Ngozi Okidegbe

Moorman-Simon Interdisciplinary Career Development Associate Professor of Law

Assistant Professor of Computing & Data Sciences

BA, Concordia University
BCL/LLB, McGill University
LLM, Columbia Law School


Ngozi Okidegbe is a Moorman-Simon Interdisciplinary Career Development Associate Professor of Law and Assistant Professor of Computing & Data Sciences. Her focus is in the areas of law and technology, evidence, criminal procedure, and racial justice. Her work examines how the use of predictive technologies in the criminal justice system impacts racially marginalized communities. 

Prior to joining Boston University, she was an Assistant Professor of Law at Cardozo School of Law, where she first joined as the inaugural Harold A. Stevens Visiting Assistant Professor in 2019. Before joining Cardozo, Professor Okidegbe served as a law clerk for Justice Mbuyiseli 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.

Professor Okidegbe holds a Bachelor of Civil Law and a Bachelor of Laws from McGill University’s Faculty of Law. She subsequently earned her Master of Laws from Columbia Law School, where she graduated as a James Kent Scholar.

Professor Okidegbe’s articles have been published or are forthcoming in the Criminal Law Quarterly, Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy, Critical Analysis of Law, Connecticut Law Review, and Cornell Law Review.


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  • Ngozi Okidegbe, Discredited Data 107 Cornell Law Review (2022)
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  • Ngozi Okidegbe, The Democratizing Potential Of Algorithms? 53 Connecticut Law Review (2022)
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  • Ngozi Okidegbe, Of Afrofuturism, Of Algorithms 9 Critical Analysis of Law (2022)
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  • Ngozi Okidegbe, When They Hear Us: Race, Algorithms and The Practice of Criminal Law 29 Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy (2020)
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  • Ngozi Okidegbe, A ‘Bad Rap’: R. v. Skeete and the Admissibility of Rap Lyric Evidence 66 Criminal Law Quarterly (2018)
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  • Ngozi Okidegbe, Redressing HIV/AIDS Discrimination in Nigeria: The Implications of the Anti-Discrimination Act of 2015 11 Africa Policy Journal (2015)
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  • Ngozi Okidegbe, Rethinking Online Privacy in Canada: Commentary on Voltage Pictures v. John and Jane Doe 12 Canadian Journal of Law and Technology (2014)
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In the Media

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  • Futurity March 6, 2023

    Criminal Justice Algorithms Still Discriminate

    Ngozi Okidegbe is quoted.
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  • The Brink February 23, 2023

    Algorithms Were Supposed to Reduce Bias in Criminal Justice—Do They?

    Ngozi Okidegbe provides commentary.
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