Olabisi D. Akinkugbe

Assistant Professor


Related information

Email: Olabisi.Akinkugbe@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-4298
Mailing Address: 
Room 422, Weldon Law Building
6061 University Avenue
PO Box 15000
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • African Regional Economic Cooperation/Integration
  • International Law & Development
  • Socio-Legal Approaches to Law
  • Transnational Law
  • Business Law
  • Law & Policy of Public-Private Partnerships


  • LLB Hons. (Lagos, Nigeria)
  • Licentiate Degree, Law (Abuja, Nigeria)
  • LLM (Toronto)
  • PhD (Ottawa)

Bar admission

  • Nigeria, 2004


Olabisi D. Akinkugbe is an Assistant Professor at the Schulich School of Law having previously been a Visiting Assistant Professor from 2017-2018. Before joining the Schulich School of Law, Professor Akinkugbe was an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of New Brunswick where he taught Contracts and two upper-year seminars on International Trade Law, and Law & Economic Development.

Professor Akinkugbe completed his 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.

Prior to his doctoral work, 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’s current research focuses on regional courts and economic integration in Africa. Specifically, he examines the role of regional courts in economic integration in Africa and how the complex socio-historical, economic, political and legal contexts that they are embedded shape them. He also has research interests in Business Law, Transnational Law, African Regional Economic Cooperation/Integration, International Law & Development, and Socio-Legal Approaches to Law.



  • 2016–2019: SSHRC Insight Development Grant, Regional and National Courts and Africa’s Economic Integration: A Study of the East African Community (with Richard Frimpong Oppong)
  • 2015: Nicole Senécal Graduate Scholarship in International Law
  • 2013–2015: University of Ottawa Excellence Award
  • 2011–2015: University of Ottawa Admission Scholarship
  • 2007–2008: Innovation Law Scholarship, Centre for Innovation Law and Policy, University of Toronto

Selected awards & honours

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

Selected publications

  • "Informal networks of corruption: assessing the challenges for public sector whistleblowing in Nigeria" (2018) Jindal Global Law Review, 9(1), 11-28"

  •  “Background: Towards a Scholarly Understanding of Canadian-Anglophone African Engagements: A Critical Assessment of the Canadian-Nigerian Bilateral Relations” (2017) 4 Transnational Human Rights Review, 1–21

  •   Richard Frimpong Oppong, Legal Aspects of Economic Integration in Africa (2015) 18(4) Journal of International Economic Law, 1–4. [Book Review]

  •  “The Dilemma of Public-Private Partnerships as a Vehicle for the Development of Regional Transport Infrastructure in Africa” (2013) The Law and Development Review, Volume 6 Issue 2, 3–28  (Special Issue on “Trade Governance: Integrating Africa into the World Economy through International Economic Law”)

  •  Renu Modi ed., South-South Cooperation: Africa on the Centre Stage (2013) 40(136) Review of African Political Economy, 339–340. [Book Review]

  •  James Thuo Gathii, African Regional Trade Agreements as Legal Regimes (2013) 112(446) African Affairs, 157–159. [Book Review]

Service & activity

  • Member, Society of International Economic Law
  • Member, American Society of International Law, International Economic Law Group
  • Member, Nigerian Bar Association
  • Member, Canadian Law and Society Association
  • Member, Human Rights Research and Education Centre, Ottawa