Rights for All: Environmental Injustices & Human Rights


Art Exchange

admission free

6.00 – 7.30 pm, in Art Exchange

Oil companies have operated for decades in Nigeria, creating immense wealth for the economy, while exploiting the Niger Delta’s natural resources with vast consequences for its ecosystem and local peoples’ lives. Join us for an interdisciplinary talk with academics from the University of Essex whose research amplifies themes raised in the ‘Fuel for Thought’ exhibition.

Godswill Agbaitoro

Godswill Agbaitoro is a researcher from the School of Law with interests in International Energy and Environmental Law and International Arbitration in the Energy Sector. He is a qualified Barrister-at-law and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria with cognate experience and has provided services to individual clients and corporations operating in the field of energy. He has also worked as a Research Assistant to the Attorney-General & Commissioner for Justice, Edo State, Nigeria (2017 – 2018). Godswill is presently a member of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), the Society of Legal Scholars (SLS) and, the Energy Institute (EI).

Carlos Gigoux

Carlos Gigoux from the Department of Sociology has recently completed ‘Indigenous Peoples and Colonialism: Global Perspectives’, a jointly authored book with Colin Samson. The book analyses the many common colonial processes which indigenous peoples experience under the dominion of states. Carlos is also co-director of the University’s Centre for Migration Studies, which addresses important issues such as human rights, immigration policies, forced migration, human trafficking, race, ethnicity and identity.

This talk accompanies the MA Curating student exhibition Fuel for Thought.

Admission free, all welcome.