Evaristus Oshionebo

Dr. Evaristus Oshionebo



Interim Dean

Faculty of Law


Faculty of Law

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Educational Background

PhD Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, 2007

LLM University of Alberta, 2002

LLM University of Lagos, 1991

LLB (Honours) Obafemi Awolowo University, 1987


Evaristus Oshionebo joined the University of Calgary's Faculty of Law in 2013. He won the Students' Union Teaching Excellence Award, University of Calgary in 2014, a rarity for professors in their first year at an institution. The award honours faculty members and instructors for their commitment to student success. In 2017, Oshionebo was awarded the ‘GREAT Supervisor Award’ by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Calgary.

Prior to joining the University of Calgary, he was a tenured Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba. In 2013, he won the University of Manitoba/University of Manitoba Faculty Association Merit Award for Excellence in Teaching, as well as the Students' Teacher Recognition Award for outstanding teaching. Prior to his academic career, Oshionebo practiced law in Nigeria specializing in corporate and commercial litigation. He was also Deputy Editor of a number of Law Reports including the Supreme Court of Nigeria Law Reports, the Nigerian Weekly Law Reports, and the Commercial Law Reports Quarterly.

Oshionebo is the Co-Editor of the Asper Review of International Business and Trade Law.

Research Activities


Oshionebo’s research focuses primarily on the law and policy governing extraction and mining of natural resources.

His book, Mineral Mining in Africa: Legal and Fiscal Regimes (London: Routledge, 2020) engages in a comparative analysis of the legal and fiscal frameworks for hard rock mining in several African countries. It covers topics such as acquisition of mineral rights; types of mineral rights; legal nature of mineral rights; rights and obligations of mineral right holders; fiscal regimes including royalty and tax regimes; surface rights and compensation; resource nationalism in the African mining industry; management and utilization of mining revenues including benefit-sharing arrangements between mining companies and host communities; and sustainable exploitation of mineral resources.

His earlier book, Regulating Transnational Corporations in Domestic and International Regimes: An African Case Study (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009) examines the range of strategies for regulating transnational corporations in Africa's extractive industries. He has also written and published several articles on sustainable extraction of natural resources as well as the relationship between extractive companies and host communities.

In addition to his work on natural resources, Oshionebo researches and publishes on corporate responsibility, corporate governance, regulation of transnational corporations, sustainable development, international investment law, and intellectual property law.


Areas of Research

Law and policy governing extraction and mining of natural resources, Mining law, Oil and gas law, Corporate responsibility, Corporate governance, Regulation of transnational corporations, Sustainable development, International investment law, Intellectual property law


  • GREAT SUPERVISOR AWARD, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Calgary. 2017
  • Teaching Excellence Award , Students' Union, University of Calgary. 2014


  • “Corporations and Nations: Power Imbalance in the Extractive Sector”. Evaristus Oshionebo. 77(2) American Journal of Economics and Sociology. 419-446. (2018)
  • "Citizen Enforcement of Environmental Regulation in Africa’s Extractive Industries”. Evaristus Oshionebo. 17 (XVII) Asper Review of International Business and Trade Law. 35-57. (2017)
  • "Mismanagement of Nigeria's Oil Revenues: Is the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority the Panacea?". Evaristus Oshionebo. 10 Journal of World Energy Law and Business. 329-347. (2017)
  • "Sovereign Wealth Funds in Developing Countries: A Case Study of the Ghana Petroleum Funds". Evaristus Oshionebo. 36(1) Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law. 35-59. (2017)
  • "Managing Resource Revenues: Sovereign Wealth Funds in Developing Countries". Evaristus Oshionebo. 15 Asper Review of International Business and Trade Law. 217-264. (2015)
  • "The Shareholder Proposals Mechanism under the Manitoba Corporations Act: A Proposal for Reform". Evaristus Oshionebo. 36(2) Manitoba Law Journal. 1-40. (2013)
  • "The Protection of Famous and Well-Known Trade-marks in the Context of Non-Competing Use: Has Canada Done Enough?”. Evaristus Oshionebo. 13 Asper Review of International Business and Trade Law. 27-76. (2013)
  • "The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises as Mechanisms for Sustainable Development of Natural Resources: Real Solutions or Window Dressing?". Evaristus Oshionebo. 17(2) Lewis & Clark Law Review. 545-590. (2013)
  • “Shareholder Proposals and the Passivity of Shareholders in Canada: Electronic Forums to the Rescue?”. Evaristus Oshionebo. 37(2) Queen’s Law Journal. 623-662. (2013)
  • “Post-Colonial States and the Quest for Africa’s Development: An Assessment of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development”. Evaristus Oshionebo. 5(6) International Journal of Arts and Sciences. 619-639. (2012)
  • “Stabilization Clauses in Natural Resource Extraction Contracts: Legal, Economic and Social Implications for Developing Countries”. Evaristus Oshionebo. 10 Asper Review of International Business and Trade Law. 1-33. (2010)
  • “World Bank and Sustainable Development of Natural Resources in Developing Countries”. Evaristus Oshionebo. 27(2) Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law. 193-227. (2009)
  • “The United Nation’s Global Compact and Accountability of Transnational Corporations: Separating Myth from Realities”. Evaristus Oshionebo. 19 Florida Journal of International Law. 1-38. (2007)
  • “Transnational Corporations, Civil Society Organizations and Social Accountability in Nigeria’s Oil and Gas Industry”. Evaristus Oshionebo. 5 African Journal of International and Comparative Law. 107-129. (2007)
  • “Punitive Damages and the Requirement for an Independent Actionable Wrong: Whiten v. Pilot Insurance Co”. Evaristus Oshionebo and Shannon K. O’Byrne. Advocate Quarterly. 496-510. (2002)
  • Mineral Mining in Africa: Legal and Fiscal Regimes. Evaristus Oshionebo. Routledge. (2020)
  • Regulating Transnational Corporations in Domestic and International Regimes: An African Case Study. Evaristus Oshionebo. University of Toronto Press. (2009)
  • Transnational Corporations in Developing Countries”. Evaristus Oshionebo. in Audrey Kobayashi ed., International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, 2nd edition, Vol. 13. 375-380. (2019)
  • "Community Development Agreements as Tools for Local Participation in Natural Resource Projects in Africa". Evaristus Oshionebo. in Isabel Feichter, Markus Krajewski & Ricardo Roesch, eds., Human Rights in the Extractive Industries: Transparency, Participation, Resistance. 77-109. (2019)
  • “Fiscal Regimes for Natural Resource Extraction: Implications for Africa’s Development”. Evaristus Oshionebo. in Francis Botchway ed., Natural Resource Investment and Africa’s Development. 200-246. (2011)
  • “International Patent Regime, HIV/AIDS Pandemic, and Access to Essential Medicines in Developing Countries”. Evaristus Oshionebo. in David A. Frankel ed., International Law, Conventions and Justice. 239-254. (2011)