Synda Obaji

Synda Obaji

Birmingham Law School
Doctoral researcher

Contact details



  • LLB (Hons)
  • BL
  • LLM


I obtained a First Class degree in Law from the University of Calabar, Calabar – Nigeria, and graduated as Best Student both of the Faculty of Law and University of Calabar. I proceeded to the Nigerian Law School and was called to the Nigerian Bar as Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. I also studied Environmental Law and Policy (LLM) at the University of Kent, where I graduated with a Distinction and won the prestigious Oxford University Law Prize for Academic Excellence.

I am a Lecturer at the University of Calabar, Calabar – Nigeria and I serve as Volunteer in not-for-profit organizations in Nigeria.

Doctoral research

PhD title
Access to Justice in Environmental Cases in Nigeria
Dr Walters Nsoh and Professor Robert Lee
Law PhD / PhD by Distance Learning / MPhil / MJur


My research focuses on Access to Justice in Environmental Cases with a view to eliminating barriers to  its effectiveness. I argue against a restricted view of access to justice in environmental matters and seek its recognition not only in terms of access to courts, but also in relation to the  recognition of substantive environmental rights which are not anthropocentric. 

Source of Funding: Birmingham Law School Doctoral Scholarship

Other activities

  • Member, Nigerian Association of Law Teachers
  • Volunteer, One Game Campaign - Nigeria.
  • Volunteer, Women-in-Detention Rights Initiative - Nigeria.