Dr Synda Obaji

Dr Synda Obaji

Birmingham Law School
Teaching Fellow

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Birmingham Law School
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Synda Obaji is a Teaching Fellow at Birmingham Law School. Her research relates to environmental justice and sustainability, environmental governance issues, and human rights; and her work on Internal Displacement in Nigeria has been cited by the United Nations Human Rights Council.


  • LLB (Hons) - (University of Calabar, Nigeria).
  • BL - (Barrister and Solicitor, Nigeria)
  • LLM in Environmental Law and Policy (Distinction) - (University of Kent)
  • PhD in Law (University of Birmingham)


Synda graduated as valedictorian from the University of Calabar- Nigeria where she obtained her law degree with First Class Honours. She holds an LLM (with Distinction) in Environmental Law and Policy from the University of Kent and a PhD in law from the University of Birmingham. Synda is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria and a former Commonwealth Scholar (2013-2014).

Synda taught law at the University of Calabar and represented clients in Nigerian courts prior to joining the Birmingham Law School. As a Doctoral Researcher in the Birmingham Law School, she was a Teaching Associate before taking up the role of Teaching Fellow. She is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


  • Contract Law
  • Tort Law
  • Commercial and Tax Law
  • Legal Communication and Writing
  • Company Law


Synda’s research interests are in the fields of Environmental Law, Energy Law and Human Rights. Her doctoral research examined the procedural foundations upon which environmental injustices are formed through the instrumentality of environmental impact assessments. Her current research is concerned with the relationship between human rights and the environment.


  • E. Alobo and S. Obaji, ‘Constitutional Right to Healthy Environment as a Panacea for Sustainable Development’ (2016) 19(2) The Nigerian Law Journal 244.
  • Eni Alobo and Synda Obaji,Internal Displacement in Nigeria and the Case for Human Rights Protection of Displaced Persons (2016) 51 Journal of Law, Policy and Globalization 26.
  • E. Alobo, J. Adams, and S. Obaji, ‘The ICJ’s Decision on Bakassi Peninsula in Retrospect: A True Evaluation of the History, Issues and Critique of the Judgment’ (2016) 6(10) International Journal of Humanities and Social Science 108. 
  • S. Obaji, ‘Emissions Trading: The Best Policy Tool for the Environment or the Most Convenient for Man?’ (2013 – 2015) 16 The Calabar Law Journal 338.
  • A. Emwanta, S. Obaji, and B. Egbelo, ‘Executive Immunity in Nigeria: A Critical Analysis of its Operation, Scope and Relevance’ (2011) 15 The Calabar Law Journal 125.

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