Supervisor: Dr. Andrew Shacknove
Start date: September 2009
Areas of Research: International Environmental Law, Human Rights Law, Energy and Natural Resources Law
DPhil topic and short description: The Human Rights Based Approach to Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
This thesis explores the cross cutting linkages between global climate change and international human rights. It examines how climate change mitigation and adaptation projects, particularly clean development mechanisms (CDM) projects could potentially affect the enjoyment of fundamental human rights. It analyses how extant international climate change regimes may be reformed to mainstream human rights protection into climate change project approval and execution. It discusses the legal and theoretical prospects and paradoxes of adopting the United Nations Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA) as a framework through which human rights standards may be mainstreamed into climate change regulations.
Damilola is from Nigeria; he is a member of Keble College and a Clarendon Scholar. He holds a Master of Laws degree from Harvard Law School and another Master of Laws degree from the University of Calgary, Canada. He obtained his LL.B degree from Igbinedion University, Nigeria graduating in First Class Honours; and a BL from the Nigerian Law School, graduating in another First Class Honours. He also holds a Diploma in International Environmental Law from the United Nations Institute for Research and Training (UNITAR), Geneva, Switzerland.