Dr Onyója Momah
Onyója is a barrister and legal academic, consistently ranked as a leading junior in The Legal 500 UK. She is an international child and family law expert practising exclusively in the areas of child rights, international parental disputes, inter-country adoption, child protection and gender-based violence. She holds a BA (Hons) in Economics and Law (2009) and was awarded the Frances Oldham QC prize; was called to the Bar of England and Wales, Gray’s Inn (2010) and completed her LL.M thesis with distinction on international parental child abduction (2011), her work was identified as an example of excellence. Alongside practice at the Bar, she was an Elphinstone Scholar and completed her PhD in the private international law of family law at the University of Aberdeen (2018). Her PhD focused on domestic violence in the context of international parental disputes and Article 13(1) b) of the 1980 Hague Convention. Onyoja’s academic articles and papers have been published in peer-reviewed journals and she has guest-lectured as well as presented at various conference, workshops and seminars in the UK and around the world, including Europe, Africa and South America. She currently serves on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Law and Society, and is a past committee/current member of the Child Abduction Lawyers Association; and British Nigeria Law Forum wherein 2016 and 2017, she presented at seminars on child rights in Nigeria and on the benefits of Nigeria implementing the Hague Children’s Conventions; she continues to advocate for this cause. Onyója works with Dr Katarina Trimmings on the POAM project as the project Research Assistant.