Dr. Damilola Olawuyi, Ph.D.

Deputy Director, CIGI, Canada and Director, OGEES Institute, Nigeria

Dr. Damilola S. Olawuyi is Chancellor’s Fellow and Professor of International Law at Afe Babalola University, Nigeria. He serves as deputy director and thematic head of international environmental law, with the Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. In this role, he provides strategic guidance, operations coordination and management of CIGI’s international environmental law research and training programs. He is also the Director of the Institute for Oil, Gas, Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development (OGEES Institute) at Afe Babalola University, Nigeria. A prolific scholar, Damilola has published over thirty 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 over 20 countries including: Great Britain, France, Denmark, United States, Australia, Spain, China, India, Kenya, Canada, United States and throughout Nigeria. Damilola holds a doctoral degree in energy and environmental law from the University of Oxford, United Kingdom; Master of Laws (LL.M) from Harvard Law School, another LL.M from the University of Calgary, Canada and a Diploma in International Environmental Law from the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), Switzerland. He earned his LL.B degree from Igbinedion University, Nigeria, graduating in First Class Honors and his B.L. degree from the Nigerian Law School, also graduating in First Class Honors. Damilola serves on the executive committees and boards of the American Society of International Law (Co-Chair, African Interest Group), International Law Association, London, and the Environmental Law Center, Alberta, Canada.  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 Center for International Sustainable Development Law, Montreal, and most recently David Sive Scholar at the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School, New York. 

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