Nnamdi Kalu Ezera

Senior Counsel

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Nnamdi Kalu Ezera is a Senior Counsel for the Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) of the U.S. Department of Commerce Office of the General Counsel.  Mr. Ezera's areas of responsibility have included working with the Southern Africa Development Community on intellectual property rights legislation, the harmonization of commercial laws among the Francophone and Anglophone states of West Africa, the reform of intellectual property, procurement law, and project finance in Nigeria, and commercial law reform in Egypt. Currently, Mr. Ezera works with the countries of Southeast Europe.

Mr. Ezera worked with the Central and East European Law Initiative of the American Bar Association (CEELI) as Country Director responsible for designing, coordinating, and implementing programs which provided technical legal assistance to the emerging democracies of Central and Eastern Europe and the Newly Independent States of the former Soviet Union.  He has worked in the area of commercial law reform, initiating and shepherding the development of commercial law centers and participating in numerous commercial law training workshops.

As co-director of the American Bar Association African Law Initiative (AFLI), a nascent rule of law program designed to support legal reform and advance the rule of law in Africa, Mr. Ezera conducted in-country assessments of the South African legal education system and the Nigerian legal/judicial system.  Additionally, Mr. Ezera has worked and traveled extensively on the African continent as a journalist on comparative African politics.

Mr. Ezera was born in Nigeria.  He received a Bachelor's degree in International Relations/ Political Science from Johns Hopkins University and a Juris Doctor from the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley.  He is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia.

Upcoming Programs

August 1, 2020 - April 30, 2021

Throughout the quarter, CLDP engaged with numerous experts to prepare and record eight separate sessions on trade topics, specifically designed for Afghanistan’s approximately 25 Commercial Attachés posted throughout the world. In May 2018, CLDP spent one week training the same group of Attachés in a comprehensive course designed for them prior to their departure. This updated training course is intended to provide more advanced training on relevant topics now that the Attachés have been serving in their posts for more than two years.  The topics for these presentations were identified based on consultations with the Attachés and relevant stakeholders in the last quarter. Topics include drafting international contracts, attracting foreign direct investment, negotiation strategies, and two sessions on working trade shows. The series of pre-recorded virtual presentations, including translated copies of the presentations, will be delivered on a rolling basis to the Attachés. In addition, future topics will be recorded and shared with the participants. These virtual recordings will be saved in an online repository, which will be available for any interested party to view, including the private sector. 

March 15, 2021 - May 24, 2021

CLDP in close collaboration with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) trained Bahrain Innovation and Technology Center (BITC) staff regarding filing patents in the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council).  This program was part of a CLDP/USPTO collaboration to conduct over 40 hours of intellectual property training for the BITC.  The program included training on how to obtain patents and copyrights in the US as well as other jurisdictions.  

CLDP in Action

February 24, 2021 - February 25, 2021

On February 24-25, CLDP conducted a workshop on FIDIC contracts for a delegation of Sri Lankan officials from the Attorney General’s office.

Read More about Sri Lanka: FIDIC Contracts Workshop