Elisabeta Smaranda Olarinde is a Professor, Fellow of Centre and Peace of Conflict Studies and currently the Vice Chancellor and Provost, College of Law, Afe Babalola University Ado Ekiti (ABUAD), Nigeria. She has put to bear three decades of cumulative experience as a law teacher, academic, researcher and legal practitioner. Her legal background, in both civil law (Romania) and common law (Nigeria) systems, adds to her diverse multidisciplinary profile. Her focus has been on women, children and young adolescents’ rights and protection. She was a researcher for: IDRC on Land Tenure and Access to land for women (1989) the joint Research Initiated by the Word Bank on Law Development and the Status of Women (1990) and Towards a Gender Strategy in Nigeria (1992); UNICEF – Legal researcher for Niger State and Oyo State (1995); The Nederland, Israel and Nigeria joint research on the Girl Child’s Sexuality (2002); etc. She was one of the “think thank” for the legal protection of children in Oyo State and Coordinator of International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Drafting Committee on the Child’s Rights Law, Oyo State.
She is actively involved in training law students at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, as well as law clinicians for participation in community services involving pro bono legal advice.
She is a versatile administrator having occupied leadership positions of Provost, College of Law; Acting Head of Department of Public and International Law (three tenures) University of Ibadan; Sub Dean Undergraduate and pioneering Sub Dean Postgraduate, Faculty of Law, University of Ibadan.