoyi, Lagos State, Nigeria
Legal Intern, June 2013-July 2013
Researched legal issues, including research on mortgages, capital market dealings and compliance. Reviewed capital market transactions regarding the sale of shares of a financial company in Nigeria.
Nigerian Bar Association (2013)
Dairy Lobby Milking the Federal Teat, The Daily Wildcat Newspaper, November 12, 2014.
Election Protection Volunteer for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights in the November 2014 Mid-Term Elections; Member of the planning committee for the Black Law Students Association Black History Week activities; Participant, Stand Up and Lead Conference organized by the Teach For America Phoenix group, assisting in building a playground for middle school kids from low income neighborhoods (in collaboration with KaBoom).