EMLF General Fund Scholarship recipient Chinonso Anozie of Dallas is a graduate student at the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.

He grew up in southeastern Nigeria, where he began his education and law career. As a child, he watched his mother cook over firewood and use a charcoal iron on his school clothes – cementing his decision to find practical solutions to delivering energy to the Global South.

On scholarship, he attended the University of Oklahoma College of Law, graduating top of his class in 2016, with the thesis “Combining Monopoly and Competition in the Energy Sectors of Developing Economies, A Malediction to Economic Development,” which he is currently reworking for publication.

“The research topic was provoked by the constant but casual mention of the resource curse as the bane of energy sectors in developing countries and, by extension, the remote cause of economic retrogression and poverty,” Anozie said. “I instantly questioned this assertion because, in my view abundance of natural resources is not exclusive to the Global South. Canada, United States, Russia, and Norway have abundant natural resources and huge oil and gas reserves but with different outcomes. They are world superpowers. Why the disparate impact?”

In 2018, Anozie began his studies at the Dedman School of Law. His doctorate research included the history of US economic sanctions, their effectiveness and exterritoriality factor, and the implications for US domestic oil companies with international oil and gas obligations. He studied the IPN 2019 Model Farmout agreement, disparate implications under English and American case law and examined oil and gas licenses on federal, native, state, and individual lands in America. It analyzes the conflicts between states and the federal government and examines the impact of oil revenue/rents on fiscal equalization in the United States for a book entitled “Oil Wealth and Federal Conflict in American Petrofederations,” by Elsevier.

Dedman Law School professor John Lowe recommended Anozie to the scholarship committee.

“In many respects, Chinonso is the most accomplished SJD candidate I have ever had; English is his native language, and Nigeria is a common-law system, so his education and experience ‘fit’ nicely,” Lowe said. “He is a fine person with the potential to advance resources law both in his native country and in North America.”

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