Dr Nwanneka Ezechukwu

School of Law


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Dr Nwanneka Ezechukwu
School of Law
Bartolomé House
Winter Street
S3 7ND

I joined the University of Sheffield in 2021. Before joining, I held academic roles at the University of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent University and Birmingham City University.

I hold a PhD in law from the University of Nottingham. My thesis focused on consumer protection in innovative payment services, particularly mobile payments. I also hold an LLM (with distinction) in International Commercial Law from Cardiff University. I am also a first-class graduate of the Nigerian Law School, and I have been called to the Nigerian Bar.

My core research interest is in consumer law and policy. Currently, I focus on how regulatory mechanisms can be used to protect the interests of consumers in the face of rapidly changing technology. I am presently researching the regulation of innovative financial services and online platforms. With the former, while acknowledging the potential for innovative financial services to increase access to formal financial services, I argue that gaps in consumer regulatory frameworks could nullify any expected gains. With the latter, I contend that updated regulatory arrangements are needed to reflect platform providers' growing powers in influencing consumer decision-making and contracts.

I have a track record of producing high-quality research. My doctoral thesis was adjudged to be of high quality, and my PhD was awarded without corrections. I have also published with reputable peer-reviewed journals, including Legal Studies, The Journal of Business Law and the Journal of African Law.

To ensure that I deliver excellent teaching and supervision, I have completed a postgraduate certificate in higher education, and I am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I have also completed a postgraduate research supervision course accredited by the Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA). To improve the practical relevance of my research, I have also completed an advanced certificate in regulatory compliance with the International Compliance Association (ICA).


PhD, The University of Nottingham; LLM (International Commercial Law) Cardiff University; BL, The Nigerian Law School; LLB, The University of Abuja, Nigeria

Research interests
  • Consumer protection law and policy
  • Financial services innovation (particularly payment services)
  • The impact of regulation on financial inclusion
  • The regulation of online platforms
  • Regulatory compliance

Journal articles

Title/Description Awarding Body People Involved Years Funded Amount
Enhancing access to digital financial payment services for women and minority groups in rural areas in Nigeria. Liverpool John Moores University Global Challenges Research Fund Dr Alison Liu ; Dr Chijioke Chijioke-Oforji; Dr Francis Okanigbuan; Dr Paul Jones November 2019 £8,920
Improving attainment for BAME law students

Birmingham City University's Education Development Service

Mrs Chipo Mwale

December 2018 – December 2019

Professional activities

I am the secretary of the Commercial Law Research Network Nigeria (CLRNN). I am also a member of the Society of Legal Scholars, the International Association of Consumer Law and the International Compliance Association. I am also a (non-practising) solicitor and advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria