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About Olabisi D. Akinkugbe

Olabisi D. Akinkugbe is an Assistant Professor at the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University. He obtained a Ph.D. in law from the University of Ottawa, an LL.M. from the University of Toronto, and an LL.B. from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. 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. In Spring Term of 2021, he was an Adjunct Visiting Assistant Professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University where he taught a seminar on Law & Development.

Professor Akinkugbe is a co-founding editor of blog which focuses on all aspects of international economic law as they relate to Africa and the Global South; and the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the African Journal of International Economic Law (AfJIEL). He sits on the Editorial Board of the Journal of International Economic Law (JIEL), the Board of International Law Association (ILA) Canada; and the Executive Council of the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL). He previously served as President, African International Economic Law Network (AfIELN). He is a Co-Managing Editor of the Nigerian Yearbook of International Law

His research interests are at the intersection of international economic law, international human rights law, international investment law, law and development, international courts, and business law as they relate to Africa. He explores these issues from the national, regional, and international contexts. 
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.
Areas of Supervision: Africa and International Economic Law, Regional Economic Integration in Africa, International Courts, International Law and Development.


Present Assistant Professor, Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law


2016 - Present Regional and National Courts and Africa's Economic Integration: A Study of the East African Community
Insight Development Grant
Colleague(s): Richard Fimpong Oppong
2020 - 2022 Illicit Financial Flows, Africa, and Sustainable Development
Dalhousie University
Dalhousie Belong Research Award
2019 - 2021 The African Sovereign Debt Justice Network
Open Society Initiative
Role: Co-Applicant
2015 - 2015 Nicole Sencal Graduate Scholarship in International Law
2013 - 2015 University of Ottawa Excellence Award
University of Ottawa
2011 - 2015 University of Ottawa Admission Scholarship
University of Ottawa
2007 - 2008 Innovation Law Scholarship
Centre for Innovation Law and Policy, University of Toronto
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2021 - Present Member, Marine & Environmental Law Institute
2020 - Present Director, International Law Association, Canada
2020 - Present Board Member, Journal of International Economic Law
2020 - Present Director, Society of International Economic Law
2018 - Present President, African International Economic Law Network (SIEL)
2015 - Present Member, Canadian Law and Society Association
2013 - Present Member, Society of International Economic Law (SIEL)
2012 - Present Member, American Society of International Law, Economic Law Group
2011 - Present Community Member, Human Rights Research and Education Centre, Ottawa
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Honors and Awards

  • 2015-2016 Nominee, University of New Brunswick Faculty of Law Teaching Excellence Award


  • International Human Rights Law (LAWS 2074)
  • International Trade Law (LAWS 2056)
  • Contracts and Judicial Decision Making (LAWS 1000 X/Y)


LLB Hons, University of Lagos ‐ Faculty of Law
PhD, University of Ottawa ‐ Faculty of Law
Licentiate Degree, Law, University of Abuja, Nigeria ‐ Faculty of Law
LLM, University of Toronto ‐ Faculty of Law

Contact Information

Schulich School of Law
Weldon Law Building
6061 University Avenue
PO Box 15000
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4R2


Books (2)

Book Chapters (8)

Latest Publications (Selected)

Journal Articles (Peer-Reviewed) (21)

Latest Publications (Selected)