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Dr Smith Azubuike is a qualified Lawyer called to the Bar to practise as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 2007. He has worked as Head of Litigation in a Law Firm - Samuel C. Dike & Co. - in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Smith has been involved in environmental and oil spill litigations and has represented several clients in Nigeria. Before joining Queen's University Belfast, he completed two postdoctoral research projects at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law & Policy, University of Dundee. Smith also provided teaching support in Contract and Criminal Law at the Dundee Law School.

Smith is the Book Reviews Editor of the Global Energy Law and Sustainability journal published by Edinburgh University Press. At Queen's, Smith provides support for the Student Law Journal and supervises undergraduate and postgraduate law dissertations.

Research Interests

Smith's research interests include environmental justice, climate change, renewable energy and sustainability, and contractual risk allocation in energy and petroleum activities. His PhD thesis examined how public policy and distributive justice can shape the petroleum industry practice of risk allocation in gross negligence cases to minimise offshore oil pollution.

Smith recently completed a postdoctoral research project titled 'Strengthening Nigeria's Response to COVID-19: Renewable Energy for Resilient Healthcare Systems in Rural Areas', with funding support from the Global Challenges Research Fund and the Scottish Funding Council.


Criminal Law (UG L1&3)

Contract (UG L1,2&3)

Evidence (UG L3)

MLAW (Criminal Law)


Fellow, Higher Education Academy



2014-2019 PhD in Law, University of Dundee

2011-2012 LLM, Natural Resources Law & Policy, University of Dundee

2006-2007 Barrister-at-law, Nigerian Law School

2001-2006 LLB (Hons), Rivers State University, Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


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