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Macquarie Law School

Uchechukwu Ngwaba

Uchechukwu Ngwaba
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Qualifications

LL.B (University of Jos, Nigeria); B.L (Nigerian Law School); LL.M (University of Lagos, Nigeria)

Profile

Since 2014, Uche Ngwaba has been a doctoral candidate of Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. His thesis is a comparative approach to transforming the health care system of Nigeria trough the right to health. In his thesis work, Uche examines how better health outcomes, and thus universal health coverage, can be achieved through broad systemic changes to the governance framework of health in Nigeria, drawing lessons from the experiences of Brazil, India and South Africa.

Uche has considerable years of experience with the legal profession of Nigeria. He started his legal career as a Litigation Counsel in Chief Ladi Rotimi Williams Chambers Lagos, Nigeria. After over two and half years of high profile litigation, he moved over to the public sector, taking up an academic position as a Research Fellow in the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, combining his private practice with work in the public policy arena. It was while at the Institute that Uche developed the idea for his PhD thesis.

Thesis

Title

"The 'Right to Health' as the Basis for Transforming the Health Care System of Nigeria"

Overview

When widely accepted indicators are used to measure the performance of the health system of Nigeria, it is found wanting in many respects. Challenges such as inadequate funding, poor governance and inadequate constitutional protection of health are identified as responsible for its poor performance. Not much research has linked poor health outcomes with the poor treatment of the right to health. This PhD research adopts a comparative and mixed method to investigate how attention to the right to health in a variety of sites can transform Nigeria's health system. The findings of this study have real world application for Nigeria.

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Selected Publications & Presentations

Book Chapters

  • Uchechukwu Ngwaba, "Harnessing the Economic Benefits of Intellectual Property Rights in Nigeria: Towards a Strategic Development Paradigm" in E. Azinge and C. Okoro, eds., Intellectual Property and Development: Perspectives of African Countries (Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 2013) 29-52.
  • Uchechukwu Ngwaba, "Legislating for Institutional Transformation" in E. Azinge and J. Adediran eds., Legislative Drafting and Transformative Laws (Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 2013) 21-43.
  • Uchechukwu Ngwaba and Chidebere Chinweike "Political Parties of the Second Republic" in E. Azinge and J. Adediran eds., NIGERIA: A Century of Constitutional Evolution (Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 2013) pp. 334-350.
  • Obiora Chinedu Okafor and Uchechukwu Ngwaba, "Economic and Social Rights: A Century of Constitutional Subordination" in E. Azinge and J. Adediran eds., NIGERIA: A Century of Constitutional Evolution (Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 2013) pp. 688-726.
  • Uchechukwu Ngwaba, "The Right to Protest and Politics of Opposition" in E. Azinge and L. Ani, eds., Freedom of Protest (Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 2013) pp. 124-152.
  • Uchechukwu Ngwaba, "Public Policy and Good Governance" in E. Azinge and J. Adediran, eds., Legislating for Good Governance (Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies) pp. 45-66.
  • Uchechukwu Ngwaba, "State of Emergency Under the 1999 Constitution: State Governors' Powers" in E. Azinge ed., State of Emergency in Nigeria: Law and Politics (Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 2013) pp. 214-243.
  • Uchechukwu Ngwaba, "Legislative Framework of Export Processing Zones" in E. Azinge and Stella-Maris Omo eds., Legal Regime of Free Trade Zones (Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 2013) pp. 188-208.
  • Uchechukwu Ngwaba, "Developing an International Perspective on Domestic Violence: A Case Study of Nigerian Women Abroad" in E. Azinge and O. Uche, eds., Law of Domestic Violence in Nigeria (Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 2012) pp. 1-22.
  • Uchechukwu Ngwaba, "Schedules to the Constitution as Aids to Drafting" in E. Azinge and N. Udombana, eds., Drafting Legislation in Nigeria: Constitutional Imperatives (Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 2012) pp. 85-97.
  • Uchechukwu Ngwaba, "Privatisation: Monopoly Money or Competition?" in E. Azinge and L. Ani, eds., Competition Law and Policy for Nigeria (Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 2012) pp. 39-72.
  • Uchechukwu Ngwaba, "Appellate Process" in E. Azinge and D.C.J. Dakas, eds., Judicial Reform and Transformation in Nigeria: A Tribute to Hon. Justice Dahiru Musdapher, GCON, FINALS Chief Justice of Nigeria (Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 2012) pp. 403 - 427.
  • Uchechukwu Ngwaba, "Penal Jurisdiction of the National Assembly" in E. Azinge and S. Ofuani, eds., Nigeria's Legislative Process (Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 2012) pp. 250 - 272.
  • Uchechukwu Ngwaba, "Effective Communication Skills in Legislative Drafting" in E. Azinge and V. Madu, eds., Fundamentals of Legislative Drafting (Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 2012) pp 89-115.
  • Uchechukwu Ngwaba, "The Rights of the Disabled Worker in Nigeria" in E. Azinge and C. Ani, eds., The Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 2011) pp. 466-494.

Journal Articles

  • Uchechukwu Ngwaba, "A Health Care Revolution for Nigeria: Transformative Strategies for integrating mHealth into the Primary Health Care System of Nigeria" (2012) NIALS Journal of Health Law and Policy 1-26.
  • Uchechukwu Ngwaba, "The Regulation of Cyberspace: Rethinking the Traditional Approach to Crime and Punishment" (2012) NIALS Journal of Law and Development 139-176.
  • Uchechukwu Ngwaba, "The Right to Health as the Basis for Transforming the Primary Health Care System of Nigeria" (2013) NIALS Journal of Constitutional Law 207-235.
  • Obiora Chinedu Okafor and Uchechukwu Ngwaba, "The International Criminal Court as a 'Transitional Justice' Mechanism in Africa: Some Critical Reflections" (2015) International Journal of Transitional Justice 1-19.
  • Obiora Chinedu Okafor and Uchechukwu Ngwaba, "Between Tunnel Vision and a Sliding Scale: Power, Normativity and Justice in the Praxis of the International Criminal Court" (2015) XL(2) Africa Development 241-258.

Conference Papers & Presentations

  • Uchechukwu Ngwaba, "Canadian-Nigerian Cooperation in the Area of Children's Rights (1999-2011)" (Paper Presented at the Second Partnership Development Workshop hosted by the Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security and Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies at the National Judicial Institute Abuja, Nigeria, 1 - 2 June, 2015).
  • Uchechukwu Ngwaba, "The 'Right to Health' in International Law: Contestations of Its Coherence and the Argument of Non-Justiciability in Nigeria" (Paper Presented at the First International Conference on Public Health, 2015, "Promoting Global Health through Equitable Access to Health System" Colombo, Sri Lanka, organised by The International Institute of Knowledge Management).
  • Uchechukwu Ngwaba, "Canadian-Nigerian Cooperation in the Area of Democratization (1999-2011)" (Paper Presented at the Partnership Development Workshop hosted by the Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto, Canada, 9th May, 2014).