Assistant Professor of Law, School of Law
- Energy Law and Policy | Oil & Gas Law | International Business Transactions | International Petroleum Transactions
Dr. Tade Oyewunmi is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of North Dakota School of Law, where he teaches Oil and Gas Law, Property, Energy & Mining Law, International Business Transactions; and serves as Director of the Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Certificate program. His scholarly and research interests border on examining the role of law and institutions in developing energy and natural resources, including the economic regulation of natural gas and electricity markets, energy security, and decarbonization.
Before joining UND Law in 2022, Dr. Oyewunmi was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Oregon School of Law and an Assistant Professor and Senior Energy Research Fellow at Vermont Law School. Professor Oyewunmi is an Associate Editor of the Oil, Gas & Energy Law Intelligence (OGEL) Journal and an Associate Member of the Institute for Energy Law at the Center for American and International Law, where he currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Academic Outreach Committee. He is also a member of the Association of International Energy Negotiators (AIEN). Likewise, Professor Oyewunmi is a member and trustee of the Foundation for Natural Resources and Energy Law (formerly the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation). Before entering academia, Professor Oyewunmi was a Senior Counsel in the Energy & Project Finance Group of a leading international commercial law firm based in Lagos, Nigeria.
Professor Oyewunmi earned his Doctor of Laws (LL.D) with Distinction, specializing in International Energy Law and Policy at the University of Eastern Finland (UEF) School of Law, Finland. He received his LL.M in Oil and Gas Law at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK, and his Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
- Energy and Mining Law
- Oil & Gas Law
- Oil & Gas Contracts and Regulation
- Property Law
- International Business Transactions
- International Petroleum Transactions
- Air Pollution Law & Regulation
A. BOOK PUBLICATIONS
Decarbonisation and the Energy Industry: the role of law and regulation in low-carbon and transitional energy markets, (Hart Publishing, UK (November 2020).
Regulating Gas Supply to Power Markets: Transnational Approaches to Competitiveness and Security of Supply (Wolters Kluwer International, 2018)
The Restructuring and Regulation of Gas-to-Power Markets: Nigeria and the EU as Case Studies, University of Eastern Finland Publications, Dissertations in Social Sciences and Business Studies, no 158, ISBN: 978-952-61-2619-7 (2017)
B. BOOK CHAPTERS
‘Regulating Gas Flaring Emissions from Upstream Operations on US Federal Lands and in Nigeria’ in Damilola S. Olawuyi and Eduardo G. Pereira (eds), The Palgrave Handbook of Natural Gas and Global Energy Transitions, Palgrave Macmillan, 2022, pp.197–225
‘Gas Commercialisation Projects in West Africa: Pipelines, LNG and Gas-to-Power’ (Chapter 28), in Routledge Handbook on Energy Law by Tina Hunter et al. (eds) (Routledge, 2020)
‘The Evolving International Gas Market and Energy Security in Nigeria’ in Sola Adesola & Prof. Feargal Brennan (eds), Energy in African Developing Economies: Policy, Management, and Sustainability, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019)
Nigeria: Energy Policy- (Sub-Saharan Africa - Energy Policy Section), in Encyclopaedia of Mineral and Energy Policy, (Springer, Peter Cameron et al., First Online: 13 September 2017)
‘Security Implications of Conflicts, Crises, and Disasters in the International Energy Industry: Legal and Policy Considerations' (Chapter 13) in Research Handbook on Disasters and International Law, Susan C. Breau & Katja L.H. Samuel (eds), pp. 272-294 (Edward Elgar, 2016)
C. EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTIONS
OGEL Special Issue on ‘Law and Policy for Gas Flaring in a Low-carbon Economy’ (2021) (co-editor Mohamed Rali Badissy, Assistant Professor of Law at Penn State Dickinson Law)
OGEL 1 (2019) Special Issue on ‘Energy Law and Regulation in Low-carbon and Transitional Energy Markets’ (co-editors- Raphael Heffron, and Penelope Crossley)
OGEL 1(2017) Special Issue on ‘Oil and Gas Law and Policy in West Africa’ (co-editor- Prof. Yinka Omorogbe)
OGEL Special Issue on "Oil and Gas Law and Policy in West Africa" – Editorial, OGEL Journal 1 (2017)
D. LAW REVIEW ARTICLES & PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES
‘The Regulatory State and the Emerging Offshore Wind Energy Market in the US’ Arizona Journal of Environmental Law and Policy Journal (Fall, 2022) 13(1), pp. 1 – 46.
‘Regulating Offshore Wind Energy Development and Interconnections with Electricity Markets’ ABA's Natural Resources & Environment (Forthcoming, Winter 2022 Issue)
Resilience, Reliability, and Gas to Power Systems in the US: an Energy Policy Outlook in the Era of Decarbonisation, the Journal of World Energy Law & Business, (2021).
An Instrumental Perspective on Power-to-Gas, Hydrogen, and a Spotlight on New York’s Emerging Climate and Energy Policy, 38 Pace Environmental Law Review (2021)
Emerging Trends in Resource-Rich Sub-Saharan Africa and a Spotlight on the Nigerian Transitional Energy Market, Tulane Journal of International and Comparative Law, Vol 29, Issue 1, (2021) (co-authored with Ivie Ehanmo)
Decarbonization and the Energy Industry: An Introduction to the Legal and Policy Issues’, Tulane Public Law Research Paper No. 20-9, (March 4, 2020) (Available on SSRN)
Natural Gas in a Carbon-Constrained World: Examining the Role of Institutions in Curbing Methane and Other Fugitive Emissions, LSU Journal of Energy Law and Resources (Volume IX, Issue I, 2020)
Decarbonization and the Integration of Renewables in Transitional Energy Markets: Examining the Power to Gas Option in the United States, (co-authored with Heather Dziedzic), OGEL 4 (2020).
International Petroleum Transactions and the Development of Gas-to-Power Markets in West Africa, Special Issue on Energy Law and Regulation in Low-carbon and Transitional Energy Markets OGEL 1 (2019)
‘Natural gas in Nigeria and Tanzania: Can it turn on lights?’ Oxford Energy Forum - Electrifying Africa – Issue 115, 2018, (co-authored with Rahmat Poudineh, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, UK)
Examining the Role of Regulation in Restructuring and Development of Gas Supply Markets in the United States and the European Union, 40(1) Houston Journal Of International Law 191-296 (2017)
Legal and Policy Issues for Capacity Remuneration Mechanisms in the Evolving European Internal Energy Market, 23(3) European Energy and Environmental Law Review 76–88 (2014)
International Best Practices and Participation in a Private Sector Driven Electricity Industry in Nigeria: Recent Regulatory Developments, 8 International Energy Law Review 306 - 314 (2013)
Emissions Trading Scheme and Gas Flaring in the United Kingdom Continental Shelf: A Comment, 5 International Energy Law Review 193-199 (2011)
E. SEMINARS AND CONFERECE PAPERS
'Examining the Implications of Conflicts and Crises on International Energy Security' paper presented at the International Energy Scholars Workshop, Association of International Energy Negotiators (AIEN)/White & Case LLP, Miami, Florida, June 2, 2023.
Emerging Legal and Regulatory Developments in the Commercialization and Use of Underground Pore Spaces for Energy Decarbonization Operations, 2023 North Dakota Law Review Energy Law Symposium, Thursday, March 23, 2023, Bismarck, ND
‘Transnational considerations arising from the EU's security of energy supply crisis’ webinar hosted by the Centre for American and International Law's Institute for Energy Law (IEL) on December 14, 2022
The Regulatory State and the Emerging Offshore Wind Energy Market in the US" 2022 Natural Resources Law Teachers Workshop hosted by the Foundation for Natural Resources and Energy Law on Saturday, July 22, 2022, in Vail, Colorado.
Rationality, Public Choice, and the Energy Policy Dimensions of Offshore Wind Developments in the US, 2021 Natural Resources Law Teachers Institute Virtual Works-In-Progress Lightning Rounds, Friday, June 4, 2021
Regulatory Incentives, Tax Credits, and Carbon Capture and Utilisation Projects in the US, Congressional Staff Briefing on the Repeal of Fossil Fuel Subsidies, April 16, 2021
Resilience, Reliability, and Gas to Power Systems in the US: an Energy Policy Outlook in the Era of Decarbonisation, Faculty Workshop paper at Saint Louis University School of Law, Missouri, US, March 24, 2021.
A webinar presentation on 'Power-to-Gas, Hydrogen, and a Spotlight on New York's Emerging Climate and Energy Policy, at the Maryland/Pace Law School Climate Change Seminar, October 12, 2020
‘Decarbonization Options for Gas and Electricity Systems: Power-to-Gas (P2G) and Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS)’ at the University of Houston Law Center’s 1st Annual Conference on Global Energy Transition Law And Policy, 2020
Methane Emissions and the International Gas Industry, AIPN International Petroleum Scholar Workshop, May 24, 2019, Houston, TX, USA
Reforming Gas-To-Power Markets in Sub-Saharan Africa: Policy and Regulatory Challenges, June 10th – June 13th, 2018 at the 41st IAEE International Conference in Groningen, Netherlands,
Examining the role of Law and Institutions in Decarbonisation and Transitional Energy Markets, the 17th Institutional and Organizational Economics Academy, 21-25 May 2018, Corsica, France
Securing Regulatory Stability for International Gas Commercialisation and LNG Projects: The Nigerian Experience, (35th US Association for Energy Economics / International Association For Energy Economics (USAEE/IAEE) North American Conference, ‘Riding the Energy Cycles’ Houston, Texas, USA, November 13, 2017)
Property Rights and Domestic Gas Supply Obligations in the International Gas Industry, the Land and Resources Law Colloquium, College of Law, University of Oklahoma, Norman, USA, October 20, 2017
Security of Gas Supply and Energy Market Regulation: Outlook and Implications in the EU, (2015, 33rd USAEE/IAEE North American Conference, “The Dynamic Energy Landscape” Pittsburgh, PA, USA)
The Evolving International Gas Market and the Security of Gas Supply to Power Markets in Nigeria, (2015, Thurgood Marshall School of Law Energy Symposium, Houston, Texas, USA)
Domestic Gas Utilisation and Power Generation in Nigeria: Examining the Legal and Regulatory Framework, (2014, 7th NAEE/IAEE International Energy Conference on “Energy Access and Economic Development, Abuja, Nigeria)
Poster Presentation on Natural Gas Utilisation and Electricity in Nigeria and the EU: Examining the Legal and Regulatory Frameworks, (2014, 37th IAEE International Conference, New York, US)
Recent awards include-
- Gerald W. VandeWalle Energy Law Faculty Award- 2022/2023
- David & Mary Maring Energy Law Faculty Award- 2022/2023
- Tom & Frances Leach Foundation Energy Law Faculty Award- 2022/2023