Dr Oludara Akanmidu

Job: Senior Lecturer in Law (VC 2020)

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Leicester De Montfort Law School

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 207 8984

E: oludara.akanmidu@dmu.ac.uk

W: https://www.dmu.ac.uk/bal


Personal profile

Oludara joined De Montfort University in May 2017. Prior to that she completed her Phd at Durham University Law School with her doctoral thesis titled ‘Understanding and Evaluating the Enforcement of Corporate Law in Nigeria: The Case for Enhanced Public Civil Enforcement’. She completed her LLM in International Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation graduating with a Distinction from the University of Warwick. She was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2010 and is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. She is also a qualified Chartered Secretary with the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria. Prior to her LLM study, Oludara worked briefly as a State Counsel at the Ministry of Justice, Ogun State where she specialized in Criminal Litigation.

Oludara previously worked as a tutor at Durham University Law School between 2016 and 2017. During her time at Durham University Law School she also acted as a Co-convener of Durham Institute for Commercial and Corporate Law. 

Oludara’s research interests lie in the broad area of corporate law and corporate governance. She is however particularly interested in directors’ accountability and enforcement of corporate law. 

Research group affiliations

Institute for Law, Justice and Society

Publications and outputs

Akanmidu, Oludara (2020) ‘The Case for Public Enforcement of Directors’ Duties: An Australian Case Study and Application to Nigeria’ Business Law Review 41(1) 10-21. 

 Akanmidu, Oludara & Omiunu, Ohio (2020) ‘Lessons from Nigeria and Process & Industrial Developments Limited (P&ID) (October 13, 2020) https://www.afronomicslaw.org/2020/10/12/lessons-from-nigeria-and-process-industrial-developments-limited-pid/

 Akanmidu, Oludara (2019), ‘The Inefficacy of Private Enforcement of Directors’ Duties’ Commonwealth Law Bulletin 44(4) 668-698.

Akanmidu, Oludara & Sawyerr, Damilola (2019), ‘The FOI Act: The Role of the Media in Promoting Transparency in Nigeria: Lessons from the UK’ in Adekunle A, Freedom of Information and Democratic Governance in Nigeria (Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies Press). 

Akanmidu, Oludara (2019), 'Explainer: how Nigeria got hit with a $9.6 billion judgement debt in London' (September 10, 2019) http://theconversation.com/explainer-how-nigeria-got-hit-with-a-9-6-billion-judgment-debt-in-london-122740.

Akanmidu, Oludara (2018), Criminal Enforcement of Directors' Occupational Crimes in Nigeria: Issues and Challenges Journal of Criminal Law 82(6) 457- 469. https://doi.org/10.1177/0022018318790137 .

Akanmidu, Oludara (2018),  'Collapsed bank CEO cases point to weaknesses in Nigeria's justice system' (July 5, 2018) https://theconversation.com/collapsed-bank-ceo-cases-point-to-weaknesses-in-nigerias-justice-system-99236.

Akanmidu, Oludara (2017), The Deterrence Theory: A Case for Enhanced Enforcement of Directors' Duties Corporate Governance and Organizational Behavior Review 1(1) 25-31.

Awolalu, Oludara (2017), Derivative Actions in Nigeria: A Case for ReformInternational Company and Commercial Law Review 28(1): 13-21.

Awolalu, Oludara (2015). Book Review. Great Debates in Company Law, by Lorraine Talbot. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, xv + 191pp (£22.99 paperback). ISBN: 978023030445Legal Studies 35(2): 374-380.





Research interests/expertise

Corporate Law

Corporate Governance

Enforcement of Directors’ Duties.

Areas of teaching

  • Contract Law
  • Business Entities
  • Company Law


LLB (Obafemi Awolowo University), BL (Nigerian Law School), GradICSAN (Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria), LLM (University of Warwick); PhD (Durham University).

Membership of professional associations and societies

Society of Legal Scholars (SLS)

Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA)

Nigerian Bar Association

Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria

Professional licences and certificates

Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (with Distinction)

Fellow, Higher Education Academy


Professional esteem indicators

Media Interview on BBC World Service.

Media Interview on TVC News International.

Reviewer for Commonwealth Law Bulletin.

Reviewer for Denning Law Journal.

Contributor to the Conversation. 

Conference Papers

  • Akanmidu, O (2019), 'Should Parent Companies be held Responsible for their Subsidiaries' Wrongs? The Case of Shell in Nigeria, paper delivered at Commercial Law Research Network - Nigeria Conference, Reading (September 2019).
  • Akanmidu, O (2019), 'Attaining Effective Enforcement of Directors' Duties: The Deterrent Superiority of Public Enforcement', paper delivered at SLSA Conference 2019 (April 2019)
  • Akanmidu, O (2018), 'Challenges of Criminal Enforcement of Directors' Occupational Crime in Nigeria', paper delivered at Annual Leicester - Modena Conference, Leicester De Montfort Law School (May 2018)
  • Akanmidu, O & Riley, C (2017), 'Developing Parental Tortious Liability in an International Context: The Case of Shell in Nigeria', paper delivered at the company and insolvency symposium on ‘The Insolvent Entity Problem’, Queen Mary University of London (November 2017).
  • Akanmidu, O & Riley, C (2017), 'Suing Parent Companies for Injuries caused by their Subsidiaries: The Nigerian litigation against Shell', paper delivered at the Institute for Commercial and Corporate Law 2017 Annual Conference, Durham University Law School (June 2017).   
  • Awolalu, O (2014), 'The Role of Shareholder Activism in Resolving the Agency Problem', Paper delivered at the  Institute for Commercial and Corporate Law 2014 Annual Postgraduate Conference, Durham University Law School (June 2014).
  • Awolalu, O (2014), The Role of Statutory Derivative Claims in Enforcing Corporate Governance, Exploring Legal Boundaries in Modern Society, North East PGR Law Forum Conference, Newcastle. 


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