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Edefe Ojomo

Dissertation Title: Evaluating Regional Governance in West Africa: A Study of the Role of Remedial Governance Structures

Doctoral Supervisor: Professor Benedict Kingsbury


Edefe Ojomo is a lecturer in the Department of Jurisprudence and International Law, University of Lagos, Nigeria. She has degrees in law and development studies from the University of Lagos, the Nigerian Law School, the American University in Cairo, King’s College London, and NYU Law. At NYU Law, Edefe was a Hauser Global Scholar and a Salzburg Cutler Fellow. She has worked as a research fellow at the ECOWAS Commission in Abuja, Nigeria, and provided research and program assistance to the Network of Migration Research on Africa. Her research and publications focus on regional institutions, citizenship, migration, and development intervention in Africa.


Edefe’s project is a study of regional governance in West Africa, with two main objectives. The first is to develop a conceptual framework for thinking about regional governance in areas with fragile States, that is, States with significant capacity and legitimacy deficits. The second objective is to explore policy options for practicing regional governance in such areas. The study’s interdisciplinary approach uses institutional theory and international law and international relations theory. A central thesis of this project is that regionalism should be thought about differently in areas where the State as a governance structure is still an emergent institution. It will study specific agencies of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) by looking at the rules, norms, processes, and actors that govern and influence their performance, to determine whether and how regional institutions with varying internal and external influences can impact governance in areas with fragile States.