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Dr Rhuks Ako


Rhuks Ako, Law School


Undergraduate Admissions Team
Tel: +44 (0) 1482 46 5244
Office: 413 Wilberforce
Qualifications LLB BL LLM MPHIL (Nigeria), PhD (Kent)


Rhuks Temitope Ako qualified as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 1999. He obtained his PhD from the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK and was a 2010 Volkswagen ‘Our Common Future’ Fellow. 

Selected Publications


Book Chapters

  • Ako, R. T., 'Environmental Justice in Nigeria’s Oil Industry: Recognizing and Embracing Contemporary Legal Developments’, R. Percival , J. Lin , W. Piermattei (eds.) Global Environmental Law At A Crossroads (Edward Elgar, 2014), 160-176.
  • Ako, R. T. and Oluduro, O., 'Bureaucratic Rhetoric of Climate Change in Nigeria: International Aspiration versus Local Realities’ in F. Maes, A. Cliquet, W. du plessis and H. McLeod-Kilmurray (eds.), Biodiversity And Climate Change: Linkages at International, National and Local Levels (Edward Elgar, 2013), 3-31.
  • Ako, R. T., ‘Enforcing Environmental Rights under Nigeria’s 1999 Constitution: The Localisation of Human Rights in the Niger Delta Region’, in Koen de Feyter ed., The Local Relevance of Human Rights (Cambridge University Press, 2011).
  • Ako, R. T., ‘The Responsibility to Prevent Conflicts under R2P: the Nigeria-Bakassi Situation’ in R. Thakur, V. Popovski and W. Kemp eds., Blood and Borders: The Responsibility to Protect and the Problem of the Kin State (United Nations University Press, 2011), 208 -228.
  • Ako, R. T., ‘Resource Exploitation and Environmental Justice in Developing Countries: The Nigerian Experience’ in F. Botchway ed., Natural Resource Investment and Africa’s Development (Edward Elgar, 2011), 72-104.
  • Ako, R. T. and Uddin, N., ‘Governance and Resource Management’ in F. Botchway ed., Natural Resource Investment and Africa’s Development (Edward Elgar, 2011), 21-48.
  • Ako, R. T., ‘The Struggle for Resource Control and Violence in the Niger Delta’ in C. Obi and S. Aas Rustad eds., Oil and Insurgency in the Niger Delta: Managing the Complex Politics of Petroviolence (Zed Books, 2011), 42-54.

Refereed Journal Articles

  • Ako, R. T., (Book Review) Adeyeye, A., Corporate Social Responsibility of Multinational Corporations in Developing Countries: Perspectives on Anti-Corruption (Cambridge University Press, 2012) (2014) 30 Utrecht Journal of International and European Law 78, 136.
  • Ako, R. T. and Omiunu, O. ‘Amnesty in the Niger Delta: Vertical Movement Towards Self-Determination or Lateral Policy Shift? (2013) 1 The Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy 1, 86-99.
  • Ako, R. T., ‘Re-Defining Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) In Nigeria’s Post-Amnesty Oil’, (2012) 3 African Journal of Economic and Management Studies (Special Issue on CSR in Africa), 9-22.
  • Adedeji, A., Ako, R. T., and Ogunleye, T., ‘Towards the Sustainable Environmental Management of Nigeria’s Coastal Region’ (2011) 1 NIALS Journal of Environmental Law 296-308.
  • Ako, R. T., ‘Substantive Injustice: Oil-Related Regulations and Environmental Injustice in Nigeria’, (IUCN Rights Based Approach to Conservation Publications)
  • Ako, R. T., ‘The Judicial Recognition and Enforcement of the Right to Environment: Differing Perspectives from Nigeria and India’, (2010) 3 NUJS Law Review, 423-445.
  • Ako, R. T. and Oyelade O., ‘The Role of National Legislation in Improving Corporate Social Responsibility in Nigeria’ (2010) 36 Indian Socio-Legal Journal 1, 67-80.
  • Ako, R. T., “Nigeria’s Land Use Act: An Anti-Thesis to Environmental Justice”, (2009) 53 Journal of African Law 2, 289–304.
  • Ako,R. T., Obokoh, L. O. and Okonmah, P., ‘Forging Peaceful Relationships between Oil-Companies and Host-Communities in Nigeria’s Delta Region: A Stakeholder’s Perspective to Corporate Social Responsibility’, (2009) 3 Journal of Enterprising Communities 2, 205-216.


Dr Ako's research interests include environmental justice, minority rights, environmental human rights and public participation law, usually in relation to, but not exclusively to, Nigeria’s oil industry. He has published widely in these areas.

PhD Supervision

Dr Ako would be interested in supervising research students on topics in:

  • Environmental justice
  • Environmental human rights
  • Natural resources (management, conflicts, host community/ minority rights issues)
  • Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in Africa

He has supervised students working on :

  • Corporate Governance Deficit: The Implication of the Nigerian Banking Sector
  • Enhancing Public Private Partnerships in Nigeria through Proper Risk Allocation
  • The Roles of Non State Actors in the Regulation of Multinational Companies in Nigeria



  • African Union Law
  • Contract Law
  • Environmental Law and Regulation


  • African Union Law 
  • Environmental Justice 
  • Environmental Law and Regulation
  • International Environmental Law 
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