Godswill Agbaitoro

School of Law
Assistant Lecturer
School of Law
Postgraduate Research Student
School of Law
 Godswill Agbaitoro



Godswill is a Lecturer in Essex Law School and currently completing his PhD. He was a Visiting Research Scholar in 2019 at the University of Houston Law Center (UHLC), Texas, United States. Godswill's PhD research explores the extent to which the principles embedded in the energy justice framework can be deployed as a strategic tool for addressing some aspects of Nigeria's energy problems, including the articulation of providing just energy systems for all. Godswill's prior work experience includes practicing as a lawyer 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), and Commonwealth Law Bulletin (Routledge). 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) and Society of Legal Scholars (SLS).


  • AFHEA Higher Education Academy,

  • LLM University of Aberdeen,

  • LLB Madonna University,


University of Essex

  • Lecturer in Law, University of Essex (1/9/2021 - present)

Other academic

  • Sessional Law Tutor, University of Essex International College (2/9/2019 - 16/8/2021)

  • Assistant Lecturer, Law, University of Essex (28/1/2019 - 30/4/2020)

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Contract Law (LW101)

  • Foundations of Public Law (LW103)

  • Final Year Research Project (LW304)

  • Corporate Responsibility and Business Law (LW941)


Journal articles (8)

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?. African Journal of International and Comparative Law. 27 (2), 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). Commonwealth Law Bulletin. 44 (3), 381-399

Agbaitoro, G., (2018). Enforcing Constitutional Environmental Rights in Court: A Comparative Analysis of Nigeria and India. Miyetti Quarterly Law Review. 3 (1), 119-150

Agbaitoro, G., (2017). Is Having a Robust Energy Mix a Panacea for Resolving the Energy Crisis in Nigeria?. Renewable Energy Law and Policy Review. 7 (4)

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. Oil, Gas and Energy Law (1)

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. International Energy Law Review (3), 85-93

Agbaitoro, G. and Kejeh, N., (2017). Moving Towards Robust Governance Regime for the Decommissioning of Offshore Energy Installations in the Nigerian Petroleum Industry. Miyetti Quarterly Law Review. 2 (3), 99-127

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. Oil, Gas and Energy Law (4)

Book chapters (2)

Agbaitoro, G., (2019). Renewable Energy Development: A Panacea for Resolving the Energy Crisis in Nigeria. In: Beyond Fossil Fuels: Renewable Energy Law and Policy. Editors: Atsegbua, L. and Daudu, S., . Fifers Lane Publishers. 978-978-57146-0-9

Ekhator, E. and Agbaitoro, G., (2019). Energy Law and Policy in Nigeria with Reflection on the International Energy Charter and Domestication of the African Charter. In: Governance in Nigeria post-1999: Revisiting the democratic ‘new dawn’ of the Fourth Republic. Editors: Adeola, R. and Jegede, AO., . Pretoria University Law Press

Other (1)

Agbaitoro, G., (2021).Delivering Energy and Climate Justice in Africa: Implications for Realizing the United Nations SDGs 7 and 13,Essex Law Research Blog

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