Ofodile elected life member of the American Council on Foreign Relations


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Uche Ewelukwa Ofodile

Uche Ewelukwa Ofodile, professor of law at EJ Ball, has been elected a life member of the American Council on Foreign Relations, one of the world’s leading foreign policy organizations.

With his election to the board, Ofodile becomes one of the few Arkansans and Africans to have been elected a member of the prestigious organization.

Ofodile hopes to take the opportunity to draw attention to some of the pressing issues of our time, including sustainability and climate change; food, nutritional and water insecurity; corporate social responsibility and accountability; global governance issues and challenges; and the risks and opportunities associated with artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies. “I am extremely excited about my lifetime election to the Council on Foreign Relations, whose activities I have followed for over 20 years,” said Ofodile. “I have been inspired by the lives and achievements of esteemed Board members, all of whom are visionaries and change makers. I hope that through my involvement in this association, I will be able to have a better impact on Africa and the world.

Ofodile described how Arkansas is playing a major and growing role in global affairs, and said: “It’s time for the Arkansans to lend their voice to the important issues of our time, from climate change to plastic waste to human trafficking. human beings and artificial intelligence.

Willam Alford, Henry L. Stimson Professor of Law and Associate Dean of Graduate Program and International Legal Studies at Harvard Law School, said: “I am delighted that Professor Uche Ewelukwa Ofodile has been chosen for be part of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is a world leader in scholarship regarding Sino-African relations, and as a person who shares this interest, I can say that her work, which began long before this topic gained prominence, is wonderfully creative while being deeply rigorous.

Shontavia Johnson, Law School Alumnus and Former Ofodile Student, said: “Professor Ofodile’s scholarship, lectures and lectures around the world firmly strengthen his position as both a leader in global discourse. and as a facilitator of law and policy change at all levels. of governance. Johnson, who is currently Associate Vice President for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Clemson University, added: “At a time when our world faces complex issues and challenges, it is heartwarming to know that Professor Ofodile is positioned, through his membership on the council, to lend his voice on critical global issues and to provide advice on important foreign policy choices facing the United States and countries and communities around the world.

Ofodile is Senior Fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard Kennedy School, Honorary Fellow of the Asian Institute of International Financial Law in Hong Kong, and Affiliate Professor of African and African American Studies at Fulbright College, U of A. Arts and Sciences. She researches and writes in the areas of intellectual property law, international trade law, international investment law and international dispute settlement. She has published extensively, including in journals in Yale, Michigan, and Vanderbilt, among others. She is currently working on two books, including one with the University of Oxford. Ofodile is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of International legal documents and currently serves as a book review editor for The law and practice of international courts and tribunals. Ofodile has received numerous awards, including awards from the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs, the Albert Einstein Institution, the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, the Southeast Association of Law Schools, and the American Bar Association Section of International Law. She is the former Secretary General of the African Society of International Law.

With his election, Ofodile joins an organization whose members are among the most distinguished and prominent leaders in the field of foreign policy, including senior government officials, renowned academics, business executives, journalists from renowned, prominent lawyers and prominent nonprofit professionals. Members of the Council on Foreign Relations include former President William J. Clinton; former US Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and Condoleezza Rice; former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano; current and former US Congressmen Eric Cantor and Dianne Feinstein; television hosts such as Fareed Zakaria, Joe Scarborough, Dan Rather and Tom Brokaw; and several CEOs of some of the largest corporations in the United States and around the world.


Created in 1921, the Council on Foreign Relations is an independent, non-partisan organization, think tank, publisher, and educational institution dedicated to educating the public about the foreign policy choices facing the United States and the world.

The council ranks number six on the list of the “50 Most Influential Think Tanks in the United States” and is ranked number 16 on the “2019 Best Think Tanks in the World,” according to the Go To Think Tank Global Index Report 2019.

The council has published since 1922 the widely distributed and highly regarded international business magazine Foreign Affairs. The council also runs the David Rockefeller Curriculum, which influences foreign policy by making recommendations to the presidential administration and the diplomatic community and by testifying before Congress.

In appointing a candidate for membership, board members are required to meet several criteria, including peer rank; intellectual level and expertise; degree of experience, interest and current involvement in international affairs or other fields affecting international affairs; as well as the promise of future achievements and service in foreign relations.

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