Research PG



Ilias is conducting a research for his PhD with focus on international arbitration of energy and natural resources disputes, especially in connection with public participation and social licence to operate in investment arbitration. He obtained an LLM (with Distinction) in Energy and Environmental Law, at the University of Aberdeen, on a scholarship awarded by the School of Law of the University of Aberdeen. He is currently on a merit scholarship for his PhD which was also awarded by the School of Law, University of Aberdeen. Ilias had proviously obtained an LLB from University of Ilorin, Nigeria, in 2013 and he was subsequently called to the Nigerian Bar in 2014. He has practised in Nigeria, in the areas of litigation, commercial arbitration and commercial law, for a number of years.


  • LLM Energy and Environmental Law 
    2020 - University of Aberdeen 
    Distinction, including an 'A' grade in Dissertation
  • BL Barrister at Law 
    2014 - Nigerian Law School 
    Second Class (Upper Division)
  • LLB Common and Islamic Law 
    2013 - University of Ilorin 
    First Class

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships

President, AIPN Club, University of Aberdeen

Member and Social Director, Law Research Society, University of Aberdeen.

PGR Member, Aberdeen University Centre for Energy Law.

PGR Member, Centre for Commercial Law, University of Aberdeen 

External Memberships

Associate member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK, Nigerian branch.

Member, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).

Member, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN).


Prizes and Awards

Nomination for award of excellence (best Class Rep category) University of Aberdeen (2021)

Best Graduating Student, Faculty of Law, University of Ilorin (2013)

Award of Excellence by the Iganna Patriots, Iwajowa Local Government Area, Oyo State, Nigeria (2013)

Best Counsel, Justice FF Tabia (JSC) National Moot Court and Mock Trial Competition, Magna Curia Chambers, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria (2011).  


Teaching Responsibilities

(i) Tutorial Classes in LS1520 (Contract Law)

(ii) One special class in LS552Z (International Arbitration: Energy & Natural Resources), to provide guidance to the LLM students on how to write legal essays