Dr Tajudeen Sanni has his doctoral qualification at Nelson Mandela University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, LLM at University of Ilorin, LLB at Ahmadu Bello University, and bar qualification at Nigeria Law School, Nigeria which qualified him as Barrister and Advocate of Supreme Court of Nigeria. He conducted his doctoral studies and research under the Chair in Law of the Sea and Development in Africa, Nelson Mandela University, South Africa. In the same university, he has been co-supervising a doctoral thesis on the legal aspects of ‘Decommissioning of Offshore Petroleum Installations’. Dr Sanni is currently a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Public Law under the supervision of Chair of Law of the Sea and Development in Africa working on aspects of Law of the Sea. His main area of focus in this capacity is the legal aspects of Marine Spatial Planning.

Dr Sanni specializes in Law of the Sea, Marine Law, International Economic Law, Environmental Law, (International) Energy Law and comparative law. He has taught and supervised thesis in these disciplines at undergraduate and post graduate levels as well as in other areas such as Jurisprudence and Equity and Trust.

Sequel to joining academia, Dr Sanni worked at Yunus Uztaz Usman (SAN), a leading law firm in West Africa and at Dr Ariyoosu and Co, after which he cofounded Ishola and Sanni Consort, a law firm whose main objective was to assist the underprivileged to have access to justice. Dr Sanni has taught and worked at Kampala International University, Kampala, Uganda. He was Head, Commercial Law Department and Senior Lecturer at Kampala International University where he also founded and headed Environmental and Energy Law Research Forum .

Dr Sanni has also taught in Islamic University in Uganda, served as legal advisor to the American NGO, Global Institute for Allied Health, Psychology and AIDS. As a law manuscript editor for Panam├íline Law Publishers, he has worked on a number of books such as ‘Casebook on Lawyers Ethics and Professional Conduct’ by Prof. George Kayeinhamba, a former Ugandan Supreme Court Justice and Judge of African Court of Human Rights. Dr Sanni has been involved in consultancy research of societal relevance, for example, he was commissioned in 2014 by the Ugandan Parliamentary Commission to conduct research on alignment of Ugandan Energy/ Mineral Laws and budgetary projections with policy documents such as Vision 2040. He has keen interest in social justice advocacy research as exemplified by the founding of Academics against Injustice in which he is currently the Chairperson.

Dr Sanni has many academic publications to his credit and belongs to a number of professional associations such as International Law Association, Society of International Economic Law and Society of Legal Scholars, UK.

Publications and researches

  • The Legal Framework for Sand Mining in Uganda in International Yearbook of Soil Law (2020); Legal Instruments for Sustainable Soil Management in Africa Springer, New York (Editors: Hadijah, Ruppel O et al; ISBN: 978-3-030-36003-0).
  • Model of Sustainable Development in the Oil and Gas Sector in Uganda: From Law to Strategic Action in Legal Encyclopedia (2020) pages 169-185; CB Eduvents LLP, Pradesh, India (Editor: Ayush Jaiswal; ISBN: 978-81-943164-4-2).
  • African Maritime Domain and International Rule of Law Book of Proceedings Rule of Law for the Oceans, University of Oslo, Norway, 2019.
  • Import and Export of Electricity in Uganda: An Overview of the Legal Framework Kampala International University Journal of Law Vol 2 No 4 2019.
  • Legal Framework Governing Piracy in Somalia (With Abdullahi Ali Umar) JD 2019.
  • Maritime Cyber Security: The Need for Legal Proactiveness (with Foluke Ajiboye) Kampala International University, Uganda. Vol. 1 No. 3 of 2018.
  • Women’s Right to Development under the Land Legal Regime in Uganda AMJD Journal Vol3 No 9 2019.
  • Impact of Armed Conflicts on the Protection and Conservation of Natural World Heritages in Democratic Republic of Congo: Case of Virunga National Park (with Assingya Victor) Journal of Comparative Law Vol 6 Issue 1.
  • The legal Status of Sustainable Development” in Contemporary Issues in international Business and Economics” Sage, Turkey, 2019 (Editor: Professor Kubilay).
  • Maritime Cultural Heritage in International Law Book of Papers, International Conference on Cultural Law, Faculty of Law, Central South University, China, December 2018.
  • The Legal Framework of Concession Agreement in Nigeria Seaports” Nelson Mandela University 2017.
  • International Tax Arbitration and Petroleum Dispute Resolution: “A Case Study of Uganda” Journal of Law, School of Law, Kampala International University, Uganda. Vol. 1 No. 2 of 2017.
  • Don’t treat them like Animals”: Animal Welfare in Uganda and Nigeria Journal of Law, School of Law, Kampala International University, Uganda. Vol. 1 No. 1 of 2016.
  • Right to Health and Medical Liability Journal of Humanity Vol. 1 No 1 2016 College of Economics, Kampala International University, Kampala, Uganda.
  • Refugees and the Right to Healthy Environment Africa Multi-disciplinary Journal Vol. 6 2016.
  • The Legal Framework for Transparency and Accountability in the Petroleum Industryin Book of Proceedings Makerere University Business School Annual International Conference, September 2014.
  • Party Autonomy in Nigerian Arbitration and Conciliation African Multidisciplinary Journal Vol. 2 Issue 2, 2014.
  • The Legal Framework for MDG in Uganda and Nigeria”, AMJ (1-1) 2013.  
  • The Meaning of “International” and “Commercial” in Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 2000 in Essays in Honour of a Former Justice of the Court of Appeal, Lawtree Publishers, Abuja, Nigeria, 2012.
  • The Millennium Development Goals Relating to Environmental Sustainability (MDG7): “An Examination of the Legal Regimes in Nigeria and Uganda”, International Conference Digest, Moi University Kenya, 2012.
  • Environmental Rights in the Mineral Sector of Karamoja Uganda (with Jalia B.) Kampala International University Post-Graduate School Online Digest, 2012.
  • Trans-boundary Water Disputes: A Comparative Legal Analysis of the Legal Regimes for Nile and Euphrates Waters” (with Keefa K) Kampala International University on-line Post- graduate Digest, 2012.
  • A Legal Analysis of Trans boundary Petroleum Resources Development: Case of Albertine Graben Region, Uganda, AMJ Vol. 2 Issue 2 (With Joel Sitto).
  • The Role of Host Community in Ugandan Emerging Petroleum-economy-Africa-law Library, 2014.
  • Port Governance and African Integrated Maritime Strategy, Book of Proceedings, African Integrated. Maritime Strategy Conference, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, November 2014.
  • Port Governance in Nigeria and Kenya, 2013 Book of Proceedings Mount Kenya University International Conference 2013.

Last updated: 2020.08.27. A.A

Contact information
Dr Tajudeen Sanni
Research Associate
Tajudeen.Sanni@mandela.ac.za