Damilola S. Olawuyi | Hamad Bin Khalifa University
Hamad Bin Khalifa University

FACULTY BIOGRAPHIES

Damilola S. Olawuyi

Damilola S. Olawuyi (PhD)


Associate Professor
College of Law

  • Phone+974 4454 2906
  • Office locationC 03.016, College of Islamic Studies Building

Biography

Damilola S. Olawuyi is an Associate Professor of Law at HBKU College of Law. He is also Chancellor’s Fellow and Director of the Institute for Oil, Gas, Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development (OGEES Institute), Afe Babalola University, Nigeria. 

A prolific and highly regarded scholar, Professor Olawuyi has practiced and taught law in Europe, North America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. He has served as a visiting professor at Columbia Law School, New York, China University of Political Science and Law and senior visiting research fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies. In 2019, he was a Herbert Smith Freehills visiting professor at Cambridge University. He was formerly an international energy lawyer at Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP where he served on the firm’s global committee on energy investments in Africa. He has delivered lectures on energy law in over 40 countries. 

Professor Olawuyi has published close to a hundred articles, book chapters and books on petroleum law, energy and international environmental law. His most recent book publications include The Human Rights-Based Approach to Carbon Finance (Cambridge University Press, 2016) and Extractives Industry Law in Africa (Springer, 2018).

Professor Olawuyi serves on the executive committees and boards of several organizations. He is Vice Chair of the International Law Association; co-chair of the Africa Interest Group of the American Society of International Law (2016-2019); and member of the Academic Advisory Group of the International Bar Association’s Section on Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law (SEERIL). He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy.

Professor Olawuyi holds a doctorate (DPhil) in energy and environmental law from the University of Oxford; a master of laws (LL.M.) from Harvard University; and another LL.M. from the University of Calgary. He has been admitted as Barrister and Solicitor in Alberta, Canada; Ontario, Canada; and Nigeria.

Professor Olawuyi is a regular media commentator on all aspects of natural resources, energy and environmental law. 
 

 


Research Interests

  • International Petroleum Transactions
  • Energy Law and Policy
  • Climate Change Law and Policy
  • Africa and the Middle East
  • International Environmental Law
  • Business and Human Rights
  • Business Organizations
  • Structuring Transactions: Business Practice
  • Environmental Dispute Resolution
  • International Commercial Arbitration

Experience

Senior Visiting Research Fellow

Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

2016 - Present
  • Chancellor’s Fellow and Professor of International Law

    Afe Babalola University, Nigeria

    2016
  • Senior Lecturer in Law

    College of Law, Afe Babalola University, Nigeria

    2012-2016
  • David Sive Scholar

    Columbia Law School, New York

    2016-2016
  • Visiting Professor of Law

    China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing, China

    2015, 2016
  • Barrister and Solicitor

    Energy Practice Group, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

    2012-2016
  • University Research Fellow

    Energy and Environmental Law, University of Calgary, Canada

    2011-2012
  • Consultant

    Energy and Environmental Law, International Development Law Organization, Rome, Italy

    2011

Education

DPhil

University of Oxford, United Kingdom

2013
  • LL.M

    Harvard Law School, Cambridge, United States

    2009
  • LLM

    University of Calgary, Canada

    2008
  • BL(First Class Honours)

    Nigerian Law School, Abuja, Nigeria

    2006
  • LLB (First Class Honours)

    Igbinedion University, Okada, Nigeria

    2005

Selected Publications

  • EXTRACTIVES INDUSTRY LAW IN AFRICA (SPRINGER, 2018)

    2018
  • THE HUMAN RIGHTS BASED APPROACH TO CARBON FINANCE (CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2016)

    2016
  • Local content and procurement requirements in oil and gas contracts: Regional trends in the Middle East and North Africa (2019) 37 (1)

    JOURNAL OF ENERGY & NATURAL RESOURCES LAW (Taylor and Francis, London) 93-117.

    2019
  • ‘Advancing Innovations in Renewable Energy Technologies as Alternatives to Fossil Fuel Use in the Middle East: Trends, Limitations, and Ways Forward’ in Donald Zillman, Martha Roggenkamp, LeRoy Paddock and Lee Godden, (eds.)

    Innovation in Energy Law and Technology: Dynamic Solutions for Energy Transitions (Oxford University Press, 2018) 354-370.

    2018
  • ‘Sustainable Aviation and the Transfer of Environmentally Sound Technologies to Africa: Paradoxes, Barriers and Prospects’ in Armand de Mestral, Paul Fitzgerald, and Tanveer Ahmad (ed),

    Sustainable Development, International Aviation, and Treaty Implementation (Cambridge University Press, 2018) 154-174.

    2018
  • ‘Energy (and Human Rights) for All: Addressing Human Rights Risks in Energy Access Projects’, in Raya Salter, Carmen G. Gonzalez, and Elizabeth Kronk Warner

    Energy Justice: US and International Perspectives (Edward Elgar, 2018) 73-104.

    2018
  • ‘Human Rights and the Environment in Middle East and North African (MENA) Region: Trends, Limitations and Opportunities’, in James May & Erin Daly (eds)

    Encyclopaedia of Human Rights and the Environment, Indivisibility, Dignity and Legality (Edward Elgar, 2018).

    2018
  • ‘Advancing Environmental Justice in a Post Brexit United Kingdom’ in Oonagh Fitzgerald & Eva Lein,

    Complexity's Embrace: The International Law Implications of Brexit (McGill-Queens University Press, 2018) 225-240.

    2018
  • Achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals on Biological Diversity in Nigeria: Current Issues and Future Directions (2018) 7 (1) GLOBAL JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE LAW (BRILL) 37-60 (With Olaitan Olusegun)

    2018
  • Advancing Clean Technology Entrepreneurship in the Middle East and North African (MENA) Region: Law, Education and Policy Imperatives

    7 (1) GLOBAL JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE LAW (BRILL) 115-133 (With Mohammed E. Tok and Cristina D’ Alessandro)

    2018
  • From Technology Transfer to Technology Absorption: Addressing Climate Technology Gaps in Africa

    36:1 JOURNAL OF ENERGY & NATURAL RESOURCES LAW (Taylor and Francis, London) 61-84.

    2018
  • Climate Justice and Corporate Responsibility: Taking Human Rights Seriously in Climate Actions and Projects

    34:1 JOURNAL OF ENERGY & NATURAL RESOURCES LAW (Taylor and Francis, London) (2016) 27-44.

    2016
  • Increasing Relevance of Right-Based Approaches to Resource Governance in Africa: Shifting from Regional Aspiration to Local Realization 11 (2)

    MCGILL INT. JOURNAL OF SUST. DEV. LAW AND POLICY (2015) 113-158.

    2015
  • A Proposal for a Compensation Mechanism For Small Island States: Response to Maxine Burkett 13 (1)

    SANTA CLARA J. OF INTL. LAW (2015) 133-149.

    2015
  • Damilola Olawuyi, Legal Strategies and Tools for Mitigating Legal Risks Associated with Oil and Gas Investments in Africa 39 (3)

    OPEC ENERGY REVIEW (Blackwell Wiley) (2015) 247-265.

    2015
  • Harmonizing International Trade and Climate Change Institutions: Legal and Theoretical Basis for Systemic Integration 7 (2)

    LAW AND DEVELOPMENT. REV. (2014) 107–129.

    2014
  • Achieving Sustainable Development in Africa through the Clean Development Mechanism: Legal and Institutional Issues Considered 17 (2)

    AFRICAN J. OF INT. & COMP. LAW (Edinburgh University Press) (2009) 270-301.

    2009