Joseph Onele (Joseph) brings on board, cutting-edge legal expertise and wealth of experience in the legal services industry, having served leading multinationals, stakeholders and industry leaders in different parts of the world. Joseph cut his teeth in legal practice, at one of the top tier law firms in Africa. An energy, corporate and commercial law specialist at Bloomfield Law Practice, Joseph routinely advises on complex as well as market-defining corporate, commercial transactions, Energy and Natural Resources Law and is highly recommended by The Legal 500, for his cutting-edge cum in-depth legal expertise and insightful analysis of complex legal issues.
In addition to being a finance and projects lawyer with experience in energy (power, oil and gas inclusive), natural resources, infrastructure, banking, finance, and tax advisory, Joseph has significant experience in advising International Oil Companies, Indigenous Oil Companies, commercial banks, development finance institutions (DFIs), startup firms, multinational and international corporations as well as international organizations. He recently led the team that advised the European Investment Bank on certain aspects of Nigerian law and led the team that consulted for Federal House of Representatives of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Apart from being routinely approached by peer reviewed Journals to write on contemporary legal issues having authored and co-authored scholarly publications in reputable law journals. Joseph serves as a peer reviewer for the Journal of African Law (Cambridge University Press) and Journal of International Dispute Settlement (Oxford University Press). He is a Contributing Writer with The Arctic Institute (Washington DC, USA) and contributes weekly to The Arctic This Weekly, the flagship publication of The Arctic Institute.
At different times, Joseph has been engaged by the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators to conduct intensive research on contemporary legal issues in oil and gas exploration and production, energy security, maritime boundary disputes, oil spillage and indigenous peoples. He also routinely reviews scholarly publications made to the Journal of International Dispute Settlement published by the Oxford University Press covering area such as international commercial and investment arbitration, international dispute settlement, proceedings before the Law of the Sea Tribunal as well as the Permanent Court of Arbitration, international negotiation and mediation.
Joseph also contributes to the Kluwer Arbitration Blog on topics ranging from international arbitration to contemporary issues in domestic arbitration. He recently published an article in the Journal of International Dispute Settlement (Oxford University Press) titled “Revisiting Unilateral Exploitation of Mineral Resources in Disputed Water under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea: Any New Matter Arising?” and in the Oil, Gas and Energy Law (OGEL) Intelligence titled “Impact Benefit Agreement and Indigenous Peoples Rights: Any New Lessons from Canada?”