Academic Staff Directory

Dr. Theodore Okonkwo

 

 CURRICULUM VITAE A. PERSONAL DATA

SURNAME: OKONKWO

 

OTHER NAMES: REUBEN THEODORE C.

 

SEX: MALE

 

DATE OF BIRTH: 16TH AUGUST, 1962

 

PLACE OF BIRTH: NISE, ANAMBRA STATE

 

L.G.A.: IDEMILI NORTH

 

STATE OF ORIGIN: ANAMBRA

 

NATIONALITY: NIGERIA

 

MARITAL STATUS: MARRIED

 

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

 

 I. HIGHER INSTITUTIONS

Ø EBONYI STATE UNIVERSITY, ABAKALIKI (EBSU),

 

2009-2012, DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY, Ph.D ENVIRONMENTAL LAW.

Ø LAGOS STATE UNIVERSITY, OJO, LAGOS,

 

2006-2008, MASTER OF LAWS, LL.M ADMINISTRATIVE LAW AND POLICY.

Ø NIGERIAN LAW SCHOOL, VICTORIA ISLAND, LAGOS,

 

1986-1987, BARRISTER-AT-LAW, BL.

Ø UNIVERSITY OF NIGERIA, ENUGU CAMPUS,

 

1982-1986, BACHELOR OF LAWS, LL.B.

 

II. SECONDARY EDUCATION

Ø GENERAL CERTIFICATE IN EDUCATION, 1979.

Ø WEST AFRICAN SCHOOL CERTIFICATE (GRADE ONE) I980.

Ø ORAUKWU GRAMMAR SCHOOL, ORAUKWU, IDEMILI NORTH L.G.A., ANAMBRA STATE, 1976-1980.

 

III. PRIMARY EDUCATION

Ø IGWEDUMMA PRIMARY SCHOOL, AMAWBIA, AWKA SOUTH L.G.A., ANAMBRA STATE, 1970-1976, FIRST SCHOOL LEAVING CERTIFICATE, 1976.

 

C. PROFESSIONAL BODIES

Ø 1987-DATE- MEMBER, NIGERIAN BAR ASSOCIATION.

Ø 1987-DATE- MEMBER, INTERNATIONAL BAR ASSOCIATION.

Ø 2014-DATE- MEMBER, NIGERIAN ASSOCIATION OF LAW TEACHERS.

 

D. WORKING EXPERIENCES/ POSITIONS HELD

Ø AUXILLARY TEACHER

 

ARMY DAY SECONDARY SCHOOL, ONITSHA, 1980-1982.

Ø COUNSEL IN CHAMBERS

 

BAKO ABDULLAHI& COMPANY, BANK ROAD, BAUCHI, BAUCHI STATE, 1987-1988.

Ø COUNSEL IN CHAMBERS

 

DIXY ODIRI AND COMPANY, 13TH FLOOR, WESTERN HOUSE, LAGOS, 1988-1989.

Ø PRINCIPAL PARTNER

 

REUBEN THEODORE OKONKWO AND COMPANY, LEGAL PRACTITIONERS, 12 BARR. THEODORE OKONKWO STREET, AJAO ESTATE, LAGOS, 1989-DATE.

Ø SENIOR LECTURER

 

FACULTY OF LAW, ENUGU STATE UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (ESUT),2004-2005.

Ø SENIOR LECTURER AND ACTING HEAD OF DEPARTMENT, DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC LAW, FACULTY OF LAW UNIVERSITY OF PORT HARCOURT

 

(Date Assumed Duty: July 1, 2015)

• Member, Senate of the University of Port Harcourt (2015-date).

• General Editor and Member Editorial Board, Uniport Journal of Public Law (2015-date).

• Head, Faculty of Law Quality Control and Quality Assurance (2016-date).

• Head, Faculty of Law Accreditation Committee (2016).

• Managing Editor, Uniport Law Review (2016-date).

• Member of The University of Port Harcourt Senate Committee on Academic Policies and Programmes (November 2017-date).

 

Ø NATIONAL YOUTH SERVICE

 

1987-1988.

 

E. CLUBS/ SOCIETIES

Abakaliki Club 2007 to date • Alpha Circle, Lagos 1989 to 1994 • Uniport Senior Staff Club 2014 to date • Sierra Club, U.S.A. 2014 to date • Otu Oka Iwu, Lagos, Nigeria 1988 to date • Oraukwu Lawyers Forum 1993 to date • Oraukwu Community in Lagos 1988 to date • Ezennaja Community in Lagos 1988 to date

• Orakanma Age Grade, Ezennaja Village, 1993- date. Oraukwu, Anambra State, Nigeria.

F. ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECTS • Founder and President of Afrique Environmental Development and Education (AEDE). • Consultant to Local, State and Federal Governments in the area of Environment and has made several Television Appearances.

G. EDITORIAL APPOINTMENTS

• Editor-in-Chief, Environmental and Planning Law Review (EPLR) Journal (2004- date).

• General Editor and Member Editorial Board, Uniport Journal of Public Law (2015- date).

• Managing Editor, Uniport Law Review (2016-date).

• Member Editorial Board, International Peer Reviewed Journals (IPRJB) Kenya, (2016-date).

• Member, European Centre for Research Training and Development UK (United Kingdom) Certificate No. 7149. (01/ 11/ 2017- date).

 

H. AWARDS/ PRIZES

• 2012 Award of Honour For Infrastructural Development of Ezennaja Community and Oraukwu in General.

• Merit Award (2012) by Community Secondary School, Oraukwu, in Recognition of Selfless Contribution Towards the Development of the School/ Community.

• Pillar of Education Award (2013) by the 9th Oraukwu Congress, Idemili North L.G.A., Anambra State, Nigeria.

• Orient Newsweek Publications Award 2013 as Light of Orient Youths.

• 2013 Gold Award by Ezennaja Village Meeting, Oraukwu (Lagos Branch).

• Anambra State Business Man of the Year Award (2014) by Ministry of Youths and Sports, Anambra State Youth Parliament.

• Global Dynamic Ladies (NGO) Award (2014) as a Friend of the Organisation.

• 2015 Diamond Award by Ezennaja Village Meeting Oraukwu, (Lagos Branch) for Benevolence and Support.

 

I. CONFERENCES, SEMINARS, WORKSHOPS ATTENDED AND PAPERS PRESENTED

I. PAPERS PRESENTED

 

1. Okonkwo T. The Constitution and the Environment, Discussion

 

Paper, Lagos State University (1996/97).

2. Okonkwo T. Environmental Offences Under the Nigerian Law,

 

Paper Delivered at Workshop on Environment, held at Ikenga Hotels, Awka (1998).

3. Okonkwo T. Locus Standi in Environmental Law, Paper

 

Delivered at Workshop on Environment, Bauchi and Ibadan (1999).

4. Okonkwo T. Liability Under the Federal Environmental

 

Protection Agency Act and the Harmful Waste (Special Criminal Provisions etc)Act, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 1990, Paper delivered at the Workshop on Environment held at Kano and Port Harcourt (1999).

5. Okonkwo T. The Place of Judicial Review in Environmental Law,

 

Paper Delivered at Workshop on Environment, held at Asaba (2000).

6. Okonkwo T. Implications of the Supreme Court Judgement in

 

Attorney-General of the Federation Attorney v. General of Abia State and 35 others for Environmental Law and Policy, (2002).

7. Okonkwo T. The Environmental Impact Assessment Act 1992 and

 

its Application to Proposed Projects: Problems and Constraints. (2003).

8. Okonkwo T. Combating Environmental Degradation in the Niger

 

Delta Region of Nigeria through Justice and Judicial Activism and the Options Open to A Responsive Governance, paper presented at the Crusade for Justice, 14th Anniversary Lecture, 2016, Sheraton Hotels & Towers, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria.

 

ATTENDED

• Annual Nigerian Bar Association Conferences: 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992,1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999,2001, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011,2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017.

• Workshop on Environment, Lagos State University, Ojo (1996/1997)

• Workshop on Environment, Ikenga Hotel, Awka, Anambra State (1998)

• Workshop on Environment, Ibadan, Port Harcourt, Kano, Bauchi (1999)

• Workshop on Environment, Asaba, Delta State (2000)

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• Workshop on Environment, Abagana, Njikoka L.G.A. Headquarters and Nnewi, Anambra State (2000)

• Workshop on Environment, Eagle Royal Hotels, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State

• (2001)

• Nigerian Bar Association, Ikeja Branch Workshop (2013)

• Nigerian Bar Association Conference, Calabar (2013)

• International Bar Association Conference, Boston, U.S.A. (2013)

• Nigerian Bar Association Conference, Owerri (2014)

• Nigerian Bar Association Conference, Abuja (2015)

• Crusade for Justice 14th Anniversary Lecture, Sheraton Hotels and Towers, Ikeja, Lagos (2016)

• Nigerian Bar Association Conference, Lagos (2017)

• Nigerian Association of Law Teachers Conference, Awka, Anambra State (2017)

 

J. RESEARCH FOCUS • Environmental Law (*36 Journal Articles in this area).

K. THESIS AND DISSERTATION

 

1. Okonkwo T. Biodiversity. LL.M Dissertation, Post Graduate School, Faculty of Law, Lagos State University, 1998. (Ojo, Lagos, Nigeria).

 

2. Okonkwo T. An Appraisal of the International Legal Regime for the

Protection of Endangered Species: Challenges of Implementation in Developing Countries. Ph.D Thesis, Faculty of Law, Ebonyi State University, 2012. (Abakaliki, Nigeria).7

 

L. PUBLICATIONS

 

I. BOOKS

1. Okonkwo T. The Law of Environmental Liability 2014; (3rd

 

Edition) Volumes 1 and 2: Afrique Environmental Development and Education (AEDE). (Lagos, Nigeria). Pp. 1,506.

2. Okonkwo T. Environmental Law: Multi- Disciplinary Approach

 

2014; Afrique Environmental Development and Education (AEDE) (Lagos, Nigeria).Pp.1,028.

3. Okonkwo T. International Protection of the Environment: Law and

 

Practice 2014; Afrique Environmental Development and Education (AEDE). (Lagos, Nigeria). Pp. 612.

4. Okonkwo T. International Wildlife Protection Law 2018;

 

LAP Lambert Academic Publishing. (Latvia, Germany) Pp. 668. ISBN-13: 978-613-5-80312-9; ISBN-10: 6135803123; EAN: 9786135803129.

II. PUBLICATIONS IN PEER- REVIEWED JOURNALS

 

JOURNAL ARTICLES: NIGERIA

1. Okonkwo T. *Environmental Constitutionalism in Nigeria:

 

Are We There Yet? The Nigerian Juridical Review 2015; 13: 175- 216 (Enugu, Nigeria).

2. Okonkwo T. *Wetland Stewardship: Is the Legal Framework for

 

Protecting and Maintaining Wetlands in Nigeria Within the Sustainable Agenda? Imo State University Journal of Public Law 2015; 1 (2): 30-51. (Owerri, Nigeria).

3. Okonkwo T. Collusive Action: Rights of Parties to the Suit.

 

Uniport Journal of Public Law 2016; 1 (1): 1- 26. (Port Harcourt, Nigeria).

4. Okonkwo T. *The Pontiff’s Encyclical on Climate Change: The

 

Reality. Niger Delta University Law Journal 2016; 1(1): 145-154. (Yenagoa, Nigeria).8

 

5. Okonkwo T. Responsibility for Product Liability in Nigeria. Unizik

 

and Okaphor F. Law Journal 2016; 12: 189- 211. (Awka, Nigeria).

6. Okonkwo T. *Challenges in Determining the Justiciability of

 

Section 20 of the Constitution of The Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS) Journal of Environmental Law 2016: 4:1-36.

7. Okonkwo T. *Coping with the Ecological Challenges of Boko

 

Haram Insurgency in Nigeria: The Leviathan. EBSU Journal of International Law and Juridical Review 2016; 4 (2): 57-71. (Abakaliki, Nigeria).

8. Okonkwo T. *Controlling Transboundary Dumping of Hazardous

 

Wastes. University of Uyo Law Journal 2016; 9: 51-74. (Uyo, Nigeria).

9. Okonkwo T. Product Liability of Tobacco Manufacturers: The Role

 

of Litigation. Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria Journal of Private and Comparative Law 2016; 9 (2): 464- 495. (Zaria, Nigeria).

10. Okonkwo T. An Overview of Champerty, Maintenance and Third

 

Party Funding of Litigation. The Calabar Law Journal 2016; 17: 72- 98 (Calabar, Nigeria).

11. Okonkwo T. *Legislating the Dumping of Toxic and Hazardous

 

Wastes into the Nigerian Environment. Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria Journal of Private and Comparative Law 2017; 10 (2): 189- 220. (Zaria, Nigeria).

12. Okonkwo T. *Responsibilities and Rights of Employers and

 

Workers Under the Occupational Safety and Health Legislations in Nigeria. Abia State University Law Journal 2017; 15: 160- 189. (Uturu, Nigeria).

13. Okonkwo T. *Application of Environmental Impact Assessment

 

Requirement to Proposed Projects: Case Law. Port Harcourt Journal of Business Law 2017; 3(1): 196- 205.9

 

14. Okonkwo T. *The Question of Locus Standi in Environmental

 

Litigation: Comparative Examination of Judicial Decisions. Port -Harcourt Law Journal 2017; 6 (1): 338-356. (Port Harcourt, Nigeria).

15. Ihua-Maduenyi A. B . Reforming the Ombudsman in Nigeria. Uniport

 

and Okonkwo T Journal of Public Law 2017;.2: 441- 456. (Port Harcourt, Nigeria).

16. Okonkwo T. *Rethinking the NESREA Act: A Lame Statute?

 

NSUK Law Commentaries 2017; 2(1): 136-168. (Nassarawa State University, Nigeria).

17. Okonkwo T. *Examining Africa’s Deforestation Problems and its

 

Damaging Environmental Effects. Usman Danfodiyo University Sokoto Journal of Private and Business Law 2017; 2 (1): 127- 150. (Sokoto, Nigeria).

18. Okonkwo T. *Remedies for Environmental Damage Under the

 

National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) (Establishment) Act 2007 and the Harmful Waste (Special Criminal Provisions, Etc.) Act (1988), Cap. H1. L.F.N 2004. Nnamdi Azikiwe University Journal of International Law and Jurisprudence 2018: 9(1): 127-137. (Awka, Nigeria). JOURNAL ARTICLES: FOREIGN

19. Okonkwo T. *Carbon Credit Development: Is Nigeria Ready for

 

International Trading? International Journal For Innovative Research and Development 2015; 4(13): 320- 331. ISSN 2278- 0211 (Online: www. Ijird.com). (India).

20. Okonkwo T. *Chasing the Poachers: Protecting Nigeria’s Wildlife

 

Endangered Species from Extinction. The International Journal of Science and Technology 2015; 3 (12): 72-85. ISSN 2321- 919X (Online: www.theiist.com). (India).10

 

21. Okonkwo T. *Revisiting the Juridical Protection of Environmental

 

and Kingston K.G. Rights: Brief Lessons From Nigeria, Bolivia and Ecuador. Sacha Journal of Environmental Studies 2015; 5:86- 96. (London, United Kingdom).

22. Okonkwo T. *Sustainable Development and Protection of

 

Endangered Species Fauna and Flora in the Wild in Developing Countries. International Journal of Development and Sustainability (IJDS) 2015; 4(11): 1086-1115. (Japan).

23. Okonkwo T. *Managing the Ocean Commons Beyond National

 

Jurisdiction. China Oceans Law Review 2016; 24(2): 37-55 (Chinese) 56-82 (English). (China).

24. Okonkwo T. *Rescuing the Oceans Around Africa from

 

Environmental Ruination Caused by Plastic Pollution: An Appraisal of the Legal Regime. British Journal of Advance Academic Research 2016;5(1): 105-119. (London, United Kingdom).

25. Okonkwo T. *A Glimpse into International Regimes Governing the

 

Use of Transboundary Freshwater Resources. Journal of Law, Policy and Globalization 2016; 52: 10-24. (New York, United States).

26. Okonkwo T. An Assessment of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples of

 

and Kingston K.G. Biafra to Self- Determination Under International Law. Sacha Journal of Human Rights 2016; 6(1): 108-120. (London, United Kingdom).

27. Elvis- Imo I.G. Revisiting the Question of Double- Deck Marriage in

 

and Okonkwo T. Nigeria. African Journal of Law and Criminology 2016;6(1): 136-151. (London, United Kingdom).

28. Okonkwo T. *Reshaping the Global Climate Change Regime

 

Through the Paris Agreement. Christ University Law Journal 2017; 6(2): 1-31. (Bengaluru, India.)

29. Okonkwo T. *Maritime Boundaries Delimitation and Dispute

 

Resolution In Africa. Beijing Law Review 2017; 8(1): 55-78. (Beijing, China).11

 

30. Okonkwo T. *“Oil Injustice” in Nigeria’s Niger Delta Region: A

 

Call for Responsive Governance. Journal of Environmental Protection 2017; 8(1): 42-60. (United States of America).

31. Okonkwo T. *Establishing Liability for Environmental Damage: \

 

Toxic Micro- Pollutants and the Risk they Pose to Human Health. International Journal of Law and Policy 2017; 1(1); 1- 20. (Kenya).

32. Okonkwo T. *Environmental Constitutionalism in the United States

 

and Nigeria: Recognising Environmental Rights. International Journal of Social Science Studies 2017; 5(7): 66-78. (United States of America).

33. Okonkwo T. *The Paris Climate Change Agreement: Where Does

 

Africa Fit In? Sustainability in Environment 2017; 2(2): 192-209. (United States of America).

34. Okonkwo T. *Adjudicating International Environmental Law

 

Litigation: Recent Development of Case Law. Beijing Law Review 2017; 8 (3): 239-251. (Beijing, China).

35. Okonkwo T. *How International Law Can Deal with Lack of

 

Sanctions and Binding Targets in The Paris Agreement. Journal of Sustainable Development 2017; 10(5): 225-233. (Toronto, Canada).

36. Okonkwo T. and The ‘Igiobe’ (Principal House) Customary Rule of

 

Elvis- Imo G Inheritance: Whither The Testamentary Power of a Bini Man. International Journal of Law and Policy 2017; 1(2): 49-59. (Kenya).

37. Okonkwo T. *From the Copenhagen Accord to the Paris

 

Agreement: Reaching Concord on a Single Document. Korea University Law Review Fall 2017; 21: 21-40. (Korea).

38. Okonkwo T. *Protecting the Environment and People from Climate

 

Change Litigation. Journal of Politics and Law 2017; 10(5): 60-77 (Canada).12

 

39. Okonkwo T. *Ownership and Control of Natural Resources Under

 

the Nigerian Constitution 1999 And its Implications for Environmental Law and Practice. International Law Research 2017; 6(1): 162-184. (Canada).

40. Okonkwo T. Management of Transboundary Natural Resources.

 

Journal of Law and Conflict Resolution 2017; 9(1): 42- 52. (Mauritius, Kenya, Lagos).

41. Okonkwo T. *Irregular Migration by Sea: Contemporary Incidents

 

in the Mare Nostrum- The Transition from State-Based Action to Humanitarian-Drive Regional Controls. Global Journal of Politics and Law Research 2017; 5(6): 1-18. (Luton, and Gillingham, Kent, United Kingdom).

42. Okonkwo T. *International Maritime Legal Regime and the

 

Escalation of Flags of Convenience Practices. International Journal of Law 2018; 4(1): 01-09. (Rohini, Delhi, India).

43. Okonkwo T. *The Permanent Court of Arbitration’s Exegesis of the

 

Regime of Islands and China’s Nine-Dash-Line Claims in the South China Sea Arbitration. World Journal of Social Science 2018; 5(1): 19-28. (United States of America).

44. Okonkwo T. *The South China Sea Arbitration Award and the

 

Interpretation and Application of The Regime of Islands Under Article 121 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. International Journal of Legal Research and Governance 2018; IV (III & IV): 58-70.(India).13

M. HOBBIES

• Reading

• Travelling

• Horticulture

• Bird Watching

 

N. REFEREES

1. Professor Kaniye Ebeku

 

Pioneer Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Port Harcourt. Mobile Phone: 08070709458, 09078783083.

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2. Professor Ibibia L. Worika

 

Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Port Harcourt. Mobile Phone: 07057822180, 09032340118.

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3. Professor Offornze Amucheazi

 

Faculty of Law Nnamdi Azikwe University, Awka Mobile Phone: 08033130942 E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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