Mr. Emeka Akabogu

Senior Partner
Akabogu & Associates

Mr. Emeka Akabogu is a practicing lawyer and a widely recognised expert in the field of maritime law and policy in Nigeria.

He is the Senior Partner at the law firm, Akabogu & Associates, which is active in shipping, maritime, petroleum and international trade representation. His book, ‘Maritime Cabotage in Nigeria’, was the first published work on the subject in Nigeria, in addition to numerous other publications.

He is the Chairman of OTL Downstream Development in Africa Ltd./Gte., a Pan-African initiative for promotion of downstream petroleum business and policy, and is the Founder of Africa’s biggest downstream petroleum forum, OTL Africa Downstream. A litigator and arbitrator, he uniquely combines his legal skills with an indepth understanding of markets and operations in the shipping and petroleum sectors.

Akabogu holds a Masters Degree with specialization in Maritime Laws from the University College London, and a Magister Juris. (M. Phil.) from the International Maritime Law Institute (IMLI), Malta. A British Chevening Scholar, he is the Editor of the Journal of Contemporary Nigerian Admiralty Law, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Shipping, and a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, Maritime Arbitrators Association of Nigeria, Nigerian Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Energy Institute. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Centre for Petroleum Information and serves on the Executive Council of the Nigerian Maritime Law Association as Honorary Secretary.