Chitzi joined SCELG in October 2018 as a PhD researcher. His research investigates the role of international law in promoting energy justice in relation to the deployment and regulation of renewable energy. It is widely acknowledged that renewable energy has the potential to combat climate change, whilst providing electricity, heating, and clean cooking fuel, to parts of the world without access. However, the rate of deployment of renewable energy across the world has been patchy, in addition to raising questions of justice and equity, all of which require significant regulatory intervention.
Chitzi’s recent activities include:
- Teaching on the Public Law course as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, including marking and grading students’ essay and examination scripts;
- Paper presentation at the Socio-Legal Studies Association conference in Leeds( 3rd – 5th April 2019);
- Paper presentation at the VII Strathclyde Postgraduate Colloquium on Environmental Law and Governance (1st – 2nd May 2019);
- Founding member of the the African Natural Resources and Energy Law Network (ANRELN): a group established by African law academics and PhD researchers that deploys collaborative legal research to advise governments, industry and other relevant stakeholders on how best to tackle legal problems created by energy access and resource governance issues on the African continent and elsewhere.
Prior to joining the Centre, Chitzi actively participated in a novel academic project that involved the faculties of Law of the University of Port Harcourt and the Rivers State University, which culminated in the publication of the African Journal of International Energy and Environmental Law (AJIEEL).
Chitzi holds an LLM in Oil and Gas Law from the University of Aberdeen, and is qualified to practice Law in Nigeria, having obtained an LLB from the Rivers State University and a BL from the Nigerian Law School. He is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, and the Socio-Legal Studies Association.
Chitzi also writes poetry and literary criticism, and has passion for the literary works of Charles Dickens, Wole Soyinka, and Oscar Wilde.