Generally, the conference hopes to address or answer some pertinent questions as they relate to oil and Human Rights. And, in essence, it will explore
the inextricable links between the actions of states, private entities, and civil society in the dynamics of resource-abundance, resource-laden conflict, and human rights abuses; namely the resource curse theory, the theory of accumulation by dispossession, as well as radical materialism.
More recently, the crisis has taken a new turn with increasing criminalization of the conflict, leading to questions as to why the problem is seemingly spiralling out of control. The spate of criminality (and possible external links to this phenomenon) has given rise to the question around the implications that the Niger Delta problem has for international (regional and global) peace and security. Also worth probing is how the Nigerian government can (re)gain the initiative in finding sustainable solutions to the problem. The proposed conference seeks to provide answers to these and other pertinent questions through rigorous debate but collaborative engagement by academics, civil society actors, government officials/policy makers, representatives of oil-producing communities and those of multinational companies.
Professor Victor Ojakorotu
North West University, Mafikeng Campus
South Africa 2735
Phone: +27 18 389 2259
Fax: +27 086 556 0368 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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