Higher Degree by Research Candidate
Adelaide Law School
Faculty of the Professions
Joseph Onele (Joseph) is a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Adelaide. Using case studies of Impact and Benefit Agreements (IBAs) used in mining contexts, his research focuses on how IBAs can be effectively used to protect the rights of Indigenous peoples.
Joseph has earned an industry reputation for cutting-edge legal expertise and wealth of experience in the legal services industry, having served leading multinationals, stakeholders and industry leaders in different parts of the world. He cut his teeth in legal practice, at one of the top tier law firms in Africa, having graduated with First Class Honours in his law degree from the University of Ibadan (Nigeria) and bagged a PGD in Oil and Gas Law from the University of Aberdeen (UK).
An energy, corporate and commercial law specialist, Joseph routinely advises on complex as well as market-defining corporate, commercial transactions, Energy and Natural Resources Law and is highly recommended by The Legal 500, for his cutting-edge cum in-depth legal expertise and insightful analysis of complex legal issues. He routinely provides legal support on all aspects of the oil and gas value chain including upstream operations, midstream and downstream activities as well as the oil services.
In addition to being a finance and projects lawyer with experience in energy (power, oil and gas inclusive), natural resources, infrastructure, banking, finance, and tax advisory, Joseph has significant experience in advising International Oil Companies, Indigenous Oil Companies, commercial banks, development finance institutions (DFIs), startup firms, multinational and international corporations as well as international organizations.
Joseph serves as a peer reviewer for the Journal of African Law (Cambridge University Press) and Journal of International Dispute Settlement (Oxford University Press). He was until recently, a Researcher and Contributing Writer with The Arctic Institute (Washington DC, USA) where he contributed weekly to The Arctic This Weekly, the flagship publication of The Arctic Institute.
My research focuses on how the effective use of Impact and Benefit Agreements in Australia and Canada can help to protect the rights of Indigenous people where extraction of natural/mineral resources is concerned.
Date Position Institution name 2019 - 2022 Higher Degree by Research Candidate University of Adelaide 2018 - 2019 Researcher The Arctic Institute 2017 - 2018 Researcher Association of International Petroleum Negotiators 2014 - 2018 Attorney Olaniwun Ajayi LP
Language Competency English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review Yoruba Can read, write, speak and understand spoken
Date Institution name Country Title 2019 - 2022 University of Adelaide Australia PhD 2016 - 2017 University of Aberdeen United Kingdom PGD Oil and Gas Law 2008 - 2013 University of Ibadan Nigeria LLB (First Class Honours)
Adelaide Scholarships International, University of Adelaide 2019-2022
Commonwealth Shared Scholar, University of Aberdeen 2016-2017
Chevron National Merit Award for Academic Excellence 2009-2013
Total E & P National Merit Award for Academic Excellence 2010-2013
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