SJD Candidate
Thesis title:
Re-evaluating Economic Integration in Africa: Actors, Methods and Outcomes
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Mariam Momodu (Olafuyi) is a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. She specializes in international trade law, law and development and law and globalization. In her doctoral thesis, she re-evaluates economic integration in Africa by exploring the concept of bottom-up economic integration- an analysis of the use of private regulation by non-state actors to facilitate trade within Africa. She also routinely engages in debates about the informal economy and trade facilitation initiatives that affect women and youth in Africa. Mariam is currently a Vanier Scholar at the University of Toronto. She was recently also awarded a Senior Doctoral Fellowship by New College, University of Toronto. 

She obtained her undergraduate degree in law from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, where she was elected as the first female president of the law students' society and set a record for the most outstanding academic result from the faculty.  She then obtained a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from the University of Cambridge, where she was awarded the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship and the Cambridge Trust Scholarship. During her time at Cambridge, she was a co-editor of the Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law and one of the organizers of the annual Cambridge Africa Business Network conference at Judge Business School.

Prior to commencing her doctorate program, Mariam was an adjunct lecturer at the Centre for Law and Business, Lagos. She also worked as in-house counsel for a multinational company and practiced in a tier-one law firm in Nigeria, advising on regional economic integration and trade in Africa.

In addition to her academic endeavours, Mariam is involved in several initiatives that equip young people from underrepresented backgrounds with the skills and knowledge required to access quality education. She also actively advocates for quality education in developing countries.

She has received several recognitions for her work in law, education and development. She was recognized by McKinsey and Co. as one of the 40 Next Generation Women Leaders in Nigeria and was a delegate at the World Youth Forum in 2019.

University of Toronto Doctoral Candidate 2017- Date
University of Cambridge, LL.M
The Nigerian Law School, Lagos, B.L
The University of Ibadan, LL.B (First Class)
Awards and Distinctions
Vanier CGS Scholarship
Emerging Academic Award- University of Toronto African Alumni Association
New College Doctoral Fellowship, University of Toronto
PEO International Peace Scholarship
Delta Kappa Gamma World Fellowship
Faculty of Law, University of Toronto SJD Fellowship
John Stransman Graduate Fellowship in Law and Economics, University of Toronto
Graduate Fellowship in Capital Markets Research, University of Toronto
Scholars Workshop, Institute for Global Law and Policy, Harvard Law School
Delegate, World Youth Forum, African and Arab Youth Platform
Commonwealth Shared Scholarship (University of Cambridge)
Cambridge Trust Scholarship (Honorary)
Best Graduating Student, University of Ibadan Faculty of Law
Professional Affiliations
Senior Doctoral Fellow, New College, University of Cambridge
Member, Infrastructure Policy Commission, Nigerian Economic Summit Group
Member, Nigerian Bar Association
Other information


"Globalization, Technology and Values: Millennials and Gen Z's Interaction With the Global Trading System" at the World Trade Organization Public Forum. October 2019 (Panel Convener and Moderator)

"Can Transnational Private Regulation Facilitate Achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals?" at the Purdy Crawford Workshop on The Role of Business Regulation in Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals. September 2019

Selected Publications

Mainstreaming Non-State Actors in African Economic Integration.

The Informal Economy and the African Continental Free Trade Agreement: Making Trade Work for the Often Overlooked (AfronomicsLaw.Org)

Co-authored chapter published in ‘The Copenhagen Competition 2010 on Access to Medicines’ Laura Nielsen (ed.). Copenhagen: DJOF Publishing, 2010. Print


Research Interests
Business Law
Economic Analysis of Law
International Trade Law
Law and Globalization
Law and International Development
Private International Law
Committee Members