The Global South Law Research Network

The Global South Law Research Network

The Global South Law Research Network (GSLRN) is a multidisciplinary network that brings together academics, industry professionals and policy makers to discuss and proffer solutions to Global South issues. GSLRN was established in 2023 through the University of Aberdeen’s Pump Prime Funding and hosted its inaugural colloquium titled ‘Exploring the Nexus Between Energy, Food Security and Climate Change in Africa’ on 24 July 2023. Although based in the School of Law, University of Aberdeen, GSLRN is a diverse network in terms of its expertise and research focus. In furtherance of its objective, in 2023, GSLRN submitted a written evidence in response to the Call by the United Kingdom (UK) - African Partnerships for Just Energy Transitions in Africa. The written evidence analysed the complexities of transition to clean energy within the context of the Just Transition Principles. As the effects of our multifaceted global challenges continue to unfold, GSLRN remains committed to interrogating these challenges from Global South perspectives.

Network Conveners

Network Activities


Translating Legal Research into Law Policy in Africa.

Speaker:  Professor Engobo Emeseh, Head of the Law School, University of Bradford.

Date: Wednesday, 8 November 2023. Time: 11:00 – 12:00. Venue: Taylor C49.

Speaker Bio: vProfessor Engobo Emeseh is the Head of Law School at the University of Bradford. She has extensive experience in higher education both within and outside the UK. Professor Emeseh has led the development of innovative market-relevant degree schemes, portfolio reviews, and diversification of delivery formats to cater to a wide audience, maximise resources, and improve the student learning experience, including external engagement and skills development. Engobo obtained her PhD from the Centre for Energy Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy, University of Dundee.  She graduated with a first-class from the Nigeria Law School and a Distinction from the University of Wales Cardiff. She is a former British Council Chevening Scholar and a Ford Foundation (IFP) doctoral fellow. Prior to her academic career, she practised as a barrister and solicitor in Nigeria, having been called to the Nigerian Bar.

Exploring the Nexus Between Energy, Food Security and Climate Change in Africa.  

Date: Monday, 24 July 2023.

Venue: Hybrid Event. On-Campus venue: King’s College Building (KCF7).

Blurb: As the world strives to reduce carbon emissions, Africa seems to be caught in between the impending transition to low-carbon energy sources and the attempt to meet surging energy demands. Additionally, it is no longer news that Africa is facing severe food insecurity. The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and the African Union (AU) note that over 190 million people in Africa are affected by food crises on the continent. While there are socio-economic and political reasons for food insecurity, research reveals that energy crises and climate change are major drivers. This project seeks to contribute to addressing the complex and interconnected challenges of energy security, food insecurity and climate change.  Funded by the University of Aberdeen’s Internal Pump-Prime Fund, the objective of this project is to launch the Global South Research Law Network with a vision to design an energy, food and climate governance transformation strategy that is tailored to the needs and realities of countries in Africa. 



Written Evidence for New Policy Inquiry: UK-African Partnerships for Just Energy Transitions in Africa.