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South African Research Chair in the Law of the Sea and Development in Africa

Tajudeen Sanni was awarded his LLB (Common Law) at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria,  Kaduna State, Nigeria in 2006, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Law School, Abuja, from where he graduated and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2007. A former sub-editor, before his university education, of a local magazine, The Path, Tajudeen had an extensive practice of different aspects of legal practice such as corporate, environmental and human rights law across Nigeria while running his post-graduation National Youth Service in the chambers of Yunus Ustaz Usman-SAN in Kaduna State, Nigeria until 2008. At that time, he was also a part-time tutor at the Nigerian study center of Houdegbe North American University, Benin Republic, teaching Environmental Health Law. His experience at Yunus Ustaz and a stint at another law firm, Dr Ariyoosu & Co, led to the co-founding of his own law firm: Ishola and Sanni, in Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria, currently being run by his partners. In 2010, Tajudeen was awarded the LLM degree (Common Law) at the University of Ilorin, as the overall best student, specializing in aspects of International Economic Law relating to International Petroleum Transactions. The topic of his LLM thesis was:  Organisation of Petroleum Producing Countries and the Law and Dynamics of Oil Price Fluctuation: The Case of Nigeria. Currently, Tajudeen is a lecturer at the School of Law, Kampala International University, Kampala, Uganda. He teaches International Economic Law, Public International Law, International and Comparative Petroleum Law, the Law of the Sea and the Law of Sale of Goods. His first exposure to the Law of the Sea dates back to his undergraduate days as a student of International Law,  later broadened by aspects of the Law of the Sea in such course units as International Economic (and Trade) Law and International Environmental Law during his LLM studies. Tajudeen has attended both local and international conferences and has a number of publications to his credit. The title of his doctoral thesis is: The Legal Framework of Ports in Nigeria, an urgently needed and relevant research considering the legal uncertainties that recently plagued the operation of Nigerian ports despite the significance of the ports as the backbone of the Nigerian economy and their being an important link in intra-africa trade and investment.

Dr Sanni graduated on the 14th of December 2017.

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