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Durham University

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Mr Ugochukwu Nwosu-iheme

Researcher (PhD) in the Durham Law School

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Ugo is a first year PhD candidate in law. He holds an LLB degree with a 2:1 from the University of East Anglia and an LLM in International Trade and Commercial Law with Merit from Durham University. He also holds a BL as a qualified Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

Ugo is also currently working as a research assistant to Prof Mathias Siems on countries that have allowed public companies to choose between one-tier and two tier board models. He is also assisting Prof Ian Leigh on his project involving Human Rights for members of the armed forces. Prior to commencing his PhD, Ugo practised as legal counsel in the Law firm of Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN) specializing in Criminal and Civil litigation.

Current Research

Ugo’s current research examines the extant Nigerian legal frameworks for the prevention of corruption and money laundering, with a focus on Politically Exposed Persons (PEP) in light of new and evolving approaches to asset confiscation. PEP’s who are individuals considered high risk customers because of the possibility of abusing their positions to carry out corrupt acts remain high on the agenda for policy and law enforcement responses given the increasingly challenging corruption and money laundering climate both in Nigeria and globally given recent revelations in the Paradise Papers. His research will critically analyse the suitability and applicability of the legal frameworks in Nigeria using socio-legal and qualitative approach in identifying their strengths and weaknesses with the ultimate aim of proposing a new legal model for the control of corruption/money laundering such as the United Kingdom’s unexplained wealth orders.