Leslye Obiora

Professor of Law

Room Number: 230

Leslye Obiora served as the Minister of Mines and Steel Development for the Federal Republic of Nigeria and is currently a Professor of Law at the University of Arizona. Her rich multi-sector experience has earned her distinguished honors and awards. She was the Coca Cola World Fund Visiting Faculty at Yale University and the recipient of prestigious fellowships from the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Study Center, and the Djerassi Resident Artist Program. A former Manager of the World Bank Gender and Law Program, she was the Genest Global Faculty at York University in Toronto and the Visiting Gladstein Human Rights Professor at the University of Connecticut. An exemplary veteran of nonprofit board management, she has been a Trustee of the Association of Members of the Institute for Advanced Study and a two-time member of the Law and Society Association Board. Dr. Obiora has also served on the boards of the YWCA of Southern Arizona, Tucson Art Museum, and Casa de los Niños, among others. Her scholarship has contributed to critical interdisciplinary knowledge and creative public policy.


Curriculum Vitae


  • J.S.D. Stanford Law School
  • LL.M. Yale Law School
  • LL.B. University of Nigeria