Staff Profile

Headshot of a smiling Nnenna Ifeanyi-Ajufo

Nnenna Ifeanyi-Ajufo

Biography

I am an Associate Professor of Law, and the Head of Law at Buckinghamshire New University. I was also recently appointed the academic lead for the University’s Centre for Enhancement of the Environment and Innovation.  My teaching and research interests relate to the intersection of law and technology, including the governance of emerging technologies, digital rights and rule of law in cyberspace.

Before joining the University, I was a Senior Lecturer of Law and Technology at Swansea University where I taught the digital rights and intellectual property, innovation and the law modules. I was also a member of the Cyber Threats Research Centre (CYTREC).

I hold a Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB), Bachelor at Law Degree (BL), LLM in International Information Technology Law, MA in African Studies and LLD in International Law. I also hold a Postgraduate Certificate in International Academic Practice and am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). 

I presently serve as the Vice-Chairperson of the African Union Cyber Security Experts Group (AUSCEG). I have been appointed a Technology and Human Rights Fellow at the Carr Centre for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University, USA for the 2022-2023 academic year and am a member of the International Law Association Working Group on Digital Challenges for International Law. In March 2022, I was nominated by the United States Mission to the African Union to participate in the U.S. Department of State International Visitors Leadership Programme (IVLP) on ‘Promoting Cybersecurity’. I was also appointed a mentor on the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Women in Cybersecurity Mentorship Programme 2022.

I have been invited as an expert or appointed as a consultant by distinguished organisations such as the Chatham House, the African Union, the Commonwealth and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and has been invited to speak at several conferences and events including events organised at Council of Europe, Internet Governance Forum, the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research, and many other organisations and Universities. I am presently a lead consultant for the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa’s project on Cybersecurity. In 2020, I was named amongst 50 individuals leading legal innovation in Africa, at the Africa Legal Innovations Award. I have written for a vast range of research projects, journals and media publications including engaging in media debates. I am a contributing editor to the ‘directions’ of the Cyber Direct Project of the European Union Institute for Security Studies. I am also actively engaged in the efforts of the United Nations Open-Ended Working Group on development in ICTs in the context of international security and the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) at the regional and global levels.

 

View my Research Repository here.