About Ayo Akenroye

“I help give people a second chance.”

Ayo Akenroye believes in second chances. This belief is what inspired him to dedicate his career to criminal defense law. Ayo is known for demonstrating respect and compassion toward his clients while zealously pursuing the best possible outcome in each case. He does not judge his clients or the accusations against them, but instead approaches cases objectively with the goal of helping his clients move forward.

Ayo has substantial experience in the full range of criminal charges, including assault, domestic assault, sexual assault, DUI, theft, fraud, weapons charges, drug crimes, regulatory offenses, and bribery and corruption. He represents clients at all stages of the criminal process, including police investigations, bail hearings, confiscation and enforcement hearings, inquests, administrative proceedings, extraditions, trials and appeals.

As an immigrant from Nigeria, Ayo knows what it means to overcome difficult challenges. His knowledge about the Canadian immigration system is also crucial when representing foreign nationals who have been accused of a crime. He considers how various defense strategies will affect his clients’ immigration status and takes steps to avoid putting his client’s ultimate immigration goals in jeopardy.

Advocate for Human Rights

Ayo’s mission to help defendants in the Canadian courts is borne out of his extensive background in international criminal law. He represents clients in trials involving genocide, crimes against humanity and other war crimes before the international criminal court and national courts. Ayo also has the honor of being an elected member of the Training Committee of the International Criminal Court Bar Association, The Hague, Netherlands.

Lecturer on Criminal Defense and Human Rights Topics

Ayo is regularly asked to speak on complex criminal law and human rights issues at conferences in Canada and globally. He taught a human rights course at the University of Winnipeg as an adjunct professor. He previously taught courses at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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  • Ontario
  • Manitoba
  • Nigeria


  • Ph.D.(c), International Criminal Law, McGill University, Canada
  • Master of Laws (LL.M.), University of Manitoba, Canada, 2011
  • Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria, 2007

Selected Awards

  • Graduate Excellence Scholarship (for PhD), McGill University, 2011-2015
  • Dubienski Scholarship, University of Manitoba, Canada, 2011
  • Judge Samuel Freedman Fellowship, University of Manitoba, Canada, 2009
  • Sir Adalsteinn Fridrikson Kristjansson Fellowship, University of Manitoba, Canada, 2009
  • International Graduate Student Scholarship, University of Manitoba, Canada, 2009
  • Best Student Prize, Criminal Procedure, selected from 5,270 candidates of the Nigerian Law School, 2008

Selected Conferences and Lectures

  • “Global Refugee Crisis,” American Bar Association Fall Meeting, Miami, Florida, USA, invited speaker, October 2017
  • “Constructing Gender and Sexuality in the International Criminal Justice Project,” International Law in the Global South Research Seminar Series, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, invited speaker, March 2017
  • “Doing Business in Africa: Spotting the Opportunities,” Borden Ladner Gervais LLP Brown Bag Meeting, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, invited speaker, November 2015
  • “No Woman, No Peace – United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325,” American Bar Association Fall Meeting, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, invited speaker, October 2015
  • “Understanding Estate Planning for Black Women in Manitoba,” The Congress of Black Women of Manitoba Inc., Winnipeg, Manitoba, invited guest speaker, April 2014
  • “The Laws Governing Entrepreneurship in Canada,” The Nigerian Professionals in Manitoba Monthly Meeting, Winnipeg, Manitoba, invited speaker, March 2014
  • “Being a Black Person in Canada,” Afro Caribbean Association of Manitoba Harambee Event, Winnipeg, Manitoba, invited special guest speaker, March 2014
  • “Understanding the Dynamics of HIV/AIDS in Peacekeeping Missions in Africa: Prospects and Challenges,” International Conference on Peacekeeping in Africa, Centre for Security Studies, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland, speaker, November 2012
  • “The Effectiveness on African Regional Organizations in Tackling Coups and Unconstitutional Changes of Government in the Region,” BBC World Service Focus on Africa, invited expert speaker, speaker, July 2012
  • “HIV/AIDS, Militaries and the Future of Peacekeeping in Africa,” 2010 Osgoode Hall Graduate Law Students’ Conference, York University, Toronto, Canada, speaker, May 2010
  • “AIDS and Armed Conflicts Dilemma: From Rhetoric to Reality,” 15th Annual Interdisciplinary Legal Studies Graduate Students’ Conference, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, speaker, May 2010
  • “Rethinking Human Security in Africa,” Faculty of Law Seminar, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, speaker, January 2010

Professional Memberships