The Nordic Africa Institute

Babatunde Fagbayibo

African scholar


Babatunde Fagbayibo is a Professor of International Law at the University of Pretoria. He obtained his masters degree (LLM) in law from the University of Pretoria in 2007. His doctoral degree (LLD) in public law, with specialization in regional integration law, was obtained from the same university in 2010.

His research primarily focuses on the institutional development of the African Union, in particular the process of endowing AU institutions with supranational powers. Other research interests include African politics, transnational policy analysis, critical approaches to international law, and governance and democratisation in Africa. He has written widely on these issues (Full list of his publications External link.). His latest book is Transcending Member States: Political and Legal Dynamics of Building Continental Supranationalism in Africa (Springer, 2022). He also provides commentary in print and broadcast media on African affairs.

He is a South African National Research Foundation (NRF) C2 rated researcher (considerable recognition as an established researcher) (2021-2026). In 2014, he was recognized by the Young People in International Affairs (YPIA) as one of the top 35 Africans under the age of 35, for his research on supranational integration in Africa. He was a visiting professor of law at the University of Lisbon, Portugal in 2015. Similarly, he has been invited to give lectures in institutions within and outside the African continent.

He is the Editor in Chief of the Southern African Public Law Journal (SAPL). In addition, he is on the editorial and advisory boards of the African Journal of Democracy and Governance (RADG), the Pretoria University Law Press (PULP), and the Nigerian Yearbook of International Law (NYIL).


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