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Durham Law School

Staff Profiles

Mrs Oludara Awolalu

Member of the Durham Law School

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Oludara began her PhD study at the University of Durham in October 2013. She completed her LLM in International Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation graduating with a Distinction from the University of Warwick in 2012. She was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2010 and is a qualified Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. She is also a qualified Chartered Secretary with the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria. Prior to her LLM study, Oludara worked as a State Counsel at the Ministry of Justice, Ogun State where she specialized in Criminal Litigation. Oludara is currently a tutor at the Durham Law School where she teaches legal skills and contract law modules.

Current Research

Under the supervision of Mr Chris Riley and Professor Mathias Siems, Oludara’s current research explores the enforcement of corporate law in Nigeria. While Nigeria has a body of substantive laws which are sufficient to ensure a reasonable level of corporate governance, enforcement is significantly low. Therefore, the problem with Nigeria's corporate law and governance lies not with the substantive laws themselves, but with their enforcement. Oludara's research therefore seeks to look beyond the formulation of legal rules to the enforcement mechanisms necessary for proper implementation of corporate governance. Her research critically analyses the various regimes for enforcement of corporate law in Nigeria, identifying their strengths and weaknesses. In doing this, she draws some empirical evidence from the UK and Australia. Her research aims to develop and propose an enforcement regime which has the potential to significantly enhance the overall effectiveness of enforcement of corporate law in Nigeria. 

Research Interests

Corporate Law.

Corporate Governance.

Enforcement Mechanisms.

Conference Papers

  • Awolalu, O (2014), The Role of Shareholder Activism in Resolving the Agency Problem, The Purpose of Commercial Law ICCL Postgraduate Conference, Durham University Law School. Durham, England.
  • Awolalu, O (2014), The Role of Statutory Derivative Claims in Enforcing Corporate Governance, Exploring Legal Boundaries in Modern Society, North East PGR Law Forum Conference. Newcastle, England.


Journal Article