Professor Bolaji Owasanoye is renowned for his expertise in International Economic Law;Human Development and Social Justice Activism.
He has been a Professor of Law for about 15 years with the apex legal academic institution in Nigeria: The Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS) where he served as two-time Director of Research, and the rst to be conferred with the Taslim Elias Distinguished Professor of Law.
He has proficiency in teaching Legal Aspects of External Debt Management, Corporate Law, Legislative Drafting, Human Rights and Strategic Governance amongst others. He has provided academic service to several tertiary institutions including the Lagos State University 1986 1990;Nigerian Institutte of Advanced Legal Studies (1991 2015; Professorial Research Associate, University of London School of Oriental and African Studies 2011 to 2013; University of Pretoria (Visiting Professor, 2015. As a consultant with over 30 years of experience in law development, Prof Owasanoye has consulted for federal and state agencies in Nigeria and international agencies such as UNITAR, UNICEF, USAID, DFiD, World Bank, World Bank Institute, ILO, Ford Foundation and ECOWAS.
PROFESSOR BOLAJI OWASANOYE Member / Executive Secretary, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption He was part of the reconstituted 9-member Law Revision Committee that produced the 2004 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, a compilation of the 724 federal laws of the country.
He was African Representative on Data Task Force of Child Helpline International 2004-206; African Regional Representatives on Criminal Law Committee of the International Bar Association 2011-2013; Chairman, ECOWAS Drafting Committee on Community Investment Code 2011 – 2014; Member African Union Group of Experts on Pan African Investment Code 2013-2015; Member IBA Presidential Task Force on Human Trafficking 2015; He co-founded one of Nigeria’s leading social justice NGOs: the Human Development Initiative (HDI).
Set up in 1997, HDI has successfully implemented over 50 advocacy projects on human rights, rule of law, governance and anti-corruption, one of which is the celebrated ‘Stop Impunity Nigeria Campaign’ focused on eliminating impunity in public management and promoting civic responsibility. He has won several awards, few of which are: the University of Lagos Scholarship Award (1986 – 1987); UN Institute for Training and Research Fellowship Award (1991 and 1994 respectively); U.S. Information Service International Visitors Award (1991); British Council Fellowship Award (1992); International Youth Foundation (IYF-US) Fellowship on Youth and Community Development (1999-2000) and Senior Special Fellowship, United Nations Institute for Training and Research, (2001).
He holds Qualifying Certificates in Legal Aspects of Public Debt and Financial Management; Legislative Drafting and Managing Development; Certificate in Negotiating International Trade Agreements and a Certificate in Managing Development Projects.
He has published over 100 academic and research projects in national and international journals and has authored/edited over 10 books.
He mentors young lawyers and academics in Nigeria and serves as member of the Clergy at Chapel of Christ Our Light University of Lagos and the State House Chapel at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. He is happily married with children.