News & Events: Nigerian University Names Law Faculty Building after GGU’s Professor Okeke

Earlier this year Godfrey Okoye University in Enugu, Nigeria built a state-of-the-art building to house the Law Faculty that was established in the 2016-2017 academic year. During a special convocation ceremony on May 24, 2017, the university unveiled the building, which was named in honor of our very own Professor Chris Nwachukwu Okeke, Ph.D., C.O.H.

The university is the first private Diocesan Catholic University on the African Continent. Says Okeke: “At its inception, the Enugu Catholic Diocese, proprietor of the University, appointed me the Pioneer Pro Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council of the University (in American parlance, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the University), a position I have occupied from 2009 to date.”

Okeke is a GGU Professor of International & Comparative Law; Director, S.J.D. Program in International Legal Studies; and Director, Sompong Sucharitkul Center for Advanced International Legal Studies.

Widely published, Okeke’s publications include six books, numerous book chapters and articles in international law, comparative law, and international relations. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Annual Survey of International and Comparative Law (ASICL) and member of Editorial Boards of several law journals, including the prestigious Comparative Law in Africa. He is a Visiting Professor of Law at the Mount Crest University College of Laws in Accra, Ghana.

In 2012 Okeke was knighted by Pope Benedict XVI who bestowed on him the “Cross-Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice” (Cross of Honor) – the highest honor conferred by the papacy on the laity, in recognition of his outstanding services to the Church and to humanity at large.