Dr Dara Akanmidu is an Assistant Professor in the School of Law. Prior to joining the School of Law, she was a Senior Lecturer in Law at De Montfort University. In 2017 she completed her PhD from Durham University. During her time at Durham University, she also acted as a Co-convener of Durham Institute for Commercial and Corporate Law. In 2012, she completed her LLM in International Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation (with Distinction) from the University of Warwick.
Dara is a trained advocate with dual qualifications: 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, Dara worked briefly as a State Counsel at the Ministry of Justice, Ogun State where she specialized in Criminal Litigation.
Dara's research interests lie in the broad area of corporate law and corporate governance. She is however particularly interested in corporate accountability and enforcement of directors' duties within the context of sub-Saharan Africa. Her monograph on enforcement of directors' duties in sub-Saharan Africa is due to be published in December 2023.
Dara is also keenly interested in pedagogical research and particularly passionate about exploring the use of active learning strategies to improve student engagement.
As an expert in corporate law, Dara has appeared in media interviews on BBC and TVC International. Her short pieces published in 'The Conversation' have gained significant traction and reach and have been republished by various media outlets.
Dara teaches 'Issues in Company Law' on the undergraduate program.
Akanmidu O, Enforcing Directors' Duties: Making Company Law Work in Sub-Saharan Africa (In View, Routledge 2023)
AKANMIDU, O and AKINTOYE, S, 2022. Towards Corporate Sustainability in Nigerian Multinational Oil Companies: Opportunities & Disruptions. In: EKHATOR E, MILLER S and IGBINOSA E, eds., Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals in Nigeria: Barriers, Prospects & Strategies Routledge.
AKANMIDU O and OMIUNU, O, 2021. Lessons from Nigeria and Process & Industrial Developments Limited (P&ID) International Law & Politics. 53, 110