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


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


Damilola S. Olawuyi is an Associate Professor of Law at HBKU Law School. He is also Chancellor’s Fellow and Director at 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. His publications include three books and more than 30 articles, book chapters and reports on petroleum law, energy and international environmental law. His most recent publication is The Human Rights-Based Approach to Carbon Finance (Cambridge University Press, 2016).

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 20 countries.

Professor Olawuyi serves on the executive committees and boards of the American Society of International Law, International Law Association and the Environmental Law Centre, Alberta. He has been a visiting professor at Columbia Law School, New York, and China University of Political Science and Law. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy.

Professor Olawuyi has been admitted as Barrister and Solicitor in Alberta, Canada; Ontario, Canada; and Nigeria.


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


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

  • Senior Lecturer in Law

    College of Law, Afe Babalola University, Nigeria

  • David Sive Scholar

    Columbia Law School, New York

  • 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

  • University Research Fellow

    Energy and Environmental Law, University of Calgary, Canada

  • Consultant

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




University of Oxford, United Kingdom

  • LL.M

    Harvard Law School, Cambridge, United States

  • LLM

    University of Calgary, Canada

  • BL(First Class Honours)

    Nigerian Law School, Abuja, Nigeria

  • LLB (First Class Honours)

    Igbinedion University, Okada, Nigeria


Selected Publications

  • Damilola Olawuyi, From Technology Transfer to Technology Absorption

    Addressing Climate Technology Gaps in Africa (2017) Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law, DOI:10.1080/02646811.2017.1379667 (International Bar Association/Taylor and Francis).

  • Damilola Olawuyi, Public Private Partnerships and Infrastructure Development in GCC Countries

    Trends, Limitations and Ways Forward (2017) 6:1 Mena Business Law Review (Lexis Nexis)

  • Damilola Olawuyi, Current Developments in Carbon & Climate Law

    Middle East and North Africa (MENA), (2017) 11 (1), (4) Climate and Carbon Law Review

  • Damilola Olawuyi, ‘Beautifying Africa for the Clean Development Mechanism- 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 (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2009) chapter 11, 262-284

  • Damilola Olawuyi, ‘Advancing Climate Justice in International Law

    Potentials and Constraints of the United Nations Human Rights Based Approach’, in Randall S. Abate (ed.), Climate Justice: Case Studies in Global and Regional Governance Challenges (Washington DC: Environmental Law Institute Press, 2016). Chapter 1.

  • Damilola Olawuyi and Rhuks Ako, ‘Environmental Justice in Nigeria

    Divergent Tales and Future Prospects’ in Holifield, R. B., Chakraborty, J., & Walker, G., eds. Handbook of Environmental Justice (Abingdon: Routledge, 2017).

  • The Human Rights Based Approach to Carbon Finance (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016)

    [440 pages]

  • Book Review: International Environmental Law and the Global South (Shawkat Alam, Sumudu Atapattu, Carmen G. Gonzalez, and Jona Razzaque, eds.)

    29:2 Leiden Journal of International Law (Cambridge University Press) pp. 611-616

  • Ontario’s Climate Change Mitigation and Low Carbon Economy Act: Pious Aspirations or New Dawn?

    16 (1) Consilience: The Journal of Sustainable Development (Columbia University, New York) pp. 29-37

  • Legal Strategies and Tools for Mitigating Legal Risks Associated with Oil and Gas Investments in Africa

    39 (3) OPEC Energy Review  (Wiley-Blackwell) 2015) 247-265

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

    34: 1 Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law, DOI:10.1080/02646811.2016.1120583 (Taylor and Francis)

  • ‘Fostering Accountability in Large Scale Environmental Projects: Lessons from CDM and REDD+ Projects’ in J Wouters, A Ninio

    T Doherty and H Cisse (eds.), Improving Delivery in Development: The Role of Voice, Social Contract, and Accountability (Washington: The World Bank Legal Review 2015) chapter 5, 127-147

  • A Proposal for a Compensation Mechanism For Small Island States: Response to Maxine Burkett

    13 (1) Santa Clara Journal of International Law (Santa Clara Law School) (2015) 133-149

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

    11 (2) McGill International Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy (McGill University Law School, Canada)

  • Advancing Climate Justice in International Law: An Evaluation of the United Nations Human Rights Based Approach (by invitation)

    8 (1) Florida A & M University (FAMU) Law Review (Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) Law School) (Spring 2015)

  • The Emergence of Right-Based Approaches to Resource Governance in Africa: False Start or New Dawn?

    15 (2) Sustainable Development Law & Policy (American University Washington College of Law) (2015) 13-21

  • Damilola Olawuyi and Ajibade I., ‘Climate Change Impacts on Housing and Property Rights in Nigeria and Panama: Toward a Rights-Based Approach to Adaptation and Mitigation’, in: Dominic Stucker and Elena Lopez-Gunn (eds.)

    Adaptation to Climate Change through Water Resources Management: Capacity, Equity and Sustainability (New York: Routledge 2014) chapter 13, 264-284

  • Harmonizing International Trade and Climate Change Institutions: Legal and Theoretical Basis for Systemic Integration

    7 (2) Law and Development Review

  • Regulating Unconventional Oil and Gas Production: Towards an International Sustainability Framework

    13 (3) Indonesian Journal of International Law (Faculty of Law, University of Indonesia) (2014), pp 345-362

  • Recognizing the Intersections between Human Rights and the Environment in Legal Education and Training

    1 (2) Asian Journal of Legal Education (SAGE Publishing, London) (2014) 103-113

  • Aguan Biogas Project and the Government of the United Kingdom: Legal and International Human Rights Assessment

    4 (3) QUEEN MARY L. J. (The School of Law, Queen Mary University of London) (2013) 37-50

  • Power Generation through Renewable Energy Sources: An Analysis of the Legal Barriers and Potentials in Nigeria

    10 (2) Journal of Resources, Energy and Development (IOS Press) (2013) 105-112

  • Towards a Transparent and Accountable Clean Development Mechanism: Legal and Institutional Imperatives (2012)

    2 (2) Nordic Env L. J (Uppsala University, Sweden)

  • Damilola Olawuyi, Rethinking the Place of Flexible Mechanisms in Kyoto’s Post 2012 Commitments

    6 (1) J. OF LAW, ENVT. AND DEV. (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London) (2010) 23-35

  • Achieving Sustainable Development in Africa through the Clean Development Mechanism: Legal and Institutional Issues Considered

    17 (2) African Journal of International and Comparative Law (Edinburgh University Press) (2009) 270-301

  • Damilola Olawuyi, ‘Financing Low-Emission and Climate-Resilient Infrastructure in the Arab Region

    Potentials and Limitations of Public-Private Partnership Contracts’ in Walter Leal Filho, Amr Abdel Meguid, Climate Change Adaptation in the Arab Region: Case Studies and Best Practice (Springer, 2017)