Olabisi D. Akinkugbe
Professor Olabisi D. Akinkugbe is an Assistant Professor at the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, Canada. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Ottawa, an LL.M. from the University of Toronto, and an LL.B. from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. He currently teaches Contracts and Judicial Decision-Making, International Human Rights Law, and International Trade Law. Before joining the Schulich School of Law, Professor Akinkugbe was an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada where he taught Contracts, Law and Economic Development, and International Trade Law.
As a practising lawyer, Professor Akinkugbe worked as a legal counsel on the first public-private partnership road project in West Africa, where he advised on various aspects of the project and finance contracts. He was also an associate in a law firm in Lagos, Nigeria, practicing corporate and commercial law and an active member of the firm’s litigation and arbitration practice group.
Professor Akinkugbe is a founding editor of Afronomicslaw – the leading blog on all aspects of international economic law as they relate to Africa and the Global South, and the Co-Managing Editor of the Nigerian Yearbook of International Law. He was the immediate past President of the African International Economic Law Network - a regional arm of the Society of International Economic Law.
Professor Akinkugbe uses interdisciplinary materials from political science, sociology, international development studies, economics and history to explore issues of economic development and international economic law as they relate to Africa. He examines the role of regional courts in economic integration in Africa and how the complex socio-historical, economic, (mega)political and legal contexts that they are embedded shape them. He explores these issues from the national, regional and international contexts. Professor Akinkugbe's research and publications can be accessed via his SSRN & Bepress pages.
As an Adjunct Visiting Assistant Professor, Professor Akinkugbe will be teaching Law and Development.