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

Areas of Expertise
African Union, Climate Change,Corporate Social Responsibility, Development of International Law,Green/Sustainable Energy, International Affairs, International Development, International Human Rights Law, International Law, Post 2015 Development Agenda, The Global South, The Private Sector and Private-Public Partnerships

Region of Focus
North America, Sub-Saharan Africa, The Middle East

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).

Recent Publications
Damilola Olawuyi, The Human Rights Based Approach to Carbon Finance (Cambridge University Press, 2016).

Damilola Olawuyi & Rhuks Ako (eds), Food and Agricultural Law (Afe Babalola University Press, 2015) ISBN 1926832272, pp 320.
Reviewed by Yemi Akinseye George SAN, FCIARB

Damilola Olawuyi, The Principles of Nigerian Environmental Law (Ukraine: Business Perspectives Publishing, 2013) ISBN 9662965114, pp 350. Foreword by Aare Afe Babalola SAN, OFR, LLD, FNIALS, DLITT

Book Chapters
Damilola Olawuyi, “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.

Ajibade I. and Damilola Olawuyi, “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.

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.

International Report
Sarah Mason-Case, Liliana del Villar, Damilola Olawuyi, and Benoit Mayer, Compendium of Legal Best Practices on Climate Change Policy (Italy: International Development Law Organization, 2011) 1-25.

Journal Articles
Damilola Olawuyi, “Climate justice and corporate responsibility: taking human rights seriously in climate actions and projects” (2016) 34 (1) Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law (Journal of the International Bar Association, Taylor and Francis) pp1-18

Damilola Olawuyi, Book Review: Shawkat Alam, Sumudu Atapattu, Carmen G. Gonzalez and Jona Razzaque,International Environmental Law and the Global South, Cambridge University Press, New York, 2015, 623 (2016) 29 :2 Leiden Journal of International Law, pp 611-616 doi:10.1017/S0922156516000194

Damilola Olawuyi, ‘The Increasing Relevance of Rights-Based Approaches to Resource Governance in Africa: Shifting from Regional Aspiration to Local Realization (2015) 11:2 McGill International Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy (McGill Law School, Montreal, Canada) pp 293-338.

Damilola Olawuyi, “Terrorism, Armed Conflict and the Nigerian Child: Legal Framework for Child Rights Enforcement in Nigeria” (2016) Nigerian Juridical Review, University of Nigeria.

Damilola Olawuyi, “Proposal for a Climate Compensation Mechanism for Small Island States: Response to Maxine Burkett, 13 (1) Santa Clara Journal of Int’l L. 133 (2015).

Olawuyi, D. S., “Legal strategies and tools for mitigating legal risks associated with oil and gas investments in Africa” (2015) 39 (3) OPEC Energy Review, 247–265. doi: 10.1111/opec.12043

OLAWUYI DS, “Recognizing the Intersections between Human Rights and the Environment in Legal Education and Training” (2014) Asian Journal of Legal Education (Sage Publishers) doi: 10.1177/2322005814530328, vol. 1 no. 2, 103-113

OLAWUYI DS. “Mainstreaming Human Rights under National and International law: Legal and Epistemic Questions” (2013) 3 (3) Indonesia Law Review, Faculty of Law, University of Indonesia.

Damilola Olawuyi, ‘Harmonizing International Trade and Climate Change Institutions: Legal and Theoretical Basis for Systemic Integration’, Law and Development Review, Volume 7, Issue 1, Pages 107–129, DOI: 10.1515/ldr-2014-0023, September 2014

OLAWUYI D.S, ‘Power Generation through Renewable Energy Sources: An Analysis of the Legal Barriers and Potentials in Nigeria’ (2013) 5 (2) Journal of Resources, Energy and Development, The Energy and Resources Institute, India. DOI: 10.3233/RED-120106

OLAWUYI D.S and OLARINDE O, ‘Setting Sustainable Standards for Biofuel Projects : Legal and Institutional Imperatives’ (2013) 2(1) Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy, Afe Babalola University, Nigeria

OLAWUYI D.S, ‘Aguan Biogas Project and the Government of the United Kingdom: Legal and International Human Rights Assessment’ (2013) 4 (3) Queen Mary Law Journal, University of London.

OLAWUYI D.S, ‘Legal and Sustainable Development Impacts of Major Oil Spills’ (2012) 4(3) Consilience Journal of Sustainable Development, Columbia University, doi:

OLAWUYI DS, ‘Legal and Institutional Barriers to the Transfer of Environmentally Sound Technologies to Nigeria through the Clean Development Mechanism’ (2013) 3 (1) Journal of Environmental Law, Nigerian Institute for Advanced Legal Studies, Lagos.

OLAWUYI DS, “Hydraulic Fracturing Technology and Shale Gas Production in Nigeria: Legal and Sustainability Assessment” (2014) 4 (2) Petroleum Technology Development Journal (PTDJ), Petroleum Technology Development Fund, Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Nigeria.

OLAWUYI D.S, ‘Carbon Markets, Neo-liberalism and Human Rights: Towards a Win-Win Approach’ (2013) 4 (2) Journal of Environmental Economics, Business Perspectives, Ukraine

OLAWUYI D.S, ‘Addressing Inequality trends in Climate Change Mitigation Policy Measures and Projects: Reflections on Post 2012 Outlooks’ (2013) 2-3, Environmental Law and Practice Review, NALSAR University Law School, India

OLAWUYI D.S, ‘Mentally Disabled Persons and the Law: Where Lays the Haven under the Canadian Criminal Justice System?’ (2012) 18 (3) Centerpiece, Alberta Civil Liberties Research Center, University of Calgary

OLAWUYI D.S,’Adopting the Language of Rights for Environmental Protection: Legal and Theoretical Justifications’ (2012) Canadian Journal of Globalization, University of Ottawa

OLAWUYI D.S, ‘Towards a Transparent and Accountable Clean Development Mechanism: Legal and Institutional Imperatives’ (2012) Nordic Environmental Law Journal, Uppsala University, Sweden

OLAWUYI, D.S,’Rethinking the Place of Flexible Mechanisms in Kyoto’s Post 2012 Commitments’ (2010) Journal of Law, Environment and Development, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (SOAS)

OLAWUYI D.S, “Achieving Sustainable Development in Africa Through the Clean Development Mechanism: Legal and Institutional Issues Considered” (2009) African J. International and Comparative Law 270-301 (Edinburgh University Press) Volume 17, Issue 2, Page 270-301, ISSN 0954-8890,