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Cosmas Emeziem

JSD candidate Cosmas Emeziem smiling on a grey background
Cosmas Emeziem

Cosmas, from Nigeria is a J.S.D., Candidate at Cornell Law School specializing in International and Comparative Law. He holds an L.L.M from Cornell Law School and an L.L.B from the University of Nigeria. He is also enrolled as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Nigerian Supreme Court. He has also attended and obtained certifications in Public and Private International law from the Hague Academy of International Law - the Hague Netherlands.

Before coming to Cornell Law School, Cosmas practiced law generally in the areas of corporate litigation, investments, mining leases, human rights and alternative dispute resolution in Nigeria.

His present research work focuses on Transitional Justice – Truth Commissions, Law Reform and other measures tailored at rebuilding broken/ruptured societies, reconciling citizens, establishing resilient institutions and ensuring lasting peace.  He deeply explores the intersection between international Law, Constitutionalism and Transitional Justice.





Key Research Areas:

Transitional Justice
International Law and Foreign Direct Investment
International Law & Legal Theory
International Environmental Law
Comparative Law
Constitutions and Public Policy in Divided Societies


J.S.D., Candidate Cornell Law School
LL.M. Cornell Law School
LL.B., University of Nigeria


Rudolf B. Schlesinger Fellowship 2014-2015
Cornell Law School Graduate Fellowship 2015

Professional Memberships

Nigerian Bar Association
African Association of International Law
American Society of International Law