Alozie Nwabughuogu is a PhD candidate in Environmental Law and Sustainable Development in the School of Law. His research topic is: Unconventional Gas Exploration and Regulating Risks: What can Nigeria learn from Western Countries? He is conducting this study under the supervision of Dr Dieter Pesendorfer and Dr Peter Doran.
He is embarking on an in-depth analysis of the factors underpinning the regulation of unconventional (shale) gas in the US and UK in order to draw lessons from his findings that can aid in ascertaining how best to regulate environmental risks in Nigeria, especially those emanating from oil and gas exploration. Following on from developing a theoretical basis from which Nigeria could regulate environmental risks, he also seeks to address the question as to whether Nigeria should engage in further exploration of unconventional gases in the event that it establishes a sound regulatory regime.
His interest in environmental law was sparked mainly by his increased awareness of several oil spillages and the resulting state of the environment in the Niger Delta area of Nigeria, where he hails from. This is one of the reasons that motivated him and inspired him to seek solutions that could lead to the development of more effective environmental regulation in Nigeria and the protection of the country from further damage.
Alozie obtained his LLB (law degree) from Abia State University Uturu in 2008 before going to the Nigerian law school where he qualified as a Barrister and Solicitor. Thereafter, he was called to the Nigeria Bar in 2009. He progressed on to University of Derby, UK and obtained an LL.M in Corporate Law and Finance before proceeding to Queen's University Belfast for his PhD. Prior to becoming a research student, Alozie previously worked as a state counsel at the Ministry of Justice in Port Harcourt, River State where he was a state prosecutor of criminal offenders.