Olayinka Lewis
First Name: Olayinka
Surname: Lewis
Position: Lecturer
Telephone: +44 (0) 1224 263181

Duties and Responsibilities

Olayinka Lewis is a lecturer in the Law School and an English qualified solicitor. He has a range of responsibilities. These include;

  • Module Co-ordinator for Oil & Gas Law (ODL & FT)
  • Co-Module Co-ordinator for Law of Obligations
  • Developed and Module Co-ordinate Immigration Law
  • Developed and Module Co-ordinate Law in Community
  • Module Tutor for Arbitration Law
  • Module Tutor for Legal Systems Skills and Concepts
  • Visiting Lecturer (2015 – 2019), Groupe ESC Clermont, Clermont Graduate School of Management, France
  • Dissertation Supervisor at UG and PG level
  • Responsible for running the Law Clinic. The Law Clinic provides free legal advice to eligible clients
  • A range of other teaching and admin responsibilities

Academic Background

Olayinka holds an LLB (Hons) degree and an LLM in Oil and Gas Law. He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). Olayinka is in the final year of his part-time PhD program at the University of Aberdeen. Olayinka’s PhD focuses on the conflicts associated with land and mineral ownership in multi-legal systems.

Olayinka is qualified to practice as a solicitor in 2 jurisdictions. He joined the Law School as a full-time lecturer  2014. Before joining the Law School, ‘Yinka worked as a solicitor for a number of years within the UK and abroad in various areas of law including; petroleum law, commercial law, civil litigation, family law and immigration and nationality law. He also worked in the non-profit sector for a major international organisation.

Research Interests

Olayinka’s research interests include;

  • Oil, Gas and Energy law
  • Conflicts associated with mineral ownership
  • Land rights within minority groups
  • Decommissioning of oil and gas installations
  • Immigration and Nationality Law
  • Refugee Law
  • Migration Studies

Professional Memberships

  • Member, Law Society for England & Wales
  • Member, Energy Institute
  • Member, Society of Legal Scholars
  • Member, Socio-Legal Studies Association
  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy


Conference Papers

  • 2015: Speaker: ‘Examining Article 1 of the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees: Does it go far enough?’, Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference, Migration Law Section, University of Warwick, Warwick, UK, 31 March to 2 April 2015
  • 2015: Speaker: ‘Maritime Boundary Delimitation and the Ownership of Hydrocarbon Resources. Issues in Relation to Exploration and Production Activities’, Energy Law Section, The Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, University of York, York, UK, 8 – 10 September 2015
  • 2017: Speaker: ‘Brexit and the Implications for Scotland: A Way Forward’, Migration Law Section, The Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, University College Dublin, Dublin, Republic of Ireland, 5 – 7 September 2017
  • 2018: Speaker: ‘ Legal Pluralism and Land Ownership’, Section on Legal Theory, The Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, Queen Mary University, London, UK, 4 – 6 September 2018

Journal Articles

  • “The Migrant Crisis and Refugee Law in Scotland”, (2016) 466 SCOLAG Legal Journal 152 with Dr Paul Arnell

Book Chapters

  • “Immigration and Employment Law” in S Middlemiss and M Downie, Employment Law in Scotland, Bloomsbury Professional 3rd Ed (London 2020) Chapter 17, 733 – 762.