Olabisi D. Akinkugbe

Assistant Professor

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 D. Akinkugbe is an Assistant Professor at the Schulich School of Law. He joined the Schulich School of Law faculty in 2017 and 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. Before joining the Schulich School of Law, Professor Akinkugbe was an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of New Brunswick.

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.

Prof. Akinkugbe is a founding editor of Afronomicslaw – a blog on all aspects of international economic law as they relate to Africa; and the Co-Managing Editor of the Nigerian Yearbook of International 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.

Areas of Supervision

  • Africa and International Economic Law 
  • Regional Economic Integration in Africa
  • International Courts
  • International Law and 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)
  • 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

  • Olabisi. D. Akinkugbe, Ohio Omiunu, Amaka Vanni, Regis Y. Simo and Luwam Dirar, “Africa’s Participation in International Economic Law in the 21st Century: An Introduction”, (2020) Manchester Journal of International Economic Law, Volume 17, Issue 1: 1-10
  • Olabisi. D. Akinkugbe, “Reverse Contributors? African State Parties, ICSID, and the Development of International Investment Law”, (Invited contribution under review for Special Issue on “Africa and the ICSID System), ICSID Review, Vol. 34, No. 2 (2019), pp. 434–454
  • Olabisi D. Akinkugbe, Sara Seck, and Bayo Majekolagbe, “2018 Developments in Home State Foreign Direct Investment Policies”, Lisa Sachs, Lise Johnson & Jesse Coleman, Yearbook of International Investment Law and Policy, pp. 41-49 (Oxford University Press, 2019) 
  • Olabisi D. Akinkugbe and Sara Seck, “2017 Developments in Home and Host State Policy Responses to Foreign Direct Investment”, Lisa Sachs, Lise Johnson & Jesse Coleman, Yearbook of International Investment Law and Policy, pp. 49-64, (Oxford University Press, 2019) 
  • Olabisi D. Akinkugbe and Adebayo Majekolagbe, “The African Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights Decision in the Ogiek Case: An Appraisal”, in Amissi M. Manirabona & Yenny Vega Cardenas (Eds.) Extractive Industries and Human Rights in an Era of Global Justice: New Ways of Resolving and Preventing Conflicts, pp. 163-200, (LexisNexis, 2019)
  • Olabisi. D. Akinkugbe, “To Recognize or Not” Good Faith under Nigerian Law of Contract”, (2019) Vol. 1, Issue 1, Journal of Commonwealth Law, pp. 1-22 
  • Olabisi D. Akinkugbe, “Informal Networks of Corruption: Assessing the Challenges for Public Sector Whistleblowing in Nigeria” (2018) Jindal Global Law Review, pp. 1-18 (Special Issue on “New Governance Strategies for Preventing Corruption: Law, Theory and Practice”)  

Service & activity

  • 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, International Economic Law Group
  • 2011 – present, Member, Human Rights Research and Education Centre, Ottawa