Due to COVID-19 safety guidelines, the Department of Gender and Women's Studies main office and building are closed effective 10 Sep, 2020 until further notice. The GWS office can be reached by voicemail at 520-621-7338 or by email at SBS-GWS@email.arizona.edu.

We at the Department of Gender and Women's Studies stand with UA’s Institute for LGBT Studies to “vehemently oppose the continued attack on transgender rights. We stand in solidarity with our trans* family, friends, colleagues, and community and are committed to support movement toward inclusive education in Arizona, which encompasses trans* peoples’ right to participate in sports and athletic teams.”

Leslye Obiora J.S.D.

About Leslye Obiora J.S.D.

Courses Taught:
Human Rights Public International Law Jurisprudence Gender and Law

Stanford Law School, J.S.D. (2000)
Yale Law School, LL.M. (1988)
University of Nigeria, LL.B. (1984)

Admitted to Practice

Personal Work Experience
Professor of Law, Rogers College of Law, 1997 - present
Cabinet Minister, Federal Government of Nigeria, Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, 2006 - 2007
Visiting Gladstein Professor, University of Connecticut, 2003
Manager, Africa Region Gender & Law Program, World Bank, 1999 - 2000
Visitor, Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton, 1998
Visiting Scholar, Stanford University, 1996 - 1997; Summer 2002
Assistant Professor, Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, 1992 - 1996
Teaching & Research Assistant to Prof. Lawrence Friedman, Stanford University, 1991
Attorney, McCutchen Doyle Brown & Enersen, California, 1990
Attorney, Durant Sabanosh, Connecticut, 1989
Research Assistant to Prof. Geoffrey Hazard, Yale University, 1988
Attorney, U. Uche & Associates, Lagos, Nigeria, 1986 - 1987
Attorney, Ministry of Justice & Mercantile Bank, Calabar, Nigeria, 1985 - 1986

Representative Publications
"Supri, supri, supri, Oyibo?": An Interrogation of Gender Mainstreaming Deficits, 29 Signs: J. Women in Culture & Soc'y 649 (2004).
Toward an Auspicious Reconciliation of International and Comparative Analyses, 46 Am. J. Comp. L. 669 (1998).
Bridges and Barricades: Rethinking Polemics and Intransigence in the Campaign Against Female Circumcision, 47 Case W. Res. L. Rev. 275 (1997), excerpted in Katherine T. Bartlett & Angela P. Harris, Gender and the Law: Theory, Doctrine, Commentary 1026 (2d ed. 1998), and reprinted in Global Critical Race Feminism 260 (Adrien Katherine Wing ed., 2000).
Reconsidering African Customary Law, 17 Legal Stud. F. 217 (1993).

Speaker (Power, Gender & Social Change Conf., Cornell Univ., Ithaca, N.Y., Apr. 2006).
Speaker (Law & Society African Renaissance Forum Conf., Durban, South Africa, Dec. 2005).
Keynote Speaker (Nigerian Inst. Public Relations National Congress, Awka, Nigeria, Aug. 2004).

African Women Scholars
Founding Member
Nigerian Scholars for Dialogue

Charter Member
American Bar Association
Steering Committee, African Law Section, 1997
Law & Society Association

Board Member; African Renaissance Review Editor Search; and Planning Commission, 1998
Casa de los Ninos

Board Member

Board Member
Tucson Art Museum

Board Member
Tucson Human Relations Commissioner
American Association of International Law
African Studies Association
University of Arizona Middle-Eastern Studies Program
University of Arizona International Studies Program
University of Arizona Women's Studies Program
University of Arizona Africana Studies Program

Public Service
Founder, Institute for Research on African Women, Children & Culture
Convener, Stimulating Philanthropy in Nigeria Leadership Forums
Rockefeller & Berstelsmann Foundations Philanthropy Workshop: Cohort 10
Guest Editor & Review, Law & Policy; Dialectical Anthropology
Review, SIGNS, LSR, African Literature Review, American Anthropologist, Transforming Anthropology
Review, Law & Social Inquiry, Law & Policy, AJCL, WSIF, Canadian J. Women & Law, Canadian J. Political Science
Review, NSF, ACLS, MacArthur, University of California Press, University of Florida Press, Palgrave 1997
Editor, American Bar Association Law Year-in-Review 1997

Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University  2008
Djerassi Resident Artist Program, Woodside, California  2004
Flora Nwapa Recognition of Excellence  September 2002
Convener, Ministerial Conference on Gender & Law, World Bank  May 2000
Bellagio Study Center Fellowship, Rockefeller Foundation  2000
Institute for Advanced Studies Fellowship  1997 - 1998
University of Arizona Faculty Research Grant  1998; 2003
Indiana University Faculty Research Grant  1993
AAUW Educational Foundation International Fellowship  1992
Stanford Institute for International Studies Grant  1991
Nigerian National Youth Corps Outstanding Service Award  1985
Founder, Indigent Patients' Free Medical Care Center, Nigeria  1985

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Contact Information

Leslye Obiora J.S.D.
Professor of Law, Law
Telephone: 520-621-1881
Fax: 520-621-9140
Office: College of Law Building