Lawrence Dube

Lawrence Dube

Community Environmental Legal Officer

Lawrence Dube joined Natural Justice in September 2023 as the Community Environmental Legal Officer in Nigeria. He has two decades of experience in development practice in Nigeria. His experience spans various areas of expertise in the NGO sector where he has worked with local and international NGOs on diverse programmes such as economic diversification, environmental justice and natural resource governance, business and human rights, youth and community development, child protection, education and human capital development, women and gender equality, human rights and access to justice, sexual and gender based violence, political accountability, local government reforms, legislative advocacy, peace building and conflict transformation, democratic governance and electoral reforms, humanitarian protection in emergencies, and livelihood systems strengthening. He has also worked in the government sector as a Technical Assistant to the Commissioner in the Ministry of Women Affairs in Rivers State (2009-2011).  

He was part of the team of activists that campaigned against Shell Company activities in Ogoni land, and He also volunteered on the local research teams led by Amnesty International on the impact of oil pollution in Ogoni land. He worked with Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development during the Bodo Community case against Shell in a UK Court, which Shell eventually settled out of Court in 2014. He has developed and led multiyear intervention project on conflict, security and stabilization funded by UK/DFID through the British Council/International Alert, and another multiyear project on business and human rights funded by the Dutch Embassy in Nigeria to support community engagements with government and international oil companies to demand corporate accountability and human rights in Nigeria. He has also coordinated state level election observation missions since the 2007 elections in Nigeria. 

His education includes a BA in history and International Studies, MA in African History and Development Studies, MPA in Public Administration and Management, MSc in Peace and Security Studies. He is currently writing his Doctoral Dissertation in Economic and Environmental history at University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

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