Dr. Olisa Agbakoba

Senior Partner

Practice Areas:

International Trade & Investment

Dispute Resolution – Litigation

Maritime, Aviation & Space

Debt Recovery & Insolvency

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) & Arbitration

Public Sector

Brief Profile

Dr. Agbakoba is the Senior Partner and Head of the Arbitration & ADR practice group in Olisa Agbakoba Legal (OAL). He is an alumnus of the University of Nigeria Nsukka and the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (the equivalent of Queen’s Counsel).

Dr. Agbakoba is one of Nigeria’s leading experts in arbitration and has presided over several complex cases. He is the brain behind the first law firm-annexed arbitration/mediation center in Lagos (Nigeria), the OAL Arbitration and Mediation Centre. He has showcased his brilliance as counsel and as arbitrator in major national and cross-border disputes relating to aviation (airport terminal concessions); vessel charters; maritime collisions; oil wells and rigs; telecoms; and housing development and construction.

He has championed many legal reforms in arbitration in Nigeria, including a national policy on arbitration and other strategic legislations. He designed the ADR mechanism and rules for asset management and recovery of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria.

Dr. Agbakoba is a former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (2006-2008). In 1987 he founded the Civil Liberties Organization and served as president until 1995. He is a fellow and vice president of the Nigeria Institute of Chartered Arbitrators; legal adviser to the Institute of Chartered Mediators; Conciliators; life member of the Body of Benchers; and member of the African Arbitration Association and of its advocacy committee, which works to increase the visibility of African arbitrators. He is also a member of the London Maritime Arbitrators

  • Dispute Resolution & ADR
  • Maritime Law
  • Public Interest Law
  • International Trade & Investment
  • Public Sector Policy
  • Debt Recovery, and Insolvency
  • Human Rights.

Professional Memberships:

  • National Committee On The Review Of Laws Relating Financial Services Industry
  • Business Recovery & Insolvency Practitioners Association Of Nigeria
  • Nigeria Bar Association
  • International Bar Association
  • African Arbitrators Network
  • Nigerian Society Of International Law
  • Council Of Continuing Legal Education
  • Presidential Committee On Electoral Reform
  • Governing Council Of The Nigerian Institute Of Advanced Legal Studies
  • Presidential Commission On Maritime Sector Reform
  • International Airline Passengers Association
  • Governing Council; Nigerian-Netherlands Chamber Of Commerce
  • Nigerian Maritime Lawyers Association
  • Nigerian Maritime Law Society,
  • Body Of Benchers, Board Of Trustees,
  • International Center For The Protection Of Cultural Diversity And Human Rights In Africa
  • Human Rights Institute
  • Institute Of Shipping & Freight Management
  • Association Of British Council Fellows
  • Negotiation & Conflict Management Group



Professional Affiliations:

  • Senior Advocate Of Nigeria (San)
  • Doctor Of Laws (Lld), University Of Nigeria, Nsukka
  • Doctor Of Philosophy Degree In Leadership, Social, And Community Development
  • Fellow Chartered Institute Of Arbitrators (Fciarb)
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute Of Mediators
  • Fellow, Institute Of Credit Administration
  • Life Member, Body Of Bencher
  • Member, National Judicial Commission (Njc)
  • Institute Of Humanitarian And Human Rights Law, Nigeria
  • International Press Centre
  • Nigerian Economic Summit Group
  • Negotiation & Conflict Management Group.

  • Senior Partner - Olisa Agbakoba Legal

  • LLM. University of London (L.S.E),
  • BL. – Bachelor Of Law
  • LLB (Hons), – (University of Nigeria, Nsukka)

  • The Legal Basis Of The Organization Of African Unity Force In The Chad: - Journal Of International Law Nigerian Institute Of International Affairs - 1981

  • Journal Of Human Rights Law And Practice: Nigeria's State Security (Detention Of Persons) Decree No. 2 Of 1984; Exposing The Myth Of Judicial Impotence, With Tunde Fagbohunlu - (1991) Volume 1, No. 1 - May 1991

  • Incursions Into The Legal Profession; The Way Out - Speech Given At The Conference On The Reform Of Civil Adjudication, Lagos, December 1995

  • 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

  • The Order 10 Procedure And Other Related Techniques For Summary Disposal Of Cases.

  • Some Methods Of Human Rights Monitoring Published In Commonwealth Africa, Harare 1991

  • 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

  • The Role Of Lawyers In The Observance Of Human Rights

  • Political And Legal Constraints Of Human Rights Non-governmental Organizations.

  • Problems Of Credit And Security Administration In Nigeria, With Tunde Fagbohunlu

  • Bankruptcy And Winding-up Proceedings: Potential Mechanisms For Speedier Debt Recoveries, With Tunde Fagbohunlu

  • Debt Recoveries And The Judicial System · Repossessory Rights In The Equipment Lease - New Vistas For The Aggrieved Lessor, With Stephen Onyejose


  • Legal Opinion On Consumer Protection, With Ifeanyi Eme

  • A Proposal For The Establishment Of Commercial Courts In Nigeria, With Tunde Fagbohunlu

  • The Problems Of Broadcast, Consent & Transmission Under The New Regime Of Private Broadcasting

  • Some Problematic Aspects Of Nigerian Shipping Laws And Practice: Need For A Developmental Approach

Dr Olisa has facilitated or spoken at so many seminar events on diverse topics like:

  • OAU - To Be Or Not To Be

  • An Assessment Of Nigeria's Intelligence System

  • The Courts On Trial

  • Enhancing And Enforcing Performing Rights As Copyright

  • A Call For The Establishment Of The Nigerian Maritime Institute Of Studies

  • Contributor, Status Of Human Right Ngo’s In Africa

  • A New Maritime Policy For Nigeria

  • Rule Of Law - Journal Of The Commonwealth Lawyers Association, Volume 8 No 2 - February 1997

  • Advancing Human Rights In The Fourth Repbublic: Prospects And Challenges

  • Draft Consultation Paper For The Making Of A Cabotage Law, Presented By Olisa Agbakoba & Associates

  • The Making Of Cabotage Laws For The Nigerian Maritime Sector

  • Revamping The Legal And Regulatory Framework For The Regulation And Privatization In Nigeria – Implication For Nigerian Transport Sector.

  • Legal And Regulatory Framework For Concessioning In Port

  • The Nigerian Legal Framework Versus The Internationally Recognized Limitations

  • Model Civil Procedure Rules For Nigeria - Olisa Agbakoba & Emeka Asuzu

  • Model Constitution For Nigeria - Olisa Agbakoba & Willy Mamah

  • Revised Model Constitution - Olisa Agbakoba & Emeka Asuzu

  • Model Electoral Law For Nigeria - Olisa & Willy Mamah

  • Revised Model Electoral Law - Olisa Agbakoba & Emeka Asuzu

  • Governance Score Card 2001 - Olisa Agbakoba & Emeka Asuzu

  • Advancing Human Rights In The Fourth Republic (Prospects & Challenges) - Olisa Agbakoba

  • Legislative Agenda For Good Governance In Nigeria – Olisa Agbakoba

  • Test Of Progressive Realization Of Economic, Social And Cultural Rights In Nigeria: Budget Analysis - Olisa Agbakoba & Uche Emelonye

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