Dr. Nkechikwu Valerie Azinge- Egbiri is currently a Lecturer in Business and Commercial Law at Lancaster University, England. Previously, she was an academic at the School of Law, University of Lincoln. Her research interest is in the field of financial services regulation, specifically on anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing (AML/CFT).
Dr. Azinge-Egbiri’s research focuses on the relationship between global financial crime regulation and development, as well as the anti-money laundering compliance trajectory of emerging economies. Her interest in this area culminated in her recent book titled, Regulating and Combating Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing: The Law in Emerging Economies (Routledge 2021). This book is the first of its kind that highlights the paradoxical implications of the global AML/CFT standards on emerging economies and challenges the justification for a uniform benchmarking framework. Her first monograph engineered her first co-edited book project, Global Anti-Money Laundering Regulation: Developing Countries Compliance Challenges. (Routledge, 2023). Focused on leading impactful research and facilitating dialogue on financial crime regulation in emerging economies, Dr. Azinge-Egbiri founded the Global South Dialogue on Economic Crime (GSDEC). Recently, she was appointed by the United Nations as a member of its Knowledge Network for Africa and is a member of the Society for Legal Scholars.
Dr. Azinge-Egbiri’s research has largely influenced her teaching. She has developed two courses focused on International Financial Services Regulation which examine the interplay between global frameworks and their adaptability across developed and developing countries. A core aspect focuses on financial crime regulation and the role of international financial institutions in mitigating this crime.
Dr. Azinge-Egbiri obtained her PhD in International Financial Crime Regulation from the University of Warwick, United Kingdom. She also obtained her LLM in International Economic Law (with a distinction) from the same University. She holds an LL. B degree from the University of Leicester and has been admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.