The Offshore Oil Industry in Post-Macondo World: Catastrophic Pollution Risk and Liability Allocation between Key Entities in The Oil Industry

Smith Ikechukwu Azubuike

PhD Title:
The Offshore Oil Industry in Post-Macondo World: Catastrophic Pollution Risk and Liability Allocation between Key Entities in The Oil Industry

Smith I. Azubuike is a Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria with an LL.M (Distinction) in Natural Resources Law and Policy from the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP), University of Dundee, Scotland, UK. He qualified as a lawyer in 2007 haven passed his final law exams in 2006 with Second Class Upper, and Bar finals with second Class Upper in 2007.

As a qualified lawyer in Nigeria, Smith has, in conjunction with other lawyers in the firm, conducted several criminal and civil litigations including but not limited to environmental pollution arising from hydrocarbon activities. Presently, Smith is a PhD Candidate at the CEPMLP, University of Dundee, where he is currently researching on pollution risk allocation in a post Macondo world.

Prior to his undertaking a PhD research at CEPMLP, He was the head of litigations in the law firm of Samuel C. Dike & Co, a prestigious law firm in Port Harcourt. He had also worked with the law firm of Lucius E. Nwosu (SAN) & Partners in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, as a researcher, solicitor and advocate. He made a presentation at the 2012 London Annual Mining Seminar.

Smith is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA); Energy Institute (EI), Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE Aberdeen), Corporate Affairs Commission, Nigeria (CAC).

Publications              

Azubuike, Smith I., Rethinking Fiscal Stability in Mining Investment Contracts: Is there a way to achieve Fiscal Stability and douse Parties’ Concerns?, CAR (CEPMLP Annual Review) Vol. 16, 2013

Azubuike, Smith I., Iran’s Nuclear Programme: What is the Purpose for Enriching Uranium?, CAR (CEPMLP Annual Review) Vol. 16, 2013

Azubuike, Smith I., Gas Market Liberalisation in Europe: Is there a Future for Oil-linked Gas Pricing in Natural Gas Contracts?, CAR (CEPMLP Annual Review) Vol. 16, 2013