Offornze D. Amucheazi, a Professor and Senior Advocate of Nigeria has twenty-nine years of experience in law practice and law teaching. He has taught at both the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka. He served as the Head, Department of Commercial and Property Law as well as Public and Private Law. He has supervised numerous post-graduate works and often serves as external examiner to several Universities within and outside Nigeria.
Professor Amucheazi is a versatile legal practitioner, arbitrator and ADR practitioner and has served as an Arbitrator in several Arbitral Proceedings.
He is a founding partner in the law firm Amucheazi, Ozioko and Company and an active member of the Nigerian Bar Association, where he has held several positions and served in several committees at both branch and national levels. A recipient of the Anambra State Government Award for Excellence, Offornze is highly committed to providing quality legal service, imparting knowledge through teaching and resolving disputes through ADR.
Professor Amucheazi is a Fellow of the Nigerian Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCArb); Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators, (FICMC); and the Institute of Construction Industry Arbitrators (FICIARB). He holds Certificates in ‘Strategic Leadership Management’ from Oxford University and ‘Constitution Building in Africa’ from the Central European University Budapest.
He often supports the World Bank Group as an external consultant where he advises on a range of legal issues. He also served as a Consultant/Special Assistant to the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria on the establishment of the Africa Finance Corporation in 2007. Between 2010 and 2016 he served as the Legal Expert (Constitution) of the Policy Analysis and Research Project of the National Assembly ( PARP) as well as Legal Adviser of the National Institute of Legislative and Democratic Studies( NILDS).In 2012, he was appointed Lead Consultant to the Senate Committee on Constitution Review to coordinate the Review of the 1999 Constitution, a position he held until January 2019.
Professor Amucheazi possesses wide experience in arbitration and ADR practice having acted as arbitrator in several arbitration proceedings. He is a member of the Lagos Court of Arbitration (LCA), the Panel of Neutrals of the Edo State and Enugu State Multi-Door Court Houses, respectively.
Prof. Amucheazi is a member of the Faculty of the Nigerian Institute of Chartered Arbitrators, (NICARB) Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC), Institute of Construction Industry Arbitrators (ICIARB) and the International Institute for Dispute Resolution (IDRI).
He is a founding partner in the law firm of Amucheazi, Ozioko & Company with offices in Enugu and Abuja. Professor Amucheazi has been active in the affairs of the Nigerian Bar Association, holding several positions amongst which are Member of the Council of Legal Education, Member National Executive Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association, Assistant Secretary and Secretary of the Enugu Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association amongst others. He has also served in several committees of the Nigerian Bar Association at branch and National levels. He is a member of the Panel of Neutrals of the Edo State and Enugu State Multi-Door Court Houses as well as a Neutral Facilitator (Arbitrator) with the Federal High Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Centre (FHCADRC).
He served as a Consultant/Special Assistant to a Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria on the Establishment of the Africa Finance Corporation. Professor Amucheazi served as the Legal Expert (Constitution and Legislative Procedure) at the Policy Analysis and Research Project (PARP) of the National Assembly and subsequently as the pioneer Legal Adviser, National Institute for Legislative Studies (NILS) now National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies. (NILDS) At NILS, he also pioneered the post-graduate programme of the Institute and was the Post-Graduate Coordinator.
In 2012 he was appointed Lead Consultant to the Senate Committee of the National Assembly of the Federal Republic Nigeria to coordinate the Review of the 1999 Constitution, a position he held until 31st January, 2019. Prof. Amucheazi is a Fellow of the Nigerian Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Nigeria (FCArb), Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators, (FICMC), and Member, Society of Construction Industry Arbitrators. He holds certificates in Strategic Leadership Management from Oxford University, United Kingdom and Constitution Building in Africa from the Central European University Budapest, Hungary. He is a recipient of the Anambra State Government Award for Excellence.
He has published several scholarly articles on industrial/ labour law, arbitration and constitutional law and authored and co-authored several books including; The Judiciary, Politics and Constitutional Democracy in Nigeria (1999-2007), The Concept of True Federalism in Nigeria, Thematic Issues in Nigerian Arbitration Law and Practice, The National Industrial Court of Nigeria: Law, Practice and Procedure, Constitutional Review in an Emerging Democracy: The Nigerian Experience and Employment and Labour Law in Nigeria.
Professor Amucheazi is an expert in the field of Labour Law, Arbitration, Constitution Making and Constitutionalism and has made several presentations in this respect. He also consults for the World Bank and has advised on regulatory compliance and the implications of government policies and legislations on existing world bank projects in Nigeria.