Philip Ebosetale Oamen

Philip Ebosetale Oamen

Birmingham Law School
Doctoral researcher

Contact details


  • LLM (with Distinction), Ambrose Alli University, Nigeria
  • BL (First Class Honours), Nigerian Law School
  • LLB  


Philip is a 2009 recipient of the Nigerian Law School Prize for students who completed the Bar Final Examination with First Class Honours.  He had earlier obtained an LL. B degree in the Second-Class Upper Division category in 2008. In 2015, Philip completed his master’s degree programme with distinction and as the best graduating student in the LL.M class of that year.

Upon his Call to the Nigerian Bar in 2009, Philip practised with reputable law firms in Nigeria (including Paul Usoro & Co) where he had extensive experience as a Court-room Advocate.  He was a part of the legal team that successfully defended several State Governors and Senators from the Elections Petitions Tribunal up to the Supreme Court of Nigeria. He also worked in cutting-edge corporate law practice where he represented several multi-national companies and commercial banks in court and other adjudicatory tribunals.

In the year 2012, Philip returned to academic life, taking up an appointment as a Law Lecturer at the Ambrose Alli University, Nigeria with teaching/research interests in International Human Rights Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, Law of Evidence, Environmental Law, Law of Contract and Labour Law. For two consecutive academic sessions, Philip was the recipient of the Most Student-oriented Lecturer Award as instituted by the Ambrose Alli University Law Students’ Association.

Since he commenced his Ph.D programme at the University of Birmingham in January 2018, Philip has continued his teaching and research work. He currently works as a Visiting Lecturer-in-Law at the Birmingham City University where he teaches Company Law and Contract Law. He also serves as a Teaching Associate at the University of Birmingham Law School where he teaches Public Law, having previously taught Contract Law and Banking and Financial Services Law. Also, Philip has previously served as a Law Academic Tutor in the University’s Access to Birmingham Programme as well as a Law Lecturer at the Warwickshire College Group (Royal Leamington Spa College).


  • Public Law

Doctoral research

PhD title
Realisation of Economic and Social Rights in Nigeria: The Role of International Cooperation and Assistance.
Dr Ben Warwick and Dr Meghan Campbell
Law PhD / PhD by Distance Learning / MPhil / MJur


The central issue which Philip’s research interrogates is the efficacy of constitutionalisation and judicialisation in the practical realisation of Economic and Social Rights(ESR).  His research explores the need to rethink constitutionalisation and judicialisation which have often come up short in delivering ESR.  His thesis therefore designs a national and international cooperation model that would lead to a real-world delivery of the promises of ESR. The thesis adopts a Third World Approach to International Law (TWAIL) to argue that, there are normative and jurisprudential grounds for developing countries, including Nigeria, to seek and obtain international cooperation and assistance from developed countries in the former’s bid to realise ESR.

Source of funding: Ambrose Alli University TETFUND

Other activities

Editorial/Leadership Experience:

1. Former Deputy Convenor, Birmingham Law School Global Legal Studies Group
2. Former Editorial Reviewer: Ambrose Alli University Law Journal;
3. Former Assistant Secretary: Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), AAU Branch;
4. Former Member: ASUU National Committee on Ethics, Grievances and Crisis Management; and
5. Former Staff Adviser: Law Students’ Association (LAWSA).

Professional Membership:

• Higher Education Academy
• Law and Society Association
• Society of Legal Scholars
• Socio-Legal Studies Association
• British Institute of International and Comparative Law
• Global Business and Human Rights Scholars’ Association
• Nigerian Association of Law Teachers
• Nigerian Bar Association

Online presence:

Conference Presentations

  • P.E. Oamen, ‘The Right to Health in Nigeria: The Prospects of a Dialogic Approach’ presented at the Law and Society Association’s Annual Conference held in Washington DC from 29 May to 02 June 2019.
  • P.E. Oamen, ‘Justiciability of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Nigeria: A Call to Follow Global Trends’ in the Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Science Studies (ICISSS 2016) held at the University of Oxford, St. Anne’s College, Oxford, United Kingdom from 14 to 16 November 2016, 89-96
  • E.E. Akhigbe, A. Adekanle, P.E. Oamen, etal, ‘100 Years of Customary Law and Disputes Settlement in Nigeria – A Comment’ in the Proceedings of the 47th Annual Conference of the Nigerian Association of   Law Teachers (NALT) held at the Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki from 02   to 06 June 2014, 471-488


Journal articles:

  • P.E. Oamen, ‘Grant of Presidential Pardon in the United States and Nigeria: Posthumousness, Corporateness  and other Matters‘(2020)Commonwealth Law Bulletin, DOI: 10.1080/03050718.2020.1795899.
  • P.E. Oamen, ‘Revisiting the Power of Pardon in Pre-conviction Cases: A Critique of Federal Republic of Nigeria v Achida & Anor’ (2020)4(1) The Appellate Review Journal, 17-32.
  • P.E. Oamen, ‘Realisation of the Right to Health in Nigeria: The Prospects of a Dialogic Approach’ (2020), available at SSRN: .
  • P.E. Oamen & O.A. Arebamen, ‘Innovative Features of the Fundamental Rights (Enforcement Procedure) Rules of 2009: An Appraisal’ (2018) 1(1) The Benin Bar Journal 248-271.
  • P.E. Oamen & P. Aigbokhan, ‘Customary Law Arbitration in Nigeria: An Appraisal of some Contending Issues’ (2018) 1(1) The Benin Bar Journal 214-247.
  • M.I. Anushiem & P.E. Oamen, ‘Nigerian Employees’ Compensation Act 2010: Issues Arising’ (2017) 1 African Journal of Constitutional and Administrative Law (AJCAL) 53-63.
  • P.E. Oamen & O.A. Arebamen, ‘Democracy in Africa: The Challenges to the Implementation of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance’ (2016) 2(1) The Academic Horizon 24-40.
  • A.A. Tijani & P.E. Oamen, ‘Global Best Practices on Disability Rights: What Lesson for Nigeria?’  (2016) 4(1) Adekunle Akungba University Law Journal 37-56.
  • P.I. Iweoha, P.E. Oamen,etal, ‘Longe v. First Bank of Nigeria Plc: Views in Support of the Supreme Court Decision’ (2016) 4(1) Madonna University Law Journal 76-89.
  • A. Adekanle & P.E. Oamen, ‘HIV/AIDS, the Law and the Human Rights Question:  Taming Discriminatory Practices’ (2015) 7 The Justice Journal of the Federal Ministry of Justice 216-243.
  • A.O. Arebamen & P.E. Oamen, ‘The Impact of Counter-Terrorism Laws on the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms’ (2015) 11 Nnamdi Azikiwe University Law Journal (UNIZIK) Law Journal 240-260.
  • A.A. Tijani & P.E. Oamen, ‘A Refreshing Perspective on the Means of Proof of Contents of Public Documents under the Nigerian Law’(2015) 1(2)  Journal of Commercial, Private and Industrial Law, Madonna University 228-253.
  • P.E. Oamen, ‘Judicial Attitude towards Entitlement to practise Law in Nigeria vis-à-vis the Competence of Court Processes signed by Law Firms’ (2015) 4 University of Benin Journal of Private and Property Law 42-63.
  • P.E. Oamen & M.I. Anushiem, ‘An Appraisal of the Legal Regime on the Right to Compensation for Environmental Pollution in Nigeria (2014) 1(4) Energy Law Review (ENLR) 34-61
  • A. Agbator  &  P.E. Oamen, ‘Thoughts on the Constitutionality of the Recent Deportation of Some Citizens based on the Indigeneship Controversy in Nigeria’ in  Idada, W. & Rilwani, M.L. (eds), Governance, Peace and Security in Africa  (Benin City: Ambik Press Ltd., 2014), pages 311 – 326
  • E.E. Akhigbe, A. Agbator, D.O. Ejere  & P.E. Oamen, ‘A Critical Examination of the Major Changes heralded by the Evidence Act 2011’ (2014) 9(1) Ambrose Alli University Law Journal 138-159.
  • P.E.Oamen, ‘The Fate of Human Rights in a period of State of Emergency in Nigeria’  (2013) 3 The Nigerian National Human Rights Commission Journal (NNHRCJ) 230 – 259.
  • P.E. Oamen & A.A. Tijani, ‘The Constitutional Jurisdiction of the National Industrial Court: The Unsettled Exclusiveness Question’ (2013) 3(1) Ambrose Alli University LawJournal l-18.

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