Areto Imoukhuede

Areto Imoukhuede

Professor of Law


J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 2002
B.A., Northwestern University, 1999

Professor Areto Imoukhuede holds a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, where he served as President of the Student Bar Association and was awarded the Dean’s Certificate for Outstanding Service.  He holds a B.A. in Economics from Northwestern University where he was awarded the Golden Bear Award for Financial Acumen.  Professor Imoukhuede has taught contracts, U.S. Constitutional law, an advanced course on constitutional law and theory, and an international law course overseas.

Professor Imoukhuede researches and writes on education as a fundamental duty as well as on homeland security law and policy.  His article, The Fifth Freedom: The Constitutional Duty to Provide Public Education is a powerful and provocative argument for why there is a fundamental duty to provide public education under the U.S. Constitution.  Freedom from Ignorance: The International Duty to Provide Public Education, continues his “fundamental rights as duties” project that he began with The Fifth Freedom. It argues that public education is an international human right that the U.S. ought to recognize and protect. The next article in this project, Education Rights and The New Due Process, was recently published in volume 47 of the Indiana Law Review.  It argues that without an educated citizenry, liberty and democracy are empty concepts, devoid of meaning for all but the economically privileged and socially advantaged.

Before joining the Shepard Broad Law Center faculty, Professor Imoukhuede served as Investigative Counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security.  There he investigated the operations of the Department of Homeland Security and drafted legislation and committee reports while also advising the Members of Congress on Homeland Security law and policy.

Professor Imoukhuede has served as a Congressional Fellow in the U.S. House of Representatives where he conducted extensive research on U.S. education policy and related domestic and international issues.  He also interned in the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division where he concentrated on airline mergers and international commerce issues.

In addition to his federal government service, Professor Imoukhuede practiced complex commercial litigation and business regulation in the Chicago offices of a large U.S. law firm.  He represented several Fortune 100 clients and prepared and analyzed a variety of contracts, licensing agreements, and other legal documents in major antitrust, pharmaceutical, and franchising disputes.

Professor Imoukhuede is a member of the Bars of Illinois, the District of Columbia, and the Northern District of Illinois.  He is a proud Eagle Scout.

Areas of Interest

  • Constitutional Law
  • Education Law and Policy
  • Homeland Security
  • Privatization / Outsourcing

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