Dr. Dennis Agelebe was a research fellow at the Environmental Law Centre of the University of Cologne and currently a member of the Legal Advisory Board of the Center in Germany. He is also an Associate Member of the prestigious think-tank research center, the Global South Studies Center of the University of Cologne. He holds a Bachelor of Laws degree (LL. B.) from the University of Calabar, Nigeria, and an LL.M. (Distinction)in International Human Rights Law and Environmental Protection from Charles University, Prague, the Czech Republic. He also earned a Ph.D. in Environment and Trade Law from the University of Cologne. Besides the Czech Republic and Germany, he has research experience in New Zealand as a University of Canterbury Scholar and India as a DAAD visiting scholar.
Before going into academia, after his call to the Nigerian Bar as barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, he practiced as a lawyer at different times in Abuja, Nigeria, in the law firms of Bank Akomolafe & Co, Kenneth Gbagi & Co, and Abdulai Taiwo & Co. He later joined three other partners to establish the DAOS Law Practice Firm, Lagos. In Berlin, Germany, from March to November 2020, he led the UNDP/GEF-funded project for de-risking renewable energy investment in interconnected mini-grids in Nigeria while working as Senior Fellow with SD Strategies in Berlin. The UNDP has published the report of the project. Being an expert in African Laws, he is the convener of the first African Environmental Law Conference in the Environmental Law Center at the University of Cologne and served as a Judge in the Stetson University International Environmental Moot Court Competition. Dennis Agelebe has presented academic papers at international conferences and has several published articles in international journals. Also, he reviews academic papers for the International Journal for Health, Education, and Environment. His research interests include sustainable development, renewable energy investment, environmentally friendly trade practices, and Foreign Direct Investment with environmental ethics in developing countries.