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Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has appointed an environmental law expert and Director of Research at the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS), Prof Olanrewaju Adigun Fagbohun, as the eighth Lagos State University (LASU) Vice-Chancellor. Legal Editor JOHN AUSTIN UNACHUKWU profiles him. Prof Olanrewaju Adigun Fagbohun is a Professor of Environmental Law. The young Fagbohun started his academic pursuits at the Local Authority Primary School, Agege, Lagos and later enrolled at the Ikeja Grammar School, Oshodi, Lagos for his secondary education. Thereafter, he was admitted to the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) to study Law. Upon the completion of his first degree in 1987, he proceeded to the Nigerian Law School for the one-year Bachelor of Laws ( BL) programme. After his National Youth Service in 1989, his quest for higher academic laurels took him to the University of Lagos for the Master of Laws (LL. M) Degree, and later to the Obafemi Awolowo University for his doctoral degree programme.

In between these periods, Fagbohun attended a number of short programmes one of which is the Postgraduate Diploma in International Tax Law which he did at the Robert Kennedy College, Switzerland. Career Fagbohun joined the Faculty of Law of the Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo as an Assistant Lecturer in January 1991. He rose through the ranks and by 2004, he was an appointed Associate Professor.

As a resourceful and diligent faculty member in LASU, he taught various courses, including Commercial Law, Law of Insurance and Environmental Law at the undergraduate level, and International Economic law, Law and Economic Development and Environmental Law and Policy at the postgraduate level. Fagbohun was one of those whose untiring efforts led to research in, and the development of the curriculum for the teaching of Environmental Law as a young discipline in many universities . At various times, he served as a member of Senate of the Lagos State University (LASU); Head of Department of Business Law and later Department of Private and Property Law; Coordinator, Law Centre; Coordinator, Department of Environmental Law and Allied Disciplines of the Centre for Environment and Science Education, LASU, and was, for several years, the Editor-in-Chief of the LASU Law Journal. Fagbohun also served on various committees of the Faculty of Law, the University, and the University Senate.

Following his satisfactory Annual Performance Report for 2007/2008 Session, and the report of the Appointments and Promotions (Academics) Committee, LASU appointed him a Professor In 2010, Fagbohun joined the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS) following a head-hunt. At NIALS, he taught Advanced Environmental Law and Policy, and Advanced Legal Methods and Research to postgraduates students. He also served in various capacities, including: Editor, the Nigerian Current Law Review; Editor, NIALS Journal of Environmental Law; Director of Studies, and Director of Research (the position he held before his appointment as Vice-Chancellor). In November 2012, for his contribution to scholarship and research in environmental law, Fagbohun was awarded the Chike Idigbe Distinguished Professor of Law Chair by NIALS. Service to the Community Outside his immediate work, Fagbohun has provided leadership in different capacities at state, federal and international levels. He served at different times as Project Facilitator and Resource Person to the Nigerian Bar Association ( NBA); British Council; Committee on Ecology and Environment of the House of Representatives and Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; United Nations Development Programme; National Judicial Council; and several Non-Governmental Organisations.

He was a member ofthe Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA)Technical Advisory Committee on Environmental Management and Control (Downstream Oil and Gas Sector); formerly member, Lagos State Water Regulatory Commission; Member, Expert Group for Development of Climate Change Policy and Legislation for the Federal Republic of Nigeria; National Consultant, Law and Policy for the Establishment of Project Baseline in Relation to Conservation of Globally Important Biodiversity in Nigeria; and formerly Chairman, Lagos State Local Government Election Petition Tribunal. Fagbohun is the Vice-Chairman, African Regional Forum of the International Bar Association (IBA); Regional Representative, Africa, Environment Health and Safety Committee of the IBA; Member, Regional Academic Network on IT policies with base at the American University, Cairo; member, Environmental Law Lecturers in African Universities; and member, Board of Trustees, Lagos Public Interest Law Partnership. He was a member of the IBA 18-man Special Expert Task Force on Climate Change Justice and Human Rights. The Task Force is working on implementing the recommendations contained in the 185-page strategic report which it put together over two years. Fagbohun is a member of the editorial board of various journals and chairs many editorial advisory boards.

He has served as external examiner/assessor of Master’s and Doctoral theses for some Universities both in and outside Nigeria, including the Nelson R. Mandela School, University of Fort Hare in South Africa; and the Netherlands, and University of Amsterdam. He has acted in the United Kingdom and United States of America as expert adviser on Nigerian Law; and also served as Law and Policy Expert, Think 20 Summit/Global Policy Dialogue Platform Conference on Sustainable Development. Research In addition to his extensive publications in peer reviewed (local and International) journals, he has co-edited eight books and written a book titled: “ The Law of Oil Pollution and Environmental Restoration: A Comparative Review”. He has delivered more than 55 invited/commissioned papers various meetings within and outside Nigeria. Awards, Fellowships& Academic Distinctions Fagbohun is a member of several academic and professional bodies, and a fellow of a number of national and international institutions.

He has also been honoured with several awards including distinguished personality awards; distinguished speaker awards; distinguished achievements and excellence in the field of environmental law awards; distinguished teacher and mentor awards; and dedicated service to humanity awards among others. Personal Life Fagbohun hails from Akesan in the Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State. His father is the traditional ruler of Akesan. He is married with children. How A Lagos Factory Worker Went Against All Odds To Breakthrough From A Business Everybody Thinks Is Only Meant For The Rich Read His Story Here… Live/Work And Study Abroad Made Easy: How To Get Visa To Anywhere In The World Without Going Through Any Agent!

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