OUR TEAMDr Olisa Agbakoba SAN

Dr. Olisa Agbakoba

SENIOR PARTNERDr Olisa Agbakoba SAN

PRACTICE GROUP: Dispute Resolution /Corporate Commercial
AREA OF SPECIALIZATION: Maritime/Insolvency/Public Interest/Development Law/Space Law

EDUCATION:
London School of Economics – LLM
University of Nigeria Nsukka – LLB

BRIEF BIO:

Dr Olisa Agbakoba is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (equivalent of Queen’s Counsel) and a life bencher of the Body of Benchers.

He is one of Nigeria’s leading experts in Maritime Law and has litigated several complex maritime cases. He has championed legal reforms in maritime law including the Cabotage Act, the National Oceanic Policy and other strategic legislations. He played a major role in the reform of both State and Federal High Court Rules for speedy dispensation of justice. He is the founding President of the Nigerian Chamber of Shipping, a member of the National Assembly Business Environment Roundtable (NASSBER) and Vice Chairman Presidential Committee on the review of the maritime sector.

Dr. Agbakoba is also a leading arbitrator, an initiator and pioneer of Law Firm Annexed Arbitration/ Mediation Centre in Lagos (Nigeria), the Olisa Agbakoba Legal (OAL) Arbitration & Mediation Centre. He designed the ADR mechanism and rules for Asset Management and Recovery of Nigeria (AMCON). He has been involved as counsel and arbitrator in various national and cross border multi-million dollars disputes.

He is a Development law expert and has advocated the application of Law in development planning and economic growth. He has consulted and provided advisory services to the federal and state governments, as well as government ministries, departments and multilateral agencies on legal reforms and legislative advocacy. He has served in various appointive governmental positions and a member of the Nigerian Economic Summit.

Dr. Agbakoba is a leading Human Rights activist, a democracy and Rule of Law scholar. He became the President of the Nigerian Bar Association (2006-2008) and in 1987; founded the Civil Liberties Organization (CLO) of which he was the president from 1987 to 1995.

He has authored numerous books such as the National Oceanic Policy, Development Law Policy, Federal High Court Practice Manual, Maritime Newsletter Volume I & II among many others.

Dr. Agbakoba is Nigeria’s leading Space Law Expert.

ASSOCIATIONS:

  • Past President, Nigeria Bar Association
  • Fellow and 2nd Vice President Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Nigeria)
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Mediators & Conciliators of Nigeria
  • Fellow, Institute of Shipping and Freight Management
  • Founding President, Nigerian Chamber of Shipping
  • Member, International Bar Association
  • Member, Nigerian Maritime Lawyers Association
  • Member, Justice Sector Group Limited by Guarantee
  • Member, Nigerian Environmental Law Society
  • Chair, Arbitration Committee, Nigerian Bar Association
  • Member, the Lagos Court of Arbitration
  • Fellow – Business Recovery and Insolvency Practitioners Association of Nigeria (BRIPAN)

PUBLICATION:

  • THE ORDER 10 PROCEDURE AND OTHER RELATED TECHNIQUES FOR SUMMARY DISPOSAL OF CASES.
  •   BANKRUPTCY PROCEEDINGS
  • MARITIME NEWLETTER VOLUME 1 & 2
  • FEDERAL HIGH COURT PRACTICE MANUAL
  • THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS IN ADMIRALTY PROCEEDINGS
  • A CASE FOR FRESH INITIATIVES IN MARITIME LAWS
  • REFORMS IN MARINE INSURANCE LAW
  • DEBT RECOVERIES; NEW TECHNIQUES FOR THE BANKS
  • SOME OPERATIONAL STRATEGIES OF A HUMAN RIGHTS NGO AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL
  • ROLE OF NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS IN THE DEVELOPMENT AND PROTECTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS
  • DEBT RECOVERIES AND THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM
  • A REVIEW OF THE NATIONAL SHIPPING POLICY ACT
  • A CASE FOR A COHESIVE NATIONAL SHIPPING POLICY

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