Olabisi D. Akinkugbe

Associate Professor, Viscount Bennett Professor of Law

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:
  • International Economic Law
  • International Investment Law
  • International Law & Development
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Business Law and Transnational 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 Delebayo Akinkugbe is an Associate Professor of Law and the Viscount Bennett Professor of Law at the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University. Professor Akinkugbe 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.

Professor Akinkugbe holds several leadership positions within international law and international economic law journals and professional associations. He is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the African Journal of International Economic Law; and serves as the Editor of the International Decision section of the American Journal of International Law. He is a member of the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law, Journal of International Economic LawJournal of World Investment and Trade, and the Canadian Yearbook of International LawOcean Yearbook.

Professor Akinkugbe is active in the governance of international societies in his field. He serves as a member of the Executive Councils of the Canadian Council of International LawAmerican Society of International LawSociety of International Economic Law, and the Advisory Board of the African International Economic Law Network. He also serves as a member of the Steering Committee of the Academic Forum on Investor-State Dispute Settlement.

Professor Akinkugbe is a founding editor of Afronomicslaw.org. Afronomicslaw.org focuses on all aspects of international economic law as they relate to Africa and the Global South. Afronomicslaw.org currently hosts the following initiatives: the African Sovereign Debt Justice Network; the African Journal of International Economic Lawindividual blog posts as well as thematic symposiaBook Review SymposiumIndaba (important conversations); Webinars; and the Academic Forum.

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 from 2015 to 2017. 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. He previously worked as an Associate in the law firm of Aluko & Oyebode, Lagos, Nigeria and as Legal Counsel at Lekki Concession Company, Nigeria. He previously served as President of the African International Economic Law Network, the Co-Managing Editor of the Nigerian Yearbook of International Law, and on the Board of the International Law Association (Canada).


Professor Akinkugbe's scholarly expertise covers several topics on issues in and at the intersection of public international law, international economic law, international human rights, international law and development, international courts, and regional economic integration in Africa. He explores these issues from the national, regional, and international contexts. His research draws on critical traditions such as Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL), socio-legal approaches to law, post-colonialism among others.


  • Contracts and Judicial Rule-Making
  • International Investment Law
  • International Trade Law

Selected Publications

Book Chapters

  • The Challenge to the Rule of Law and Democracy in Contemporary West and Central Africa in Gregory Shaffer and Wayne Sandholtz (Ed.), The Rule of Law Under Challenge: The Enmeshment of National and International Trends, (Cambridge University Press, 2024) 
  • Corporate Structures and the Attribution Dilemma in Multinational Enterprises, in Melissa J. Durkee (Ed.), The Law and Logistics of Attribution: Constructing the Identity and Responsibility of States and Firms. (2024, Cambridge University Press, ASIL Studies in International Legal Theory) (with James Thuo Gathii) 
  • ‘The Criticism of Eurocentrism and International Law: Countering and Pluralizing the Research, Teaching, and Practice of Eurocentric International Law” in The Oxford Handbook of International Law in Europe, Anne van Aaken, Pierre d’Argent, Lauri Mälksoo & Johann Justus Vasel (Eds.), (Oxford University Press, 2023) (with Makane Moïse Mbengue)
  • A Critical Appraisal of the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement in International Economic Law from a (South) African Perspective, Franziska Sucker, and Kholofelo Kugler (Eds.), pp. 283-306, (JUTA Law, South Africa; 2021) 
  • Towards an Analyses of the Mega-Politics Jurisprudence of the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice in James Thuo Gathii (Eds.) The Performance of Africa’s International Courts: Using International Litigation for Political, Legal, and Social Change, pp. 149-177 (2020, Oxford University Press)

Journal Articles

  • Race & International Investment Law: On the Possibility of Reform and Non-retrenchment. (2023) American Journal of International Law, 117(3), 535-547 (Review Essay)
  • International Investment Law and Climate Justice: The Search for a Just Green Investment Order, (2023) 46 Fordham Int'l L.J. 169 (with Adebayo Majekolagbe)
  • Judicializing Election Disputes in Africa’s International Courts, (2022) 84 Law and Contemporary Problems181-218 (with James Thuo Gathii).
  • Africanization and the Reform of International Investment Law, Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law, (2021) Volume 53:1,7-33.
  • Dispute Settlement under the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement: A Preliminary Assessment, (2020) African Journal of International and Comparative Law 28pp. 138-158.

External Grants

2021-2024: SSHRC Insight Development Grant, Illicit Financial Flows, Trade and the Sustainable Development Conundrum in Africa

2020-2022Dalhousie Belong Research Award, Illicit Financial Flows, Africa, and Sustainable Development

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)