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Dr Smith Azubuike

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor in the Durham Law School


Smith I Azubuike is Assistant Professor in Energy Law at Durham Law School, and a qualified Lawyer in Nigeria. He previously taught at Queen’s University Belfast. Smith’s teaching and research focus on energy law and sustainability, risk allocation in the energy sector and renewable energy law. Smith holds an LLB from Rivers State University in Nigeria, and an LLM and PhD from the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law & Policy, University of Dundee. He practiced as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria since 2007, before going for postgraduate studies in 2011. In 2013, He worked as the Head of Litigations in the law firm of Samuel C. Dike & Co. in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Smith is the Book Reviews Editor of Edinburgh University Press’ Global Energy Law and Sustainability journal.

Research groups

The Centre for Sustainable Development Law and Policy

Law and Global Justice at Durham


Research interests

  • Energy Justice and Transition
  • Energy Law and Sustainability
  • Renewable Energy Law
  • Risk Allocation in the Energy Sector


Book review

Chapter in book

Edited book

Journal Article


Working Paper

Supervision students