Dr Pontian Okoli is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Stirling. He is also the Director of BA Law Programmes.
Pontian completed his PhD in 2018 at the University of Dundee where he was a Scrymgeour Scholar. He also obtained his LLM with Distinction (International Commercial Law, 2011) from the University of Dundee. His comparative doctoral research, concerning the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments, built on his law practice since 2007 when he qualified as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Nigerian Supreme Court. He obtained his LLB from the University of Nigeria in 2006. Pontian’s law practice focused on International Commercial/Corporate Law and investment risks generally. He worked in two Nigerian law firms and as In House Counsel in a leading Nigerian financial institution with several international branches in Africa and the United Kingdom. During his law practice, Pontian represented clients based in Europe/ United States and worked with European law firms on various international commercial legal transactions.
For nearly half a decade at the University of Dundee, Pontian taught several law modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He undertook the roles of Module Organiser, Course Leader and Tutor. Pontian’s research interests include Private International Law, Comparative Law, intersections between international business transactions and access to justice, and regional integration. Among other research roles, he has been an Editorial Advisory Board member of the Commonwealth Law Bulletin since 2013. Pontian is also a pioneer co-convener of the Dundee Africa Research Network.
Pontian is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Higher Education Academy. He is also the Chair of the Academy and Mentorship Committee, Indonesia International Arbitration Center.