Isaiah Okorie

PhD Candidate
LL.M in Global Business Law, New York University (Recipient of Dean's Merit Scholarship) LL.M (Maritime Law) National University of Singapore; LL.B (First Class Hons) University of Ibadan

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Refereed journal articles

'Are current port liability provisions in international maritime law adequate in an era of automation?' (2016) Australian Journal of Maritime & Ocean Affairs, 8:2, 147-160, DOI: 10.1080/18366503.2016.1217379

'Diminishing the criminal enclaves at sea: a case for extending states' criminal admiralty jurisdiction over foreign-flagged vessels on the high seas' (2016) Journal of International Maritime Law 21 (1), 33

How my works connects with public policy

My thesis examines state practice on non-refoulement. Investigating the principle of non-refoulement from the lens of state actions has broader implications for refugee protection policies, particularly in promoting evidence based policies. 


Non-Refoulement as Custom: fait accompli or wishful legal thinking?


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Further information

My thesis is an empirical analysis (as opposed to anecdotal or doctrinal analysis) of state practice on non-refoulement with a view to identifying if it is customary in nature, its theoretical foundations, scope and limitations. The thesis aims through this empirical analysis of state practice to propose a theoretical construct of a customary norm of non-refoulement in an international refugee law context; review the legal scholarship on non-refoulement as custom and evaluate how these scholarships measure up with the empirical theoretical construct of the norm and its implications for refugee protection.   

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