Department: Jurisprudence And Legal Theory
Faculty: Law
Designation : Senior Engineer
Email: chris.anyanwu@unn.edu.ng
Phone: 080

Biography :

Teaching career started at the Nigerian Law School Lagos as a Lecturer Grade 2 in 1993.  Taught for up to twelve years in the Law School before joining the Faculty of Law of the University of Nigeria. In the Law School, Dr Anyanwu taught several courses including Criminal Law, Nigeria Legal System, Jurisprudence and Law of Evidence. These were refresher or remedial courses for Bar Part One or ‘Foreign’ Students of the Nigeria law School. Also taught Civil Procedure, Criminal procedure and Company Law and Practice for Bar Part Two Students of the Law school. Has had the unique opportunity of Law school and University teaching. One of the few well rounded lawyers with practical experience as courtroom advocate as well as substantive law teacher cum researcher.

While teaching in the law school, Dr Anyanwu won the highly competitive British Council/DFID Scholarship for postgraduate studies in good Governance in developing countries, a fully funded scholarship which lasted for one year in 1999. Thereafter, he also won the Research Scholarship of the Faculty of law of the University of Birmingham.  He is thus a British Council Scholar and the first Mary Blake scholar of the University of Birmingham.

Dr. Anyanwu disengaged from the Nigerian Law School in 2005 as a Senior Lecturer, to Join the Faculty of Law of the University of Nigeria. He served briefly as legal consultant/adviser to the then Senate President Federal republic of Nigeria Dr. Anyim Pius Anyim GCON between 2000-2003, also taught public law briefly at the Department of Public Law, Faculty of Law University of Birmingham. He taught Public law in Birmingham as compound subject blending Jurisprudence, Constitutional, administrative and international laws. Relaxes with  watching international and local news on Tv and enjoys stimulating debates in legal philosophy, political theory and history. 

Before Taking Up Appointment At The Law School, Dr Anyanwu was a Legal Practitioner Based In Sango Otta, Ogun State Nigeria and conducted cases both in High Courts and higher Appellate Courts some of which are reported in our Law reports. He still enjoys legal practice. Till date, still engages in pro bono (ie free and public interest legal services to the indigent or less privileged ones. One outstanding case which he conducted from the High Court of Ogun State to the Court of Appeal Ibadan and won on appeal, which was reported in almost all the major Law Reports in Nigeria is the case of Emmanuel Ifere v Trufoods NigeriaLimited reported in [2000) 8 W.R,N at page 30. This was a case of a man from Abakaliki in Ebonyi State living in Sango Otta Ogun State with his wife and eight children. He was employed by the defendant, an Indian company in their plastic making department. With barely one day’s training, they deployed him to operate a dangerous and hazardous machine called JETMASTER. The next day, the machine cut off the five fingers of his right hand and he is a right-handed man. The company gave him a paltry compensation of barely N6,000.00 (six thousand naira) and sacked him. The President of his Town Union in Sango Otta brought him to my Office and relayed their helplessness and the possibility of Ifere and children turning destitute since the Town Union had no money to rehabilitate Ifere or pursue redress against his employers. After failed efforts at dialoging with the Indian Company we sued them at the High Court of Ogun State sitting at Otta. In a rather compromised Judgment the court awarded a paltry N52, 000.00 (Fifty two thousand Naira only) as compensation. I took his case to the Court of Appeal of Nigeria sitting at Ibadan. The Court of Appeal was more sympathetic to his case and awarded damages of nearly N400, 000.00. This was a probono case whose full facts can be read in most Law Reports of Nigeria. 

He is versatile and can work in any environment apart from teaching and law practice. For instance, as a student in the UK, he worked as a Court Security Officer in Brent and Haringey {Highgate} Magistrates Courts in North London under the employment agency of Roye Security Services, also worked as a contract clerk with Virgin Trains in Birmingham City Centre, under Reed Agency. Presently, apart from regular teaching both at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels at the Faculty of Law, UNEC, also did adjunct teaching at Abia State University Uturu, taking Comparative Jurisprudence for LL.M (Postgraduate Students) and Company Law for final year Students. He had also headed or served as member of many administrative committees at the Faculty of Law, University of Nigeria. He was the Faculty of Law representative at the Board of Postgraduate Studies at U N N, for two tenures (2007 to 2009 and 2016 to 2018), and also a member of the university senate.


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Research Interest