AGBAKOBA, Olisa Charles Nicholas (SAN)

Born May 29, 1953

Jos, Plateau State




Charles Nicholas



Olisa Agbakoba is a Nigerian human rights activist, maritime lawyer and former President of Nigerian Bar Association.
Gender: Male
Marital Status
  • Married
Name of Spouse Lilian Halim,
State of Origin: Anambra State
Father's Name Chief Justice Godfrey Ubaka
Father's Status Deceased
Mother's Name Mrs Phina Agbakoba
Mother's Status Deceased
Number of Female Children 3
Profession Legal practitioner , Social Activist , Administrator
Working Experience research fellow, Nigerian Institute of International Affairs' (NIIA) , Olisa Agbakoba and Associates, , President, AfroNet, , Principal partner, Human Rights Law Services (HURILAWS) , founder/first president Nigerian Shipping Chamber of Commerce (NCS) , Former president, NBA , founder, Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO). , founder, United Action for Democracy

Senior Partner, Olisa Agbakoba Legal

Previous Appointments:

presd. Civil Liberties Organisation; Board of Trustees, International Centre for the Protection of Cultural Diversity and Human Rights in Africa, Nigerian Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace, Catholic Secretariat, Lagos, Nigerian Bar Association, Lagos Chapter, Committee on Human Rights, Nigerian Environmental Law Society, Executive Board, Enabling Environment Forum of Nigeria, Governing Council Nigerian-Netherlands Chamber of Commerce; dir. Social and Economic Rights Action Centre, USA, Child Welfare League, Nigeria; Advisory Board, The African Institute of Human and Peoples’ Right; co-director, British Council Conference on Managing Human Rights, Abuja, Nigeria, 1994; presd. Nigerian Chamber of Shipping,presd., NIgerian Bar Association, Maritime and Development Lawyer


Commonwealth Lawyers Association, Board of Director, International Human Rights Internship Programme, USA, World Trade Centre, Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce, Nigerian- Netherlands Chamber of Commerce, Nigerian-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce, Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce, Nigerian-Asian Chamber of Commerce, Franco-Nigerian Chamber of Commerce, Nigerian-British Association, Nigerian-South African Chamber of Commerce; Nigerian-Danish Chamber of Commerce, mm: Nigerian Bar Association; Nigeria Maritime Association; International Bar Association; Human Rights Institute f: Asociation of British Council; Institute of Shipping and Freight Management; Institute of Administrative Management; ah: Dean’s List in Jurisprudence, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, 1977

SCHOOLS ATTENDED: Government Primary School, Jos 1959 -1960, Hillcrest School, Jos; 1961, Government Primary School Jos, 1962 1963; Zixton Public School Ozubulu in 1964,.Christ the King College, Onitsha 1966 -1967. College of Immaculate Conception,Enugu 1970 -1972, Government College in Ughelli 1973.University of Nigeria, LLB. Hons. (1977), Nigerian Law School, B.L. (1978); London School of Economics and Political Science, LLM (1980).


Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON), 2001.
the receipt of the 15 Great Legal Practitioners of Distinction in Nigeria (1993
Vanguard’s 40 Outstanding Young Nigerians Award (1993)


Roger Baldwin Medal for Civil Liberties, 1990; Human Rights Prize, German Association of Judges, 1993; Aachen Peace Prize, 1996; International Man of the Year, 1992; f: International Biographical Association, 1992; The International Human Rights Award of the American Bar Association, American Bar Association Rule of Law Award, 1996; Man of the Year, American Biographical Institute, Inc., 1998; Legal Practitioner of the Year, 11th Annual ThisDay Awards, 2006.


The Legal Basis of the Organization of African Unity Force in the Chad, Nigeria Institute of International Affairs, 1981; Nigeria’s State Security (Detention of Persons) Decree No. 2 of 1984: co-author, Exposing The Myth of Judicial Impotence, Journal of Human Rights Law and Practice, Vol. 1, No. 1 May 1991; Some methods of Human Rights Monitoring, Commonwealth Africa, Harare, 1991; Some operational strategies of a Human Rights Non-Governmental Organisation at the National level; Role of Non-Governmental Organisations in the Development and Protection of Human Rights; The Role of Lawyers in the Observance of Human Rights; The Problems of Broadcast, Consent and Transmission under The New Regime of Private Broadcasting


traveling, movies, sports, heated arguments


Ikoyi Club; 77ie Club (Sheraton); Apapa Club; Polo Club

39B, Rumens Road, Ikoyi, Lagos,

01- 5876876, 5876706, 2694728.
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