Ngozi Okidegbe

Harold A. Stevens Visiting Assistant Professorship


B.A. (Hons), Concordia University 

(Montreal) B.C.L./LL.B. McGill's Faculty of Law 

L.LM., Columbia Law School




Areas of Expertise

Criminal Procedure


Ngozi Okidegbe holds the Harold A. Stevens Visiting Assistant Professorship at Cardozo Law School. While in law school, she clerked for then-Attorney General of Nigeria, Bello Adoke, where she researched barriers to the legal redress of HIV discrimination. Following law school, she clerked for Justice Madlanga of the Constitutional Court of South Africa and for the Justices of the Court of Appeal for Ontario. She also practiced at CaleyWray, a labor law boutique in Toronto.


Okidegbe graduated with an Honors B.A. with distinction from Concordia University in Montreal and with a B.C.L./L.L.B. from McGill University's Faculty of Law, where she was awarded the Edwin Botsford Busteed Scholarship, the Rosa B. Gualtieri Prize, the Daniel Mettarlin Memorial Scholarship, and the Schull Yang Award. She subsequently earned an LL.M. from Columbia Law School, where she graduated as a James Kent Scholar.


Okidegbe's research interests include criminal procedure, evidence, and critical race theory.  Her research explores how race and ideas about race impact procedural and evidentiary outcomes in the criminal justice system. Her most recent scholarship problematizes the admission of defendant-authored rap lyrics as evidence in Canadian criminal cases and was published in the Criminal Law Quarterly in 2018.


Contact Information


Cardozo Law School

55 Fifth Avenue

New York, NY 10003