Bolanle's interest in corporate and commercial law stemmed from the cases she worked on during her brief as a lawyer.
She came to the UK for a Master’s degree in 2007, during which she was formally introduced to corporate insolvency law in England and Wales as a specialist journal. She focused her dissertation on a comparative analysis of her most notable case during her period of legal practice. The dissertation became the basis for further study as she sought to propose recommendations for the reform of the corporate insolvency and restructuring law in Nigeria.
Her core research focus has thus been on international insolvency and restructuring law, ever since.
Beyond her teaching, Bolanle engages actively in capacity building in both advanced and emerging economies. In 2021, she contributed to judicial training in both Nigeria and the US.
In Nigeria, she was invited by the Attorney General Alliance Africa Partnership (AGA) and the Nigeria Judicial Institute (NJI), to participate in the training of justices of the Federal High Court and Court of Appeal of Nigeria. In the US, she was invited by the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges of the United States. Both workshops focused on knowledge exchange between bankruptcy practitioners and judges.
Many of Bolanle’s students are from emerging economies across the globe. During her classes, she discusses broad principles of law, as well as their policy underpinnings within both advanced and emerging contexts. This ensures that her students can apply their new knowledge to the realities of their preferred jurisdictions. She encourages students to undertake comparative studies that highlight lessons that can be learnt from both advanced and emerging economies.
"I think that there’s a lot going on in the advanced world and there’s not enough spotlight on what’s happening in emerging economies. Many of my students are from these emerging economies and so I want them to be proud of who they are, and to see what’s going on around their world so that they are encouraged and imbued with confidence to also get there."