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PROFILE OF DR WUNMI BEWAJI

Alumnus of the School of Law, University of Leeds. Dr Wunmi Bewaji is the Director, Center for Research in Law and Business, and Principal Attorney, Dr Wunmi Bewaji & Co. (Attorneys at Law). Dr Bewaji holds a PhD degree in Law from the School of Law University of Leeds, United Kingdom specializing in Securities and Financial Regulations Law. He was tutored at the International Institute for Legal Drafting of the University of Tulane, New Orleans USA. Under the auspices of FutureLeam UK, Dr Bewaji holds a certificate in Forensic Science and Criminal Justice from the University of Leicester, UK. He obtained his Masters Degree in Law (LL.M) from the University of Lagos and a Barrister-at-Law (B.L) from the Nigerian Law School. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Law (LL.B Hons) from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife. He is a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria having been called to the bar in 1989. He practiced law in leading law firms in Lagos for some time before establishing his practice in 1996. Having practiced widely as a barrister, he has been extensively exposed to case-law and legislation in various aspects of the law in both civil and common law jurisdictions. Dr Bewaji has also undertaken major consultancy works in his career particularly, in the areas of banking, taxation, financial regulation and regulatory compliance.

He was a member of the Federal House of Representative of the Nigerian National Assembly for eight years, half of which was spent serving as a Minority Leader and member, National Assembly Body of Principal Officers. During the said period he was an outstanding member of very important Congressional Standing Committees such as the House Committees on the Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters; Privatization and Commercialization; Niger Delta; Solid Minerals and the Ad-Hoc Committee on the boundary dispute between the Republic of Cameroon and the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He also served as Chairman of very important Special Committees of the House of Representatives, such as the House Special Committee on the Review of the Petroleum Products Pricing and Regulatory Agency law and the House Special Committee on the Judgment of the International Court of Justice in the case between the Republic of Cameroun and the Federal Republic of Nigeria. For two consecutive terms spanning a period of seven years (2000-2003, 2003-2006), he was a highly respected member of the influential National Assembly Joint Committee on the Review of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999.
Dr Bewaji’s eight-year distinguished sojourn in parliament has imbued him with the rare privilege of forensic insight and deep understanding of the law and legislation, an advantage that would prove invaluable upon his auspicious return to the academics and legal practice. His research work “Insider Dealing: Paradigm for autochthonous regulatory regimes in developing jurisdictions’’ has been published into a book by the University of Leeds and is now on sale on the Google books portal. He is the author of the internationally acclaimed academic research textbook “Insider Trading in Developing Jurisdictions” published by Routledge (UK, USA and Canada) on sale online and at major bookshops worldwide in both print and electronic formats (www.routledge.com/97804155352, www.amazon.com). Dr Bewaji’s main scholarly and research interests are in the areas of Corporate and Commercial Law, International Business Law, Property Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, International Law of the Sea and Oil and Gas Law. Dr Bewaji is a recipient of many awards, notable amongst which is the award of the Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Services conferred by Marc H. Morial, Mayor of New Orleans, USA and the National Assembly/United States Agency for International Development’s Certificate of Achievement.

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