Olukunle Davis Oke

Olukunle Davis Oke

Birmingham Law School
Doctoral researcher

Contact details


  • LLB (Obafemi Awolowo University)
  • BL (Barrister and Solicitor, Nigeria)
  • LLM in International Commercial Law (University of Birmingham)


I obtained my Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria in 2010. Between 2010 and 2011, I attended the Nigerian Law School and was subsequently called to the Nigerian Bar as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court in 2012. During my time at the law school, I interned at the shipping and admiralty law firm of Femi Atoyebi (S.A.N)* and Co and later joined the firm as an associate upon my admission to the bar.

In pursuit of my interests in the fields of shipping law, international investment law and energy law, I undertook and was awarded an LLM in International Commercial Law at the University of Birmingham in 2013. I afterwards worked at the law firm of Nathaniel Oke (S.A.N)* as an associate, with a focus in the fields of investment law, energy law, shipping and litigation.

*(S.A.N – Senior Advocate of Nigeria serves as the equivalent of the QC rank in Nigeria)

Doctoral research

PhD title
Towards Limiting Treaty Shopping in International Investment Law and Arbitration: A Critical Analysis of the Effectiveness of the Denial of Benefits Clause.
Professor Robert Lee and Professor Robert Cryer
Law PhD / PhD by Distance Learning / MPhil / MJur


The central aim of my research is the analysis of the effectiveness of the denial of benefits clause as an in-treaty mechanism for limiting the practice of treaty shopping in the international investment law regime. The introduction and reliance on the denial of benefits clause by states in their investment treaties and before arbitral tribunals was and is considered as wholesome by many in a regime increasingly antagonized for its purported bias and lopsidedness in favour of the investor.  

However, in the light of recent and still evolving jurisprudence on the clause, it is imperative to consider whether the clause is dead on arrival or indeed has the potential of infusing balance and predictability in the regime of international investment law and arbitration. 

Other activities

  • Member, British Institute of International and Comparative Law