Irehobhude O. Iyioha

Associate Professor
Director, Black Professionals Leadership Program (BPL)​​

Ireh Iyioha

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Dr. Irehobhude O. Iyioha (‘Ireh Iyioha’), LL.B., LL.M., B.L., Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Victoria. She joined the University of Victoria as an Assistant Professor in 2019 and was promoted to Associate Professor (with tenure) in 2021. Prior to joining the University of Victoria, she held teaching positions at the Faculties of Law at Western University, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Alberta, Canada. Since 2017, she has held the position of Associate Adjunct Professor at the Dossetor Centre for Health Ethics, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at York University, where she teaches and supervises student research in the Osgoode Hall Professional Master of Laws (LL.M.) Program. Her career has spanned research and senior policy positions with the governments of Ontario and Alberta, as well as non-profit leadership. She is the Founder and Director of the Black Professionals Leadership Program (BPL)—an educational support and leadership training program for Black law students at the University of Victoria.

Dr. Iyioha is editor and co-editor of two books – Women's Health and the Limits of Law: Domestic and International Perspectives, 1st Edition (Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 2020) and Comparative Health Law and Policy: Critical Perspectives on Nigerian and Global Health Law (London: Ashgate, 2015) (with R. N. Nwabueze). Her publications have appeared in edited collections and leading Canadian and international law journals, including Oxford University’s Statute Law Review, Canadian Journal of Law and Society (Cambridge University), Edinburgh University’s African Journal of International and Comparative Law and York University’s Transnational Human Rights Review. She has served in several visiting academic positions, including as a Nathanson Visiting Fellow at the Jack and Mae Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security at Osgoode Hall Law School, Visiting Scholar at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, and as Visiting Academic at the University of Alberta.

Dr. Iyioha is the recipient of the University of Victoria Law Students’ Society First Year Class Teaching Award, 2022. Her scholarship and service to the local and global communities have been recognized nationally and internationally through numerous awards and honours, including the 18th World Congress on Medical Law Award issued by the World Association for Medical Law for her formative work on legal effectiveness and a 2017 Canadian Association of Law Teachers (CALT) Award for scholarly work that makes a substantial contribution to legal literature for her theory of Substantive (Legal) Effectiveness. She was honoured with a Top 40 under 40 in Edmonton Award by Avenue Magazine for “writing and teaching law with an unflinching commitment to human rights,” and received the 2018 Stars of Alberta Award from the Queen’s Representative, the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, and the Minister of Culture and Tourism for exemplary leadership in service and improving the overall quality of life of Albertans and the community.

She holds a Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Development Grant for a multi-country study of populism and obedience to law in the context of public health restrictions, and was a 2021 Recipient of a Canadian Bar Association (CBA) Law for the Future Fund Grant (LFFF) to study inequality and the limits of pandemic law and policy.

  • LL.B. (Hons) - University of Benin (with Highest Honours)
  • BL - Nigerian Law School
  • LL.M. - University of Toronto
  • Ph.D. - University of British Columbia
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow - University of Western Ontario
  • Certificate of Qualification - National Committee on Accreditation, Federation of Law Societies of Canada

Books

  1. Irehobhude O. Iyioha,, Women’s Health and the Limits of Law: Domestic and International Perspectives (Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 2020).
  2. Irehobhude O. Iyioha (and R.N. Nwabueze), eds, Comparative Health Law and Policy: Critical Perspectives on Nigerian and Global Health Law (London: Ashgate, 2015).
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Development Grant, 2021-2024
  • Strategic Framework Impact Fund (SFIF), 2021-2023
  • University of Victoria Internal Research and Creative Project Grant (IRCPG), 2021-2023
  • Canadian Bar Association (CBA) Law for the Future Award, 2020-2022
  • University of Victoria Law Students’ Society First Year Class Teaching Award, 2022
  • Canadian Association of Law Teachers (CALT) Scholarly Paper Award (co-recipient)
    For a scholarly Paper that Makes a Substantial Contribution to Legal Literature
  • World Congress on Medical Law Award – 1st Place Prize
    Awarded by the World Association for Medical Law (WAML), University of Zagreb, Croatia
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research Training Program in Health Law and Policy Fellowship (CIHR)
  • British Columbia Law Foundation Fellowship
  • Star of Alberta Award
    Issued by Her Majesty the Queen's Representative, The Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, and the Hon. Minister of Culture and Tourism
  • Top 40 Under 40 Award, Avenue Edmonton, Class of 2018
  • TD Bank Immigrant of Distinction Award
    For Outstanding Achievements in Professional and Service Capacities
  • Ontario Ministry of Health and the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technology in Health (CADTH) Research Grant