Damilola S. Olawuyi is the president of the Green Institute. He is an international lawyer, law professor, author, and policy consultant, with expertise in petroleum, energy and environmental law.  A Professor of Law at the Hamad Bin Khalifa University, (Qatar Foundation), Doha, Qatar, 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.

Professor 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.  He has provided expert advice and opinion on seabed mining, electric power plant projects, carbon emission reduction and credit trading projects, including carbon capture and sequestration, energy efficiency and agricultural offset projects.  He teaches courses on petroleum law, environmental law, climate change law, energy regulation, entrepreneurship law, business law and international commercial arbitration.

A prolific writer, Prof. Olawuyi has published over three-dozen journal articles, and three books in natural resources, energy and environmental law.  He has been an expert speaker and commentator at several international conferences.  He serves on the executive committees and boards of the American Society of International Law (Co-Chair), International Law Association, London, and the Environmental Law Center, Alberta, Canada. 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 Editor of the Carbon and Climate Law Review; and Associate Fellow of the Center for International Sustainable Development Law, Montreal.

Professor Olawuyi has lectured on energy and environmental law in over 20 countries including: Qatar, Great Britain, France, Denmark, United States, Australia, Spain, China, India, Kenya, Canada, United States and throughout Nigeria. He was most recently a visiting professor of law at the China University of Politicial Science and Law, Beijing, University Research Fellow at the Consortium for Peace Studies, University of Calgary, and a David Sive Scholar at Columbia Law School, New York, United States.

Professor Olawuyi was formerly an international energy lawyer at the leading global law firm, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, where he served on the firm’s global committee on African extractive investments.  He was also Deputy Director and head of international environmental law at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, Waterloo, Canada.

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


  • DPhil
    University of Oxford, United Kingdom

  • LL.M

    Harvard Law School, Cambridge, United States


  • LL.M

    University of Calgary, Canada


  • B.L (First Class Honours)

    Nigerian Law School, Abuja, Nigeria


  • LL.B (First Class Honours)

    Igbinedion University, Okada, Nigeria



  • 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


Selected Publications

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

    [440 pages]2016

  • 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. 611-6162016

  • 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. 29-372016

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


  • 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)2015

  • ‘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, 127-1472015

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

    13 (1) SANTA CLARA J. OF INT’L. LAW (Santa Clara Law School) (2015) 133-1492015

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

    11 (2) MCGILL INT. J OF SUST. DEV. LAW AND POLICY (McGill University Law School, Canada)2015

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

    8 (1) FAMU LAW REV. (Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) Law School) (Spring 2015)2015

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

    15 (2) SUSTAINABLE DEV’TL. L. & POL. (American University Washington College of Law) (2015) 13-212015

  • 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, 264-2842014

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


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

    13 (3) INDONESIA J. OF INT. LAW (Faculty of Law, University of Indonesia) (2014), pp 345-3622014

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


  • 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) 37-502013

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

    10 (2) J. OF RESOURCES, ENERGY, AND DEV. (IOS Press) (2013) 105-1122013

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

    2 (2) NORDIC ENV. L. J (Uppsala University, Sweden)2013

  • 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) 23-352010

  • 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) 270-3012009

  • 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, 262-2842009

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