Damilola Sunday Olawuyi

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Damilola Sunday Olawuyi (SAN)
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October 1, 2019 (2019-10-01)
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Damilola Sunday Olawuyi

(1983-08-28) August 28, 1983 (age 38)
Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria
Alma mater

Professor Damilola Sunday Olawuyi, SAN, FCIArb, is an international jurist, professor of law, arbitrator, author and policy consultant, with expertise in petroleum, mining, energy and environmental law.[1] He is the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti, Nigeria. Professor Olawuyi was promoted to the rank of Full Professor of Law at the age of 32 years, becoming one of the youngest full professors of law in Nigerian history.[2][3] He became a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (Queen's Counsel eqv.) in 2020, aged thirty-seven, becoming the youngest academic ever elevated to the rank of a senior advocate of Nigeria.[4][5][6]

He is Vice Chair of the International Law Association.[7] He has served as a visiting professor at Columbia Law School, New York,[8] China University of Political Science and Law, IAS Vanguard Fellow at the University of Birmingham,[9] and senior visiting research fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies.[10] In 2019, he was a Herbert Smith Freehills visiting professor at Cambridge University.[11] He has delivered lectures on energy law in over 40 countries. In 2020, he was appointed as an Independent Expert on the African Union’s Working Group on extractive industries, environment and human rights.[12] In 2021, he was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari as a member of the Governing Board of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.[13][14] In 2022, he was appointed by the President of the United Nations Human Rights Council to represent Africa as an Independent Expert on the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights.[15] He holds the UNESCO Chairs on Environmental Law and Sustainable Development at Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Doha, Qatar.[16]


An indigene of Igbajo Town in Boluwaduro Local Government Area of Osun State of Nigeria,[17] Professor Olawuyi was born in Ibadan. He had his early education at INRI Nursery and Primary School, Ibadan and completed his secondary school education at Igbinedion Secondary School, Benin City, where he sat for and excelled in his West African School Certificate Examination in 2000. While in secondary school, he was popularly known as the "Authority" because of his passionate interest in national, legal and political affairs. He was an avid reader of all of the most popular newspapers in Nigeria at that time.

At the age of twenty one, he graduated from Igbinedion University, Okada, Nigeria with a first-class degree in law, with all of the available prizes, and was named overall best graduating student and University Valedictorian (2005). The following year, he graduated with the highest first-class honours awarded that year by the Nigerian Law School (2006) thereby becoming the very first private university graduate in Nigerian history to bag a first class at the highly competitive Nigeria Law School.[18] In the next year, he was awarded a Government of Alberta Scholarship enabling him to study at the University of Calgary, Canada, where he obtained the degree of Master of Laws in natural resources, energy and environmental law (2008).[19] After receiving a Diploma in International Environmental Law from the United Nations Institute for Training and Research, Switzerland, he received a Graduate Scholarship from Harvard University, where he obtained the degree of Master of Laws in international law and sustainable development (2009). In the next year, he was awarded four prestigious scholarships (Clarendon Scholarship Award, Overseas Research Scholarship, Government of Canada's Social Science and Humanities Research Scholarship, and the A G Leventis Scholarship) which enabled him to complete a Doctor of Philosophy in Law degree at Keble College, University of Oxford (2013).[20]

Olawuyi published The Human Rights Based Approach to Carbon Finance in 2016.[21] The book, which is an expanded version of his doctoral thesis, received the International Law Association (Nigeria) Book Prize in 2016.

Olawuyi is a licensed member of the bars of Nigeria, Alberta, Canada and Ontario, Canada. He has practiced and taught law in Europe, North America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. He was formerly an energy lawyer at Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP where he served on the firm's global committee on extractive investments in Africa.[22] He later became the Deputy Director, Environmental Law at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, Waterloo, Canada.[23]

Research and Honours[edit]

Professor Olawuyi's research interest focuses on sustainable development, with expertise in petroleum, natural resources, energy, environment, and agricultural law.[24] Since he became a Full Professor, he has supervised several undergraduate and postgraduate students. He had published several scholarly articles in reputable academic journal as well as conference abstracts and monograph.[25] 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 Environmental Law in Arab States (Oxford University Press, 2022),[26] Local Content and Sustainable Development in Global Energy Markets (Cambridge University Press, 2021),[27] Climate Change Law and Policy in the MENA Region (Routledge, 2021),[28] The Human Rights-Based Approach to Carbon Finance (Cambridge University Press, 2016)[29] and Extractives Industry Law in Africa (Springer, 2018).[30]

Olawuyi has received numerous awards and fellowships. He is a member of several national and international professional bodies including the Academic Advisory Group of the International Bar Association.[31]

In 2018, Olawuyi was appointed as an expert member of the Federal Technical Committee on National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency Bill, Committee on Environment and Habitat, Federal House of Representatives, Government of Nigeria, Abuja.[32] Professor Olawuyi is a regular media commentator on all aspects of natural resources, energy, and environmental law.[33]


  1. ^ "Olawuyi: 'International law emphasizes need for consent of communities that may be affected by activity or project'". Guardian Newspaper. Guardian Newspaper. 5 March 2019.
  2. ^ Nigerian Lawyers News (12 October 2019). "Professor Damilola S Olawuyi appointed as Deputy Vice Chancellor at Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti". Nigerian Lawyers News. Nigerian Lawyers News.
  3. ^ The Nigeria Lawyers. "Professor Damilola S Olawuyi appointed as Deputy Vice Chancellor at Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti". The Nigeria Lawyers. The Nigeria Lawyers. Retrieved 25 October 2019.
  4. ^ Nations Newspaper (2020). "NBA hails LPPC as Ahonaruogho, Alabi, Olawuyi, 69 others make SAN list". No. 17. Nation News. Nation News. Retrieved 17 November 2020.
  5. ^ Nigerian News, Nigerian Lawyers (15 November 2020). "Meet The Youngest Academic To Become A Senior Advocate Of Nigeria". No. 112. Nigerian Lawyers. Nigerian Lawyers. Retrieved 17 November 2020.
  6. ^ The Gazelle, Newspaper (17 November 2020). "Oyetola Congratulates Prof. Olawuyi, Adesina, Hussein On Their Elevation To SAN". No. 172020. The Gazelle News. The Gazelle News. Retrieved 17 November 2020.
  7. ^ "Patrons & Officers". International Law Association. International Law Association. International Law Association. Retrieved 25 October 2019.
  8. ^ "DR. DAMILOLA OLAWUYI JOINS SABIN CENTER AS VISITING SCHOLAR". Columbia Law School. Sabin Centre for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School.
  9. ^ "IAS Vanguard Fellow 2019". University of Birmingham. Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Birmingham. Retrieved 30 October 2019.
  10. ^ "Damilola Olawuyi, Senior Visiting Research Fellow". Oxford Institute for Energy Studies. Oxford Institute for Energy Studies.
  11. ^ "HBKU faculty member bags Cambridge fellowship". Qatar Peninsula News. Qatar Peninsula. 13 August 2018.
  12. ^ The Nations Newspaper, The Nation Newspaper (22 September 2020). "Olawuyi Joins AU Working Group". No. 9. The Nation Newspaper. The Nation Newspaper. Retrieved 27 September 2020.
  13. ^ TNL, Newspaper (2021). "Buhari Appoints Olawuyi, 14 Others Into NEITI Board". TNL. No. 7. TNL. TNL. Retrieved 23 July 2021.
  14. ^ Vanguard, Newspaper (22 July 2021). "Buhari tasks NEITI's new board on accountability of natural resource revenues". Vanguard. Vanguard Newspaper. Retrieved 23 July 2021.
  15. ^ Online, Tribune (2022-07-14). "Olawuyi to represent Africa in United Nations Working Group". Tribune Online. Retrieved 2022-07-14.
  16. ^ "HBKU establishes Unesco Chair on environmental law and sustainability". Gulf-Times (in Arabic). 2022-05-22. Retrieved 2022-05-23.
  17. ^ Nigerian, Tribune (December 20, 2020). "Igbajo Town Celebrates 37-Year-Old Professor Turned SAN https://tribuneonlineng.com/igbajo-town-celebrates-37-year-old-professor-turned-san/". No. 122020. Nigerian Tribune. Nigerian Tribune. Retrieved 2 January 2021. {{cite news}}: External link in |title= (help)
  18. ^ http://igbinedion.net/index.html/. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  19. ^ "Damilola Olawuyi".
  20. ^ "Previous scholars | Clarendon Scholarships | University of Oxford". University of Oxford.
  21. ^ Olawuyi, Damilola S. (2016). The Human Rights Based Approach to Carbon Finance (Hard Back ed.). Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/CBO9781316226285. ISBN 9781316226285.
  22. ^ Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP https://web.archive.org/web/20150120234735/http://www.nortonrosefulbright.com/people/102122/damilola-s-olawuyi. Archived from the original on 2015-01-20. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  23. ^ "Damilola S. Olawuyi". Centre for International Governance Innovation. Centre for International Governance Innovation.
  24. ^ "Prof. Damilola Olawuyi Bio". Damilola Olawuyi: About.
  25. ^ "Damilola Olawuyi: About".
  26. ^ Environmental Law in Arab States. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-289618-6.
  27. ^ "Local Content and Sustainable Development in Global Energy Markets | Environmental law". Cambridge University Press. Retrieved 2022-05-23.
  28. ^ "Climate Change Law and Policy in the Middle East and North Africa Region". Routledge & CRC Press. Retrieved 2022-05-23.
  29. ^ The Human Rights Based Approach to Carbon Finance. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781107105515.
  30. ^ Extractives Industry Law in Africa. Springer. 2018. p. 380. ISBN 978-3-319-97664-8.
  31. ^ International Bar Association. International Bar Association https://www.ibanet.org/LPD/SEERIL/AcademicAdvisoryGroup.aspx. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  32. ^ "Professor Damilola S Olawuyi appointed as Deputy Vice Chancellor at Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti". Nigerian Lawyers. 12 October 2019.
  33. ^ "Olawuyi: 'International law emphasizes need for consent of communities that may be affected by activity or project'". Guardian Newspaper. Guardian Newspaper. 5 March 2019.