Godswill Agbaitoro

Graduate Teaching Assistant
School of Law
Postgraduate Research Student
School of Law
 Godswill Agbaitoro



Godswill Agbaitoro is a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Essex School of Law and was a Visiting Research Scholar at the University of Houston Law Center (UHLC), Texas, USA. His research works are in the areas of international energy law and policy, environmental law, and international arbitration in the energy sector. Godswill's doctoral research explores the extent to which the principles derived from the energy justice framework can be deployed as a strategic tool for addressing some aspects of the energy problems in global south countries, including the articulation of providing just energy systems for all. His prior work experience includes practicing as a lawyer in the field of energy following his qualification as a Barrister and Solicitor in Nigeria in 2012, working as a research assistant to the Attorney-General & Commissioner for Justice, Edo State, Nigeria, and serving as a peer reviewer for the Journal of African Law (Cambridge University Press), Commonwealth Law Bulletin (Routledge) and, Essex Student Journal. Godswill received a Master of Laws (LLM), Oil and Gas Law, 2014, University of Aberdeen, UK, and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB), 2010, Madonna University, Nigeria. He is presently a member of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Society of Legal Scholars (SLS), and an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. TEACHING: Contract Law (UEIC) Foundations of Public Law (LW103) PUBLICATIONS: Journal Articles and Blogs G. Agbaitoro, Delivering Energy and Climate Justice in Africa: Implications for Realizing the United Nations SDGs 7 and 13 (African Legal Studies Blog, 27 March 2021 and Essex Law Research Blog) Faturoti, B., Agbaitoro, G., and Onya, O., (2019) Environmental Protection in the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry and Jonah Gbemre v Shell PDC Nigeria Limited: Let the Plunder Continue? 27 (2) African Journal of International and Comparative Law 225-245 Agbaitoro, G., (2018) Legal Strategy for Resolving the Socio-economic and Environmental Symptoms of the Resource Curse in Nigeria: the Role of Impact and Benefit Agreements (IBAs) 44 (3) Commonwealth Law Bulletin 381-399, DOI: 10.1080/03050718.2019.1651209 To link this article: Routledge. Agbaitoro, G., (2018) Enforcing Constitutional Environmental Rights in Court: A Comparative Analysis of Nigeria and India 3 (1) Miyetti Quarterly Law Review 119-150 Agbaitoro, G., (2017) Is Having a Robust Energy Mix a Panacea for Resolving the Energy Crisis in Nigeria? 7 (4) Renewable Energy Law and Policy Review 7-16 Agbaitoro, G. and Kejeh, N., (2017) Moving Towards Robust Governance Regime for the Decommissioning of Offshore Energy Installations in the Nigerian Petroleum Industry 2 (3) Miyetti Quarterly Law Review 99-127 Agbaitoro, G., Amakoromo, M., and Wifa, E., (2017) Enforcement Challenges in the Protection of the Environment from Upstream Petroleum Operations in Nigeria: The Need for Judicial and Regulatory Independence 3 International Energy Law Review 85-93 Agbaitoro, G., and Ojong-Okongor, E., (2017) Resolving the Implications of Maritime Boundary and Delimitation Disputes on Oil and Gas Industry Growth and Development in the West African sub-Region: The Way Forward OGEL 1, Amakoromo, M. and Agbaitoro, G., (2016) Reforming the Regulatory Framework for Offshore Health and Safety in the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry: Lessons from the United Kingdom OGEL 4, BOOK CHAPTERS Ekhator, E. and Agbaitoro, G., Energy Law and Policy in Nigeria with Reflection on the International Energy Charter and Domestication of the African Charter in Romola Adeola and Ademola Oluborode Jegede (eds), Governance in Nigeria post-1999: Revisiting the Democratic 'new dawn' of the Fourth Republic (Pretoria University Law Press 2019) To link the chapter SELECTED PAPERS PRESENTED IN SEMINARS/CONFERENCES: Eghosa Ekhator and Godswill Agbaitoro, Energy Law and Policy in Nigeria: Any role for the International Energy Charter? Presented at the Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference (Central Lancashire University) on 3- 6 September 2019 Reflecting on the Conflict Between the Development of Energy Access Projects and Human Rights Risks/Violations in Africa: A Focused look at Striking a Balance (Paper presented at the PHD Colloquium organised by the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. June 2019) Resolving Nigeria's Energy Crisis through the Energy Justice Framework: An Integrated Approach (Paper presented at the PGR Conference organised by Essex University Law School, United Kingdom. May 2019) Renewable Energy Resources Development: A Panacea for Resolving the Energy Crisis in Nigeria (Paper presented at the Conference on Renewable Energy Development in Africa, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. March 2018) GRANTS AND FUNDING 2018 Recipient of the University of Essex Doctoral Scholarship


  • LLM Oil and Gas Law University of Aberdeen, UK (2014)

  • B L Nigerian Law School (2012)

  • LLB Madonna University, Nigeria (2010)

Research and professional activities


WORKING TITLE: An Integrated Approach to Nigeria's Energy Crisis: The Energy Justice Compass

SUMMARY: My research explores the extent to which the principles derived from the energy justice framework can be deployed to address some aspects of the energy problems in global south countries, including the articulation of providing just energy systems for all.

Supervisor: Dr Thoko Kaime , and Professor Karen Hulme

Research interests

• International Energy Law • International Environmental Law • International Arbitration in the Energy Sector • Oil and Gas Law



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