Damilola Olawuyi

Deputy Director and Head of International Environmental Law
Centre for International Governance Innovation


In the latest episode of the Book Talk podcasts, hosted this month by the ACUNS summer intern Benjamin Greenoe, Damilola Olawuyi discusses his new book: The Human Rights Based Approach to Carbon Finance. As Olawuyi argues in the book, there has been a trend in recent years where the implementation of projects related to climate change reduction has complicated human rights in developing countries. Projects intended to reduce climate change can still complicate land issues including the right to farm, subsistence, and displacement. Olawuyi believes that human rights can and should be mainstreamed and embedded in carbon finance projects. This approach is in keeping with both the UN’s approach to mainstreaming human rights and elements of the Paris Climate Agreement. The Human Rights Based Approach to Carbon Finance starts a dialogue and provides a tool for implementing carbon finance programs in a human rights way.


The Human Rights Based Approach to Carbon Finance (ACUNS Books by Members)

Damilola S. Olawuyi’s profile at the Centre for International Governance Innovation.

About the Author
Damilola S. Olawuyi is deputy director of international environmental law, with CIGI’s International Law Research Program (ILRP). In this role, he provides strategic guidance, operations coordination and management of CIGI’s international environmental law research and training programs.

At CIGI, Damilola’s research focuses on corporate risk identification and mitigation in international energy and environmental projects. A prolific and highly regarded scholar, Damilola has published more than 30 peer-reviewed articles, books and reports on carbon finance, climate justice, extractive resource governance and the intersections of human rights and the environment. His most recent publication is The Human Rights-Based Approach to Carbon Finance (Cambridge University Press, 2016).

Damilola was formerly an international energy lawyer at Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, Calgary, where he served on the firm’s global committee on extractive resource investments in Africa. He has lectured on energy and environmental law in more than 20 countries, including Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, France, India, Kenya, Nigeria, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Damilola holds a doctoral degree in energy and environmental law from the University of Oxford, a master of laws (LL.M.) from Harvard Law School, another LL.M. from the University of Calgary and a diploma in international environmental law from the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (Switzerland). He earned his LL.B. from Igbinedion University, Nigeria, graduating with first-class honours, and his B.L. from the Nigerian Law School, also graduating with first-class honours.

Damilola serves on the executive committees and boards of the American Society of International Law (co-chair, African Interest Group), the International Law Association (London) and the Environmental Law Centre (Alberta). He is 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 Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (Montreal), and, most recently, the David Sive Scholar at the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School (New York).

Recorded July 2016