The Nigerian Branch of the ILA is led by the distinguished Prof. Fidelis Oditah QC, SAN. The Pioneer Officers of the Nigerian Branch include the President, the Vice President, Executive Secretary, The Director of Finance and the Director of Administration.
OFFICERS OF THE NIGERIAN BRANCH OF THE ILA
Prof. Fidelis Oditah, QC, SAN, BCL, DPhil. (Oxford)
Prof. Fidelis Oditah is the President of the Nigerian Branch of the ILA. Prof. Oditah was educated at the Universities of Lagos and Oxford. He qualified as a Nigerian lawyer in 1985 and as an English lawyer in 1993. He began his legal career at Oxford University, England in 1989 where he taught corporate finance, corporate insolvency, company law, contracts and trusts for many years before going into full time commercial practice in the City of London at 3/4 South Square, Gray’s Inn, London. There he practised as a commercial barrister providing transactional advice, drafting and litigation services to clients, both in England and abroad. In 2003, he was appointed a Queen’s Counsel (QC) in England and on his appointment in 2004 as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), the Nigerian equivalent of an English QC, he set up ODITAH with some of his Lagos-based colleagues.
Prof. Oditah has extensive knowledge and practical experience of Nigerian and English commercial law, banking and finance, corporate law, energy and natural resources and insolvency. He has advised oil and gas companies, banks, multinational companies and small businesses on various aspects of Nigerian commercial law and practice. Clients value his practical and authoritative advice, his hands-on approach, accessibility and his great understanding of the marketplace.
With his combined experience as an English QC, a Nigerian SAN and a leading arbitrator with considerable experience of local and international commercial and investment arbitration, he is much sought after for heavy weight and complex disputes in Nigeria.
Prof. Oditah has lectured and written extensively on contracts, banking and finance, company law, commercial arbitration, public law, legal practice and insolvency. His book, Legal Aspects of Receivables Financing is still the only full length textbook on this complex subject.
Dr. Damilola S. Olawuyi, LL.M (Harvard), DPhil (Oxford)
Dr. Damilola Olawuyi is the Vice President of the Nigerian Branch of the ILA. He is qualified to practice law in Nigeria and Canada. He is the Executive Director of the Institute for Oil and Gas, Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development, Nigeria (OGEES Institute), Afe Babalola University, Nigeria.
Dr. Olawuyi obtained his doctoral degree in energy and environmental law from the University of Oxford, United Kingdom. He holds a Master of Laws degree (LL.M) from Harvard Law School, United States, 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), in Switzerland. He earned his Bachelor of Laws degree (LL.B) from Igbinedion University, Nigeria, graduating in First Class Honours and his BL degree from the Nigerian Law School, also graduating in First Class Honours.
Dr. Olawuyi’s areas of expertise cut across broad areas of public international law, specifically natural resources, energy and environment. He has published over two-dozen journal articles, and three books in these areas of law; and has provided expert advice and opinion on seabed mining, electric power plant projects, clean development mechanism projects, carbon emission reduction and credit trading projects, including carbon capture and sequestration, energy efficiency and agricultural offset projects in emerging markets, with focus on Africa.
Dr. Olawuyi is the Editor-in Chief of the Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy; an Associate Fellow of the Center for Sustainable Development Law, Montreal; and an Associate Fellow of the International Development Law Organization, Rome, Italy. He was most recently a University Research Fellow at the Consortium for Peace Studies, University of Calgary. He teaches international environmental law, oil and gas law and international human rights law as a Senior Lecturer at Afe Babalola University, Nigeria. Dr. Olawuyi also provides legal advice and services as a lawyer at the leading global law firm, Norton Rose Fulbright, Canada.
Ayodele Oni, LL.M (Calgary)
Mr. Ayodele Oni is the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Branch of the ILA. A Shell Scholar, and a hardworking and resourceful legal practitioner, Mr. Oni is a Senior Associate at Banwo and Ighodalo, Lagos where he is a key member of the energy, projects and the corporate/commercial practice groups. He has been involved in giving advice and legal opinions to companies, particularly those involved in energy, oil and gas. His particular areas of expertise include advising clients on upstream assets acquisition, international petroleum transactions, regulatory and other commercial issues related to investments in the Nigerian energy sector and restructuring.
Mr. Oni holds a LL.M in Energy Law from Canada's foremost energy law university; The University of Calgary, Alberta. In 2010, he was named as Nigeria’s Young Lawyer of the Year.
Director of Studies
Professor Olanrewaju Fagbohun, LL.B (Hons), LL.M, Ph.D, B.L
Prof. 'Lanre Fagbohun is the Director of Studies of ILA, Nigeria. In this capacity, he provides overall guidance and expert supervision to all scholarly reports and publications of the Branch.
Prof. Fagbohun is currently the Chike Idigbe Distinguished Research Professor at the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Lagos. Prior to joining the Institute he taught Environmental Law and Policy and International Environmental Law at the Undergraduate and Post-graduate levels in the Faculty of Law of the Lagos State University. His practice, research and writing has in the last 20 years focused on environmental litigation, indigenous rights and the law of in the last 20 years focused on environmental litigation, indigenous rights and the law of pollution control and environmental restoration. Professor Fagbohun was at different times a member of Senate of the Lagos State University; Head of Department of Business Law and later Department of Private and Property law; Co-ordinator, Law Centre, Lagos State University; Co-ordinator the Department of Environmental Law and Allied Disciplines of the Centre for Environment and Science Education of the Lagos State University; Project Facilitator and Resource Person to the British Council, Committee on Ecology and Environment of the National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, United Nations Development Programme, the National Judicial Council; Environmental Rights Action & Friends of the Environment, Nigeria.
For several years he was the Editor-in-Chief of the LASU Law Journal; Member, Journal of Nigerian Labour Law; and Chairman, Editorial Board of the Petroleum, National Resources and Environmental Law Journal. He is a member of the National Work-Group for the Streamlining of Environmental laws in Nigeria and Development of Environmental Law and Policy Curriculum for Nigerian Universities; Member, LASEPA Technical Advisory Committee on Environmental Management and Control (Downstream Oil and Gas Sector); Member, Expert Group for the development of Climate Change Policy and Legislation for the Federal Republic of Nigeria; and Director, Environmental Law Research Institute. He is a Fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminars.
Professor Fagbohun has published extensively in local and international journals in the area of environmental law, and co-edited several books among which is a 25 chapter book on “Environmental Law Policy”, and another 31 chapter book on “Development and Reforms; Nigeria’s Commercial Law”. His latest work is an over 630-page book titled, “The Law of Oil Pollution and Environmental Restoration: A Comparative Review”
Director of Finance
Mr. Oyeniyi Abe is a Lecturer at the College of Law, Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti. He currently teaches, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Law of Contract and Conflict of Laws. He is also the College Examinations officer and Coordinator of the Seminar Committee. He first received a B.A (Hons) in English Language from the University of Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria with a Second Class Upper Division in 2001. He later proceeded to the University of Benin, Nigeria where he obtained his LL.B (Hons), Second Class Upper Division in 2008. He was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2009 after graduating from the Nigerian Law School with a Second Class Upper Division. In 2010, he got a scholarship award from the Central European University, Budapest, Hungary to undertake a Master's degree program in International Business Law and this culminated in obtaining his LL.M degree in 2011. He immediately returned to his home country, Nigeria to commence lecturing at the Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti. Niyi lectured briefly at the College of Education, Benin, Nigeria before working as a Human Resource specialist at an Information Technology firm in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. He also practiced as an Attorney in the Law firms of Alpha-Juris and Royal Heritage, both in Lagos, Nigeria. He was very active in the firm's litigation and corporate transactional practice. His practice and academic interest include commercial transactions, conflict of laws and dispute resolution. He is a member of the International Bar Association and the Nigerian Bar Association.
Director of Administration
Mr. Johnson Agwu is the Director of Administration for the Nigerian Branch of the ILA. He practices law with the firm of ODITAH, at Lagos, Nigeria. He graduated from the University of Nigeria in 2010 and the Nigerian Law School in 2011, both with Second Class Upper Division. He has interest in Public International, Domestic and International Arbitration, Energy and Natural Resources, Compliance and Regulatory Practices, Commercial, Public and Human Rights Laws.
Mr. Agwu over sees the day to day running of the Branch and is responsible for programs and administrative matters.
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