Luke Nwibo Eda

Luke Nwibo Eda

  • leda at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
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Luke Nwibo Eda obtained his Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) Degree with “First Class Honours” from Ebonyi State University Nigeria in 2013 and a Master of Laws (LL.M) Degree with “Distinction” in Public International Law from Bournemouth University United Kingdom in 2017. In May 2021, Luke bagged a PhD in Law from Bournemouth University. Earlier in 2015, he obtained his Barrister at Laws (B.L) Honours Degree from the Nigerian Law School Lagos. He is an enrolled Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. Before joining Bournemouth University in September 2016, he had worked with Kola Sodiya & Co, a firm of legal practitioners and consultants in Lagos Nigeria. Working with this law firm as an attorney, Luke acquired considerable experience in litigation (civil and criminal) and has represented numerous individual and corporate clients in superior courts of records across Nigeria. Luke is a proud recipient of many prestigious academic and scholarship awards. Among them: Attorney General of Ebonyi State award for best graduating student in constitutional law, Ebonyi State University (2015); Fully Funded Abakaliki Local government Area Ebonyi State Nigeria Undergraduate Scholarship award for academic excellence (2009-2013); the highly prestigious Fully Funded British Government Commonwealth Shared Scholarship award for Master’s study tenable at Bournemouth University United Kingdom (2016-2017); and a highly competitive Fully Funded open call PhD Studentship for his winning PhD research proposal on 'Missing Migrants' (selected out of 90 applicants) awarded by Bournemouth University (2017-2020).


Luke’s research interests span the different fields of Public International Law from general principles of international law and institutions to specific principles/doctrines of international human rights law, international humanitarian law, international criminal law and international criminal justice, transitional justice, transnational law as well as international migration and refugee law. In particular, he is interested in the examination of specific exceptions to general rules of international law from an interdisciplinary and policy-oriented perspective. He is currently developing new research themes around the interface between international human rights law and counterterrorism measures and how certain state-invented counterterrorism doctrines attempt to limit the applicability of international law rules/norms to such measures. In addition, Luke is also currently investigating the international history of modern human rights in different continental jurisdictions, especially the African jurisdiction and their interconnections with the development of human rights and constitutionalism in Great Britain. Building on the works of international human rights scholars that provide a philosophical foundation to the origin of modern human rights, Luke seeks to understand how the universalist claims of western positive law that it has replaced the erstwhile pre-human legal order in primitive societies now sit tight at the heart of modern discourses on the international history of human rights in the world...


Journal Articles

  • Eda, L.N., 2021. How Transnationally Effective are the UK Migration Policies in Relation to Missing Migrants? A Transnational Law Perspective. Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, 54 (2), 343-412.
  • Bachmann, S.D. and Eda, L.N., 2018. Pull and Push-Implementing the Complementarity Principle of the Rome Statute of the ICC Within the AU: Opportunities and Challenges. Brooklyn Journal of International Law, 43 (2), 457-543.


  • Eda, L.N., 2021. Missing Migrants: Legal Obligations and Psychosocial Implications for Families. PhD Thesis. Bournemouth University, Faculty of Media and Communication.

Profile of Teaching PG

  • International Criminal Law and International Criminal Justice
  • International Human Rights Law
  • LL.M Dissertation Supervision

Profile of Teaching UG

  • LL.B Dissertation Supervision
  • Advanced Criminal Law
  • Law of Obligations (Focus on English Law of Contract)
  • Academic Advisor Role
  • LL.B Legal Project Supervision
  • Human Rights Law (European and UK Human Rights)
  • English Legal System and Skills
  • Law and Government

Conference Presentations

  • Luke Nwibo Eda, "Transnational Legal Problems and the New Haven School Policy Oriented Jurisprudence", 09 Mar 2022, Department of Humanities and Law Research Seminar Series, FMC, Bournemouth University, United Kingdom
  • Luke Nwibo Eda "Does Bare Life Become Bare Bodies Upon Death? On the Biopolitics of Migrant Deaths in the Mediterranean and Drawing of Lines Between Mournable and Unmournable Psychosocial Bodies", 01 Jul 2021, Association of Psychsocial Studies International Conference, University of Essex, United Kingdom 9 July 2021
  • Luke Nwibo Eda, "How Transnationally Effective are the UK Migration Policies in Relation to Missing Migrants", Justice for Transnational Human Rights Violations International Conference, 19 Jun 2019, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Luke Nwibo Eda, "Missing Migrants: Is Missing Data the Missing Link and Can Potentials of the Big Data Regime be Leveraged to Bridge Information Gaps?", 20 Mar 2019, INFOSOC Seminar Series, Bournemouth University United Kingdom
  • Luke Nwibo Eda, "EU and US Privacy Law Running on a Collision Course: Is There Anything Like A ‘Right to be Forgotten’ and Can Lessons be Learnt from Google Spain v. AEPD and González", 21 Nov 2018, INFOSOC Seminar Series, Bournemouth University United Kingdom
  • Luke Nwibo Eda, "Sorry but the UK is Full to Capacity: Comprehending the UK Policy Approach to Tackling the Europe Migrant Crisis", FMC PGR Conference, 17 Nov 2017, Bournemouth University, United Kingdom


  • PhD in Law (Bournemouth University, United Kingdom, 2021)
  • LLM in Public International Law (Bournemouth University United kingdom, 2017)
  • B.L (Barrister at Law) Honours Degree in Law (Nigerian Law School Lagos, 2015)
  • LLB (Hons) in Law (Ebonyi State University Abakaliki Nigeria, 2014)


  • UK Global Talent Recipient/Recognition as 'Emerging Global Leader' in the Field of Law (British Government, 2022)
  • Fully Funded PhD Studentship for my Winning Research Proposal on Missing Migrants (Bournemouth University, 2017)
  • Fully Funded Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Award for Master's Study (British Government in Conjuction with Bournemouth University, 2016)
  • Honourable Attorney General of Ebonyi State Award for Best Graduating Student in Constitutional Law (Ebonyi State University Nigeria, 2014)
  • Fully Funded Undergraduate Scholarship Award for Academic Excellence (2009-2013) (Abakaliki Local Government Area Ebonyi State Nigeria, 2009)


  • Higher Education Academy of the United Kingdom, Fellow (2020-),
  • Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Member (2015-),