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About Dr Eghosa Ekhator

Eghosa’s main area of interest is environmental rights/justice issues in developing countries (including Nigeria and the African Union).

He has expertise in the following areas:

  • Environmental Justice,
  • African Union Law,
  • Sustainable Development,
  • Private International Law in Africa
  • and International Investment Law Issues in Africa amongst others.

Furthermore, Dr Eghosa has published articles in diverse areas of law including International Commercial Law, Admiralty Law, International Business Law, Human Rights (especially Women’s Rights), Environmental Management, Energy and Natural Resources and African Union Law amongst others.

Dr Eghosa joined the Law School in January 2017 from University of Hull where he had taught on numerous undergraduate and postgraduate modules. His primary teaching responsibilities at Chester are the English Legal System and Methods at Level 4, Public Law at Level 4, Contract Law at Level 4, Conflict of Laws at Level 7 and Environmental Justice at Level 7. He also contributes to the teaching of Developing and Managing Research module at level 7.

Dr Eghosa’s main research areas lies in environmental justice in developing countries and regulation of multinational corporations. He has published in reputable/peer reviewed journals including the Journal of African Law, African Journal of International & Comparative Law, Environmental Law Review, Commonwealth Law Bulletin, Annual Survey of International and Comparative Law and International Energy Law Review amongst others.

He has presented academic papers at conferences in the UK, USA, South Africa, Nigeria, Germany and Portugal. Some of these include Society of Legal Scholars and Socio-Legal Studies Association annual conferences.

Teaching

  • Contract Law (Level 4)
  • English Legal System and Method (Level 4)
  • Public Law (Level 4)
  • Conflict of Laws (Level 7)
  • Environmental Justice (Level 7)
  • Developing and Managing Research (Level 7)

Research

His present research focuses on:

  • Sustainable Development under the African Union and European Union frameworks
  • The African Union Environmental Governance framework
  • International Investment Law in Africa.
  • African Union Law
  • Fracking and Environmental Justice Implications in the United Kingdom

Supervision proposals

He would welcome enquiries from those wishing to read for a PhD degree in any of the areas where he has research interests. These include environmental justice, regulation of multinational corporations, African union law, women’s rights in developing countries and private international law in Africa amongst others.

Published Work

Selected Conference Papers

  •  ‘Improving Access to Environmental Justice under the African Charter: The Roles of NGOs in Nigeria' at the International Conference of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights at the University of South Africa, Pretoria 5-7 November, 2012
  • ‘Sexual Violence Laws and Women in Nigeria: A Reappraisal’ at the Gender, Sex and Power: Interdisciplinary Dialogues, University of Hull Postgraduate Conference Wednesday November 21st 2012 at the Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation (WISE), Hull.
  • ‘The Impact of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights on Domestic Law: A Case Study of Nigeria. A paper presented at the Kings College London Seventh International Graduate Legal Research Conference Forum, 8-9 April 2013, London.
  • ‘Women and the law in Nigeria: A Re-appraisal’. A Paper presented at the 22nd Annual Africa/Diaspora Conference “African/Diaspora Health and Human Security” at the California State University, Sacramento 25-27 April 2013.
  • ‘Corporate social responsibility and Chinese oil multinationals in the oil and gas industry of Nigeria: a reappraisal’ at the fifth European Conference on African Studies (ECAS 2013) at ISCTE-IUL, Lisbon, Portugal, from 27 to 29 June 2013.
  • “The role of the ECOWAS Court of Justice (ECCJ) in promoting human security in the West African sub-region” presented at the conference on Human Security @20: Past Experiences and Future Prospects, at Oxford Brookes University, June 25-27, 2014.
  • ‘Compulsory acquisition of private lands in Nigeria: The roles of NGOs in reducing the negative impacts on affected communities’, a paper presented at the 11th International Conference of the International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR) Muenster, Germany from July 22-25, 2014.
  • ‘Oil-producing Communities and the Petroleum Industry Bill in Nigeria: A Case for Energy Justice’ a paper presented in the Environmental Law section of the Society of Legal Scholars Conference in Nottingham from 9-12 September 2014.
  • Eghosa. O. Ekhator and Rhuks, T. Ako ‘The Roles of the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights in the Regulation of Multinational Corporations in Nigeria’ a paper presented at the C(I)RC – Corporate (Ir-)Responsibility and its Consequences in a Globalized World Corporate irresponsibility and possible regulatory mechanisms International Workshop held February 20-21, 2015 at Ruhr University of Bochum, Germany.
  • ‘Regulating Oil Multinational Corporations in Nigeria: A Case for the African Union? A paper presented at the SLSA Annual Conference held March 31-April 2, 2015 at the University of Warwick, UK.
  • ‘The SERAP Judgement and implications for the Environmental Justice Paradigm and regulation of Multinational Corporations in Nigeria.’ A paper presented at the SLSA Annual Conference held 5-7 April 2016 at the University of Lancaster, UK.
  • ‘International Environmental Law and the North-South Perspective: Any role for the African Union?’ A paper presented at the SLSA Annual Conference held 5-7 April 2016 at the University of Lancaster, UK.
  • ‘Civil Society Organisations as Behaviour Modification Agents in the Oil and Gas Sector in Nigeria: A Legal Assessment’ A paper presented at the SLSA Annual Conference held 5-7 April 2017 at the University of Newcastle, UK.
  • ‘Protection and Promotion of Women’s Rights in Nigeria: Constraints and Prospects’ A Public lecture delivered at the Forum for Equality and Diversity Forum, University of Chester Law School on May 16, 2017.
  • 'International Environmental Governance: A Case for Sub-Regional Judiciaries in Africa' at the African Union Law Research Network Workshop (funded by the Arts and Humanities Council) June 30, 2017 at the University of Sussex, United Kingdom.
  • ‘Sustainable Development and the African Union: An Appraisal' at the African Union Law Research Network Workshop (funded by the Arts and Humanities Council) December 8, 2017 at the London School of Economics.

Selected Publications (Peer reviewed)

Book Contributions

  • Eghosa. O. Ekhator and Linim Anyiwe ‘The Case for and against ‘Universal’ versus ‘Regional’ Protection of Human Rights:  An Appraisal’ in Omonuwa, O.A. and Omoruyi, I.O. (eds.) On Judicial Integrity: Legal Essays and Materials in Honour of His Lordship, The Honourable Justice S.O. Uwaifo (2014).
  • Eghosa O. Ekhator and Kenneth Ajibo ‘Legal and Theoretical Assessment of the Right to Food in Nigeria’ in Rhuks Ako & Damilola Olawuyi (eds.) Sustainable Farming, Agriculture and the Law in Nigeria (2015) 122-139.
  • Ako, Rhuks, Ngozi Stewart, and Eghosa O. Ekhator. "Overcoming the (Non) justiciable Conundrum: The Doctrine of Harmonious Construction and the Interpretation of the Right to a Healthy Environment in Nigeria." Justiciability of Human Rights Law in Domestic Jurisdictions Springer International Publishing (2016)123-141.

Articles

  • ‘Environmental Protection in the oil and gas industry in Nigeria: the roles of governmental agencies’ (2013) 5 International Energy Law Review 196-203.
  • Anyiwe, L and Eghosa O Ekhator ‘Developing Countries and the WTO Dispute Settlement System: A Legal Assessment and Review’ (2013) 2(1) Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy121-138.
  • ‘Improving Access to Environmental Justice under the African Charter: The Roles of NGOs in Nigeria' (2014) 22(1) African Journal of International and Comparative Law 63-79
  •  ‘Corporate Social Responsibility and Chinese Oil Multinationals in the Oil and Gas Industry of Nigeria: An appraisal’ (2014) 28 Cadernos de Estudos Africanos 119 -140
  •  ‘The Roles of Civil Society Organisations in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative in Nigeria.’ 16 (2) (2014) International Journal of Not-for-Profit Law 47-52.
  • ‘Women and the Law in Nigeria: A Reappraisal' (2015) Journal of International Women's Studies 16 (2) 285-296
  • Onyeka K. Anaebo and Eghosa O. Ekhator ‘Realising Substantive Rights to the Environment in Nigeria: A Case for Constitutionalisation’ (2015) 17(2) Environmental Law Review 82-99.
  • Eghosa O Ekhator ‘Regulating the Activities of Oil Multinationals in Nigeria: A Case for Self-Regulation? (2016) 60 (1) Journal of African Law 1-28
  • Eghosa O. Ekhator and Linim Anyiwe ‘Foreign Direct Investment and the Law in Nigeria: A Legal Assessment’ (2016) 58 (1) International Journal of Law and Management 126 – 146.
  • Rhuks Ako and Eghosa O. Ekhator ‘The Civil Society and the Regulation of the Extractive Industry in Nigeria’ (2016) 7 (1) Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy (Special Issue on Extractive Industry) 183-203.
  • ‘Environmental Protection and the International Salvage Convention 1989: An Assessment’ (2016) 10 (1) Mizan Law Review 73-99
  • ‘Public Regulation of the Oil and Gas Industry in Nigeria: An Evaluation’ (2016) 21 Annual Survey of International and Comparative Law 43-93.
  • ‘Regulating the activities of Multinational Corporations in Nigeria: A Case for the African Union’. Forthcoming in International Community Law Review 2018

Qualifications

  • PhD (Law) University of Hull
  • LL.M (International Business Law) University of Hull
  • B.L. (Nigeria) Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria
  • LL. B (Hons.) University of Benin, Nigeria.

Professional Membership

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Member Society of Legal Scholars.
  • Member International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR)
  • Member Nigerian Bar Association
  • Member Socio-Legal Studies Association