Eloamaka Carol Okonkwo

PhD Researcher

Eloamaka Carol Okonkwo explores how the Nigerian pollution laws and their enforcements can be used as a tool of reducing environmental injustice that has arisen because of oil pollution in the Niger Delta. She explores how environmental justice evolves to address a variety of unfair environmental treatment and involvement in the world. Eloamaka investigates the linkages in international, Nigeria and comparative law. She has focused specifically on the links between environmental justice and:

  • oil and gas/natural resource development
  • substantive and procedural environmental rights
  • human rights of the Niger Deltans and local communities
  • environmental displacement

Eloamaka’s most recent activities include:

  • Publishing a book chapter in Jordi Jaria i Manzano and Nathalie Chalifour and Louis J. Kotzé, (eds) Energy, Governance and Sustainability (The IUCN Academy of Environmental Law series, May 2016);
  • An oral presentation on assessing the role of the courts in enhancing access to environmental justice in Nigeria at the 14th annual colloquium of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law University of Oslo, Norway, June 2016;
  • An oral presentation on the role of law in energy transition in Nigeria at the Oxford Workshop on regulating the energy transition: issues at the intersection of energy and environmental law at the University of Oxford, Oxford UK June-July, 2016;
  • An oral presentation on socio-economic impacts of environmental pollution and the challenges of securing justice for the environmentally displaced Niger Deltans at the 58th African Studies Association annual meeting, San Diego United States, 19-22 November 2015.

Prior to joining Strathclyde, Eloamaka obtained LL.B from University of Benin and B.L from the Nigerian Law School Abuja. She worked for a few years as a solicitor and advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in a wide range of professional capacities in both private and public sectors.