UI appoints lawyer as Adjunct Professor

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The University of Ibadan has appointed a jurist, Dr. Bayo Adaralegbe, as an assistant professor of law at its Center for Petroleum, Energy, Economics and Law.

The CPEEL is a collaboration between the university and the MacArthur Foundation, USA, for energy research and training.

According to a statement made available to The PUNCH on Wednesday, Adaralegbe would be the first lawyer in private practice to be appointed as a professor by a first-generation Nigerian university.

During his speech on the appointment, the Director of CPEEL, Professor Olusanya Olubusoye, said: “We are fortunate to have someone of Professor Adaralegbe’s caliber at a time when CPEEL is repositioning itself not only for the Nigerian market, but also internationally, in particular given the developments in the energy transition and the new law in the sector.

“Not only does he have over three decades of industry experience, he is also an academic in his own right.”

In his reaction to the nomination, Adaralegbe said, “I take my responsibilities to our students and the center very seriously and look forward to working closely with my other colleagues to achieve a perfect ranking for the center.

The statement revealed that as an adjunct professor, Adaralegbe would be responsible for teaching postgraduate courses and supervising doctoral and master’s students in energy law; International arbitration and investment law.

It said: ”Adaralegbe has published some 19 scientific papers; all in the best international peer-reviewed journals and has delivered more than 60 articles before an informed and professional audience, including judicial officers in his fields of expertise.

“He has been involved in editorial responsibilities including JWELB, a publication of Oxford University Press and OGEL Law Journal. He is currently editor of the LCA Journal of Arbitration and Dispute Settlement. Professor Adaralegbe is a Fellow of the Energy Institute, UK, the first Nigerian lawyer to be so honoured.

”He holds an LLM (Honours) in Petroleum Law and Policy and an Honors PhD in International Investment Law from CPEMLP, University of Dundee, Scotland, UK.

“He was given a full scholarship for his doctoral studies by an oil company based in the United States. He is also a Fellow and Chartered Arbitrator, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK; Fellow and Chartered Secretary, Chartered Institute of Secretaries and Administrators, UK. Adaralegbe is a partner of Babalakin & Co.”

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