Director of OGEES Institute

Prof Damilola S. Olawuyi

LL.B (1st Class), BL (1st Class), LL.M (Calgary), LL.M (Harvard), Ph.D (Oxford)

Prof Olawuyi is Director of the OGEES Institute. In this position, he oversees the research, training and international development programs of the Institute.

Prof Olawuyi’s areas of expertise cut across broad areas of global sustainability, specifically natural resources, energy and environment. He has published extensively on oil and gas law, climate change, and the intersections of human rights and environment. Prof. Olawuyi has provided expert advice and opinion on seabed mining, electric power plant projects, clean development mechanism projects, carbon emission reduction and credit trading projects, including carbon capture and sequestration, energy efficiency and agricultural offset projects in emerging markets, with focus on Africa. Prof. Olawuyi’s current research focus is to design a template or framework for mainstreaming human rights considerations into energy and resource investments, particularly in the extractive industries. He teaches international environmental law, oil and gas law and international human rights law.
Prof. Olawuyi has published over two-dozen journal articles, and three books in the areas of natural resources, energy and environmental law. He has been an expert speaker and commentator at several international conferences. He is the Vice President of the International Law Association (Nigerian Branch), Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy; Associate Fellow of the Center for Sustainable Development Law, Montreal; and an Associate Fellow of the International Development Law Organization, Rome, Italy. He was most recently a University Research Fellow at the Consortium for Peace Studies, University of Calgary. Prof. Olawuyi also provides legal advice and services as a lawyer at the leading global law firm, Norton Rose Fulbright, Canada.

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International Environmental Law

Oil and Gas Law

Human Rights Law

Climate Change Law

Recent Publications

Damilola Olawuyi, The Human Rights Based Approach to Carbon Finance: Addressing Human Rights Questions in Carbon Projects (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2015).

Damilola Olawuyi, "Proposal for a Climate Compensation Mechanism for Small Island States: Response to Maxine Burkett, 13 Santa Clara Journal of Int'l L. 133 (2015).

Damilola Olawuyi,“Legal Strategies and Tools for Mitigating Legal Risks Associated with Oil and Gas Investments in Africa” (2015) Volume 39, OPEC Energy Review, Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, Vienna, Austria.

OLAWUYI DS, "Fostering Accountability in Large Scale Environmental Projects: Lessons from CDM and REDD+ Projects" (2015) 6 (1) World Bank Legal Review, The World Bank Group, Washington, DC, United States.

OLAWUYI DS, "Hydraulic Fracturing Technology and Shale Gas Production in Nigeria: Legal and Sustainability Assessment" (2014) 4 (2) Petroleum Technology Development Journal (PTDJ), Petroleum Technology Development Fund, Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Nigeria.

OLAWUYI DS, "Recognizing the Intersections between Human Rights and the Environment in Legal Education and Training" (2014) 1 (2) Asian Journal of Legal Education, The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, SAGE Publications, London, United Kingdom.

OLAWUYI DS. "Mainstreaming Human Rights under National and International law: Legal and Epistemic Questions” (2013) 3 (3) Indonesia Law Review, Faculty of Law, University of Indonesia.

OLAWUYI D.S, The Principles of Nigerian Environmental Law (Ukraine: Business Perspectives Publishing, 2013)

OLAWUYI D.S, 'Power Generation through Renewable Energy Sources: An Analysis of the Legal Barriers and Potentials in Nigeria' (2013) 5 (2) Journal of Resources, Energy and Development, The Energy and Resources Institute, India.

OLAWUYI DS, ‘Legal and Institutional Barriers to the Transfer of Environmentally Sound Technologies to Nigeria through the Clean Development Mechanism’ (2013) 3 (1) Journal of Environmental Law, Nigerian Institute for Advanced Legal Studies, Lagos.

OLAWUYI D.S, 'Carbon Markets, Neo-liberalism and Human Rights: Towards a Win-Win Approach' (2013) 4 (2) Journal of Environmental Economics, Business Perspectives, Ukraine

OLAWUYI D.S and OLARINDE O, ‘Setting Sustainable Standards for Biofuel Projects : Legal and Institutional Imperatives’ (2013) 2(1) Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy, Afe Babalola University, Nigeria

OLAWUYI D.S, 'Legal and Sustainable Development Impacts of Major Oil Spills' (2012) 4(3) Consilience Journal of Sustainable Development, Columbia University

OLAWUYI D.S, 'Aguan Biogas Project and the Government of the United Kingdom: Legal and International Human Rights Assessment' (2013) 4 (3) Queen Mary Law Journal, University of London.

OLAWUYI D.S, 'Addressing Inequality trends in Climate Change Mitigation Policy Measures and Projects: Reflections on Post 2012 Outlooks’ (2013) Environmental Law and Practice Review, NALSAR University Law School, India

OLAWUYI D.S, 'Mentally Disabled Persons and the Law: Where Lays the Haven under the Canadian Criminal Justice System?' (2012) 18 (3) Centerpiece, Alberta Civil Liberties Research Center, University of Calgary

OLAWUYI D.S,'Adopting the Language of Rights for Environmental Protection: Legal and Theoretical Justifications' (2012) Canadian Journal of Globalization, University of Ottawa

OLAWUYI D.S, 'Towards a Transparent and Accountable Clean Development Mechanism: Legal and Institutional Imperatives' (2012) Nordic Environmental Law Journal, Uppsala University, Sweden

OLAWUYI D.S, 'Legal Preparedness for REDD+ Projects in Zambia' in S Mason-Case, Liliana del Villar, Damilola Olawuyi, and B Mayer, Compendium of Legal Best Practices on Climate Change & Sustainable Management of Natural Resources (Italy: International Development Law Organization, 2011).

OLAWUYI, D.S,'Rethinking the Place of Flexible Mechanisms in Kyoto's Post 2012 Commitments' (2010) Journal of Law, Environment and Development, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (SOAS)

OLAWUYI D.S, 'Beautifying Africa for Clean Development Mechanism Projects- Legal and Institutional Issues Considered' in Benjamin Richardson, Yves Le Bouthillier, Heather McLeod- Kilmurray & Stefan Wood(eds.), Climate Change Law and Developing Countries: Legal and Policy Challenges for the World Community (Holland: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2009)

OLAWUYI DS, 'Exploring Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage as a Clean Development Mechanism Project-Legal and Regulatory Issues Considered' in Carbon Mitigation and Regulations, (India: ICFAI University Press, 2009)

OLAWUYI D.S, "Achieving Sustainable Development in Africa Through the Clean Development Mechanism: Legal and Institutional Issues Considered" (2009) African J. International and Comparative Law 270-301 (Edinburgh University Press)

OLAWUYI D.S.,'The Emergence of International Law on Chemicals- An Appraisal of the Role of Soft Law' (2007) Journal of Environmental Law and Practice, ICFAI University, India

Recent Speaking Engagements

Damilola Olawuyi, "Water for Food, Energy and Sustainable Development–Addressing Legal and Policy Barriers to the Advancement of Water Technology and Enterprises", presented on March 28, 2015 at the 2015 EnergyWaterFoodNexus conference at the School of Environment of the Florida A&M University, United States. 

Damilola Olawuyi, "Advancing Climate Justice in International Law: Evaluating the United Nations Human Rights Based Approach", a paper presented on March 26, 2015 at the 1st Annual Climate and Energy Justice Lecture, FAMU College of Law, Florida, United States of America.

OLAWUYI DS, "Legal Frameworks for Mitigating Social and Environmental Risks of Cross-Border Pipeline Developments in North America and Abroad", a paper presented at the 2015 Canadian Association of Environmental Law Societies (CAELS) Conference held on February 13 and 14, 2015 at the University of Calgary, Canada.

OLAWUYI DS, "Social and Environmental Risks in Cross-Border Pipeline Projects: Legal Framework for Sustainable Mitigation”, a paper presented at the 2014 Second International Environmental Law, Scientific and Practical Conference, themed “Eurasian Integration: Legal and Educational Aspects” at the Novosibirsk State University, Novosibirsk, Russia, on 3–5 of December 2014.

OLAWUYI DS, Commentaries on Maxine Burkett’s “Rehabilitation: A Proposal for a Compensation Mechanism For Small Island States”, presented on January 25, 2014 at the 2014 Santa Clara Journal of International Law Symposium, Santa Clara Law School, Santa Clara, California, United States.

OLAWUYI DS, “Carbon Markets, Neoliberalism and Environmental Sustainability: Towards a Win-Win Approach” A paper presented on November 02, 2013 at the 2020 Vision for Humanity and Global Security Conference, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada

OLAWUYI DS and OLARINDE OS, “Setting Sustainable Standards for Biofuel Production: Legal and Institutional Imperatives” (A paper presented at the first European Union Environmental Law Forum (EELF) Conference held from 4-6 September 2013, at Groningen, Netherlands)

OLAWUYI DS, "Setting Sustainable Standards for Safety and Emergency Planning on Oil Platforms: Towards an International Framework" presented at the International Conference on Energy Transitions: Regulation of Energy Markets at the National, European and International levels (University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, Finland).

OLAWUYI DS, "A Human Rights Based Approach to Climate Change: Legal and Institutional Perspectives" a paper presented at the ECOST Climate Change Working Group on Human Rights, Climate Change and Migration held at the University of Utretch, Netherlands

OLAWUYI D.S, “Legal Aspects of Emission Trading” A session contribution made at the ICAP European Union Summer School/Training Course in Emission Trading held in Madrid, Spain (2011).

OLAWUYI D.S, 'Recognizing the Intersection between Human Rights and the Environment in Legal Education', A paper presented on the 29th March, 2010 at the Conference of the United Kingdom Council for Legal Education in Warwick, United Kingdom

OLAWUYI D.S, 'Legal and Institutional Barriers to the Transfer of Environmentally Sound Technologies to Developing Countries through the Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism', presented on 12 May, 2010 at the Global Concerns Conference in Sønderborg, Denmark,

OLAWUYI D.S, 'An Overview of International Arrangements on Integrated Coastal Zone Management–Lessons and Suggestions for the Future' A paper presented at the Canadian Coastal Zone Conference 2008, in Vancouver, Canada

OLAWUYI D.S, 'The Right to Clean Environment under International Law- Defining the Scope and Content of an Emerging Right' A paper presented at the 4th International Conference of the Canadians Lawyers on International Human Rights, on the 19th February, 2008 at the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, Canada.


      I write to update you on the progress made by the institute for Oil, Gas, Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development (OGEES Institute) in recent times, and to inform you that Volume 5 of the Journal is now out. The success of this Journal is another manifestation of OGEES Institute’s resolve and drive to fulfill the lofty promise and vision of the Founder and President Aare Afe Babalola, OFR, CON, LL.D, D.Litt, SAN-whose ultimate passion is to build a global University.

I am also pleased to inform you that the Director of the Institute, Dr. Damilola Olawuyi was invited to the Offshore East Africa Convention in October 2015 in Tanzania and he was represented by Barrister Nnamdi Ikpeze of the College of LAW Afe Babalola University to deliver a paper titled: Legal Strategies and Tools for Mitigating Legal Risks Associated with Oil and Gas Investments in Africa.

However, in order to consolidate the growing reputation of ABUAD as the leading global centre of research and learning, the OGEES Institute recently received one of its research fellows from Florida A&M University, United States to carry out a research work that will last for four months.

More so, the OGEES Institute has contributed various books of International and Local Standard to the Library, ranging from Engineering Textbooks and Sciences Textbooks. And just recently books were also contributed to the Law Library from Dr. Rhuks Ako a research fellow of the OGEES Institute based in the United Kingdom. A total of 12 volumes were forwarded through the Provost’s of Law to the Library.

Sir, please accept the assurance of my highest regards.

Mr. Kolawole Moronkeji
Administrative Secretary (OGEES Inst.)