Mary-Jean is a freelance writer and was most recently the Senior Editor for the Harvard Africa Policy Journal. Her research interests revolve around the following: the role of the media in economic development, feminist legal theory, legal philosophy, human rights, international trade law and policy, economic development and financial inclusion. Her LL.M. thesis entitled Nigeria’s Failure to Fully Embrace the AGOA: A Case of Nigeria’s Resource Curse and a Myopic Political Culture, focused on preferential trade agreements, particularly the African Growth and Opportunity Act and its implications on Nigeria’s and South Africa’s economies, respectively. Mary-Jean is a One Young World Ambassador and holds an LL.M. from Harvard Law School and a LL.B. (cum laude) from the University of Pretoria, South Africa.
Her research to be undertaken at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Oxford will explore whether the post-colonial epistemology of African narratives – in the international mainstream media – are shaped by ideological influences rooted in post-colonialism and its effect on power relations in the global political economy. The research will further explore the extent to which international legal instruments that protect freedom of speech and expression (in the media) can act as tools in ensuring a more pluralistic dissemination of information – to the international community – relating to the African narrative.