Emeka Akabogu is 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, international trade, energy, logistics, aviation and intellectual property. The firm regularly engages with the major regulatory bodies in Nigeria on behalf of clients and on direct consultation, and has considerable experience in the various admiralty courts along the country’s coastal areas. Mr Akabogu brings a robust, incisive and problem-solving perspective to client challenges, setting the tone for the firm’s service delivery.
He has served and continues to serve on a range of national committees and initiatives on maritime development including the Ministerial Cabotage Review Committee. His book, ‘Maritime Cabotage in Nigeria’, was the first published work on the subject in Nigeria, and is in addition to numerous other published works. He was instrumental in the preparation of Nigeria’s Coastal and Inland Shipping (Cabotage) Act, which was eventually enacted in 2003. In 2012 he drafted the regulations which constitute the current legal framework for marine environmental management in Nigeria. He is the editor of the Nigerian Journal of Contemporary Admiralty Law. He is the Chairman of OTL Downstream Development in Africa Ltd./Gte., a Pan-African initiative for promotion and advocacy on downstream petroleum business and policy. He also publishes the niche-market industry journal, Marine & Petroleum Nigeria.
Mr. Akabogu holds a Masters degree specialising in Maritime Laws from the University College London and a Magister Juris (M. Phil.) in International Maritime Law from the IMO International Maritime Law Institute, Malta. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Shipping, and a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, Maritime Arbitrators Association of Nigeria, and the Energy Institute. He is on the Board of Governors of Nigeria’s Centre for Petroleum Information and serves on the Executive Council of the Nigerian Maritime Law Association as Honorary Secretary.