Executive committee members

Rabiat Akande

Assistant Professor
Rabiat Akande photo

Professor Akande joined Osgoode from Harvard Law School. She received the Law and Society in the Muslim World Prize for her dissertation, “Navigating Entaglements: Contestations over Religion-State Relations in British Northers Nigeria, c.1890-1978”. Her book “Entagled Domains: Empire, Law and Religion in Northern Nigeria”, Cambridge University Press, 2023, traces the emergence of “secularism” as a constitutional idea of ordering religion-state relations in early to mid-twentieth century British Colonial Northern Nigeria, and grapples with the postcolonial legacy of that inheritance.

Professor Akande’s work has been supported by fellowships and grants including from the Gerda Henkel Foundation, the US National Science Foundations, the Cravath International Research fellowship, the Weatherhead Center for International fellowship, the Program on Law and Society in the Muslim World research grant, among others. Along with being the co-chair of the American Society of International Law’s Africa Interest Group, she is also active in the American Society for Legal History, the Law and Society Association and the African Studies Association.

Research interests: (post)colonial African law and society, constitutional and comparative constitutional law, International law and the global south, Islamic law, law and religion, legal history