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Babafemi Akinrinade

Babafemi Akinrinade

Assistant Professor of Human Rights
(360) 650-2893

Office: FA 327


Babafemi Akinrinade joins Fairhaven as Assistant Professor of Human Rights from the University of Chicago's Human Rights Program and Center for International Studies where he was a post-doctoral instructor for two years.

Babafemi Akinrinade holds the LL.M. and J.S.D. degrees in International Human Rights Law of the University of Notre Dame Law School, as well as the LL.B. and LL.M. degrees of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He was a fellow at the Center for Civil and Human Rights, Notre Dame Law School (2005-2006) and from 2003-2004, he was the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow (and co-Instructor) for the Sawyer Seminar on Comparative Truth and Reconciliation Process at the Center for International Human Rights, Northwestern University Law School, Chicago. He was admitted to the Nigerian Bar in 1988, and between 1992 and 2002, he was a Lecturer in Law at the Faculty of Law, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria (1992-2002). His research interests include state collapse and human rights, transitional justice, international humanitarian law, and the political, security and socio-economic relations of African States.

Interest Areas

International Law, International Human Rights & Humanitarian Law, Transitional Justice, Africa.


Research & Publications

Human Rights & State Collapse in Africa book cover

Human Rights & State Collapse in Africa

Akinrinade, Babafemi. Utrecht, The Netherlands : Eleven International Pub. ; Portland, OR : International Specialized Book Services, c2009.


This book examines the various factors responsible for the phenomenon of State collapse in Africa. The author demonstrates that the role of human rights violations is critical to understanding the phenomenon. Sierra Leone and Somalia are used as case studies to examine the impact of human rights violations in the processes leading to collapse and in the absence of effective State authorities. The analysis shows that the difference in success of international action is due to the huge attention paid to accountability for human rights violations in Sierra Leone, which has been absent in Somalia. Read more > 


"Human rights NGOs in Nigeria: Emergence, government reactions and the future" in African Human Rights Law Journal. Volume 2 No 1, 2002.






Babafemi Akinrinade teaching a class of Fairhaven students

Learn more about Babafemi in our Winter 2010 Alumni newsletter, The Connection.

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