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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 (Master of Laws) from Cornell Law School and an L.L.B (Bachelor of Laws) from the University of Nigeria. He is also enrolled as to practice Law at the Nigerian Supreme Court since 2007. Also, he has attended and obtained certifications in Public and Private International law from the Hague Academy of International Law - the Hague Netherlands. His research interest in International and Comparative Law continues to give him critical insights into the problems of law and society – particularly law, development and social justice – as articulated in different legal regimes, traditions and theories.

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 J.S.D research work focuses on Transitional Justice – exploring and interrogating the mechanisms for peace building, human rights protection, democratization, institutional reforms, and regeneration of community cohesion in fragile cum post-conflict societies.





Key Research Areas:

Transitional Justice
International Law and Foreign Direct Investment
International Law & Legal Theory
International Environmental Law
Comparative Law
History of International Law


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