Aginam, Obijiofor

Deputy Director

  • Obijiofor Aginam
    UNU-IIGH Building, UKM Medical Centre, Jalan Yaacob Latiff, Bandar Tun Razak, 56000 Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    +60 3 9171 5394
    Canada, Nigeria

    Research Interests

    • Global governance
    • International law
    • South-North relations


    • Ph.D., Law & Public Health, University of British Columbia
    • Master of Laws, Queen’s University (Canada)


    • Member, Advisory Board, Social Science Research Network (SSRN) “Public Health Law & Policy Abstracting Journal”
    • Member, Editorial Advisory Board of Law, Social Justice and Global Development (LGD) Refereed Electronic Journal based at the University of Warwick, Coventry, U.K.
    • Member, Editorial Board, African Journal of Legal Studies, African Law Institute
    • Member, Editorial Board, Global Health Governance Journal, Seton Hall University
    • Member, Roaster of Experts, World Health Organization’s International Health Regulations (IHR)
    • Visiting Professor, Faculty of Law, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria
    • Books' reviewer for publishers (University of Toronto Press, Ashgate etc.); articles reviewer for numerous academic journals

    Biographical Statement

    Obi Aginam was educated in Nigeria and Canada. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (magna cum laude) from the University of Nigeria; Master of Laws from Queen’s University at Kingston, Canada, and a Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia, Canada. Before joining the UNU Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP), he held a tenured academic position as Associate Professor of Law at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, where he taught and researched emerging global issues that cut across globalization, global governance of health and environmental issues, South-North relations, international organizations, and Third World Approaches to International Law.

    Regulatory and governance approaches to emerging and re-emerging global environmental and health issues are the major focus of Dr. Aginam’s research. He has held numerous research fellowships and won major competitive research grants on global environmental and health governance topics focusing on the impact of these global issues on “Third World” peoples and societies.  He researches natural resource management and conflicts in developing countries focusing on the role of Transnational Corporations in the pursuit of sustainable development, governance and transparency in the extractive industry sectors of resource-rich African and Latin American countries.

    He has been a consultant for many international organizations including the World Health Organization on aspects of trade and global health, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) on the regulatory framework for food safety, food security, biotechnology and biodiversity in developing countries. In the latter capacity, he worked as a member of the FAO Expert Legal and Policy Group on the review of intellectual property rights, food safety laws, and sanitary and phyto-sanitary measures in Bangladesh and other developing and least-developed country Member-States of the FAO.

  • Peer-reviewed Books

    • Obijiofor Aginam & Andy Knight, eds., Global Public-Private Partnerchip: Innovations in Global Governance (Fothcoming, Tokyo: UN University Press, 2010)
    • Virtus C. Igbokwe, Nicholas Turner & Obijiofor Aginam, eds., Foreign Direct Investment in Post-Conflict Countries: Opportunities and Challenges (London: Adonis & Abbey Publishers, 2010).
    • Obijiofor Aginam, John Harrington and Peter Yu, Global Governance of AIDS: Intellectual Property Rights and Access to Essential Medicines (Forthcoming, Edward Elgar, 2010) (Peer-Reviewed Edited Volume)
    • Obijiofor Aginam, Global Health Governance: International Law and Public Health in a Divided World (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2005) (Peer-Reviewed Single-Authored Book)
    • David Fidler, Nick Drager, Carlos Correa, Obijiofor Aginam, Legal Review of the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) From a Public Health Perspective (Geneva: World Health Organization, 2006)
    • Obiora C. Okafor & Obijiofor Aginam, Humanizing Our Global Order: Essays in Honour of Ivan Head (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2003) (Peer-Reviewed Edited Volume)

    Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

    • Obijiofor Aginam, Global Health Governance, Intellectual Property and Access to Essential Mediciens: Opportunities and Impediments for South-South Cooperation, Volume IV, Issue 1: Fall 2010, Journal of Global Health Governance (Special Issue on Global Health Governance and the AIDS Response)
    • Obijiofor Aginam, Health or Trade? A Critique of Contemporary Approaches to Global Health Diplomacy, Asian Journal of WTO & International Health Law and Policy, Vol. 5, No. 2, pp.355 -380, September 2010
    • Obijiofor Aginam, The Right to the Highest Attainable Standard of Health: Implications for Trade Agreements in Africa, Vol.15 African Yearbook of International Law, 2008 (Special Issue on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Africa)
    • Obijiofor Aginam, Trade, Health or Politics? Protectionism, Risk Assessment and the Globalization of Food Safety (2008) vol.63 No.3 Food and Drug Law Journal, 665-672
    • Obijiofor Aginam, Food Safety, South-North Asymmetries, and the Clash of Regulatory Regimes (2007) Vol. 40 No.4 Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, 1099 – 1114
    • Obijiofor Aginam, Globalization of Health Insecurity: The World Health Organization and the New International Health Regulations, (2006) Vol. 25 No.4 Medicine & Law, pp663-672
    • Obijiofor Aginam, International Law, HIV/AIDS and Human Rights in Africa: A Post-Colonial Discourse, (American Society of International Law, ASIL, Proceedings of the 100th Annual Meeting, March 29-April1, 2006), 350-354
    • Obijiofor Aginam, Between Life and Profit: Global Governance and the Trilogy of Human Rights, Public Health and Pharmaceutical Patents (2006) Vol. 31 No.4 North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation pp 901 – 921