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 Prof. John-Mark IYI

Position: Associate Professor
Department: Dean's Office
Faculty: Faculty of Law
Qualifications: LLB (Hons), BL (Hons), Cert. in Peace Res., LLM, PhD.
Tel: 021 959 4046


 John-Mark IYI obtained his LLB (Hons) and BL (Hons) from the University of Benin and the Nigerian Law School, in 1998 and 2000 respectively. He was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 2001 and taught briefly at the Nigerian Police College, Maiduguri between 2001 and 2002. In 2003, he obtained a Certificate in Peace Research from the University of Oslo and received his LLM from the University of Ibadan in 2008. He has also completed the All Africa Course on International Humanitarian Law at the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria in 2010. Dr Iyi received his PhD from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2014 where he was also a Webber Wentzel Scholar and an Associate of the Wits Programme in Law Justice and Development in Africa. From March 2014 to June 2016, he was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the South African Research Chair in International Law, University of Johannesburg from where he joined the University of Fort Hare in 2016 as a Senior Lecturer. He served as an Associate Professor of Jurisprudence at the University of Venda from July 2017 to December 2019. Prof Iyi joined the University of the Western Cape in January 2020 as an Associate Professor. He is a Fellow of the Centre for Maritime Law and Security in Africa (Accra) and a member of several local and international professional bodies including the Academic Council on the United Nations System. His primary research interest lies in public international law and legal theory, international peace and security, human rights, terrorism, African Union and ECOWAS laws.



1.   John-Mark Iyi, Humanitarian Intervention and the AU-ECOWAS Intervention Treaties under International Law: Towards a Theory of Regional Responsibility to Protect (2016) Springer (New York).

2.   John-Mark Iyi & Hennie Strydom (Eds.) Boko Haram and International Law (2018) Springer (New York).


Journal Articles

3.  Re-Thinking the Authority of the UN Security Council to Refer Nationals of Non-Party States to the ICC (2019) 66 Netherlands International Law Review pp. 391-417.

4.   The Role of the African Union and the United Nations in the Operationalisation of R2P in Africa: Towards Legal and Institutional Complementarity (2016) Kazan Journal of International Law & International Relations pp.39-55.

5.  Fair Hearing without Lawyers? The Traditional Courts Bill, Legal Pluralism and the Reform of Customary Justice System in South Africa (2016) 48(1) Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law pp.127-152. 

6.  Introduction: Boko Haram and International Law: Mapping the Legal Terrain for Responding to Insurgencies and Armed Conflicts in Africa (2015) South African Yearbook of International Law pp. 149–156.

7.   Emerging Powers and the Operationalisation of R2P in Africa: The Role of South Africa in the UNSC (2014) 7(1) African Journal of Legal Studies 149-176.

8.   The AU/ECOWAS Unilateral Humanitarian Intervention Legal Regimes and the UN Charter (2013) 21(3) African Journal of International & Comparative Law pp. 488-519.

9.   ‘Issues on South Sudan as a New State and Somalia as a Failed but Re-Emerging State” in Hassane Cisse et al (ed) Fostering Development Through Opportunity, Inclusion, And EQUITY (2013) 5 World Bank Legal Review, World Bank: Washington D.C. pp. 483-503, (with Nmehielle V.O).

10.   The Duty of an Intervention Force to Protect Civilians: A Critical Analysis of NATO’s Intervention in Libya (2012) 2 ACCORD Conflict Trends pp. 41- 48.

11.    The Legal Framework for Sub-Regional Humanitarian Intervention in Africa: A Comparative Analysis of ECOWAS and SADC Regimes (2012) 2(2) SADC Law Journal pp. 281-303.

12.   Somali Piracy and UNSC Resolutions 1816-1851: Dilemma of State Failure and the Burden of Legitimacy (2011) African Yearbook on International Humanitarian Law pp. 47-78.

13.   Obama’s Africa Policy On Human Rights, Use Of Force and Humanitarian Intervention:  In Whose Interest? (2011) 7 (1) Florida A&M University Law Review pp. 29-70.

14.   Kenyan Post-Election Crisis: A Critical Appraisal (Sept. 2011) 4(2) Journal of Politics and Law p. 174-179 (with Adeagbo A.O).


Book Chapters

15.   “On the Brink? The Nigerian State and the Making of Boko Haram” in Iyi & Strydom (Eds.) BOKO HARAM AND INTERNATIONAL LAW (2018) Springer Publishing International, pp. 3-15.

16.   “The Weaponisation of Women by Boko Haram and the Prospects of Accountability” in Iyi & Strydom (Eds.) BOKO HARAM AND INTERNATIONAL LAW (2018) Springer Publishing International, pp. 259-291.

17.   “The Role of Courts in the Protection of Civilians” in Dan Kuwali & Frans Viljoen (Eds.) By All Means Necessary: Protecting Civilians And Preventing Atrocities In Africa (2017) Pretoria University Law Press,  pp.258-287.

18.   “The Role of the African Union Continental Early Warning System in Preventing Mass Atrocities” in Dan Kuwali & Frans Viljoen (eds.) Africa and the Responsibility to Protect: Article 4(H) of the African Union Constitutive Act (2013) Routledge, London. pp. 152-172.

19.   “Democracy and the Development Crisis in Sub-Saharan Africa: Revisiting some Preconditions for a Developmental State Alternative” in Emmanuel Laryea, Nokuhle Madolo & Franziska Sucker (eds.) International Economic Law: Voices of Africa (2012) Siber Ink Publishers: Cape Town. pp. 184-211.

20.  “Boko Haram and the Ambivalence of International Legal Response’’ in Iyi & Strydom (eds.) Boko Haram and International Law (Eds.) (forthcoming 2018) Springer Publishing International, pp. 415-429.​​​​​​​



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