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Tonye Oki

Environmental and Natural Resources Law

Adjunct Professor

L.L.M., University of Denver Sturm College of Law (2006); Scholastic Excellence Award
B.L. (Barrister-at-Law), Nigerian Law School (2004)
L.L.B., Ambrose Alli University (2003); Honors

Attorney at Law Colorado
Attorney at Law New York
Barrister and Solicitor at Law Nigeria

Tonye Oki is an attorney who hails from Nigeria. He obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB) in 2003 from the Ambrose Alli University, Edo State – Nigeria where he graduated with honors and was ranked amongst the top 5% of his class. He continued his legal education at the Nigerian Law School where he successfully obtained his Barrister-at-Law (BL.) license and was enlisted as a Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in September 2004. In November 2004, he was professionally certified by the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators as a Chartered Mediator (ChMC) and in March of 2005, he became professionally certified as an Arbitrator by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators of the United Kingdom. He is professionally certified in Corporate Governance and Corporate Secretarial Practice by the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of the United Kingdom. He obtained his Master of Laws (LLM) degree in Environment and Natural Resources Law & Policy with a specialization in Energy Law and Policy in 2006 from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law with scholastic excellence. He holds an unrestricted license to Practice law in Nigeria, New York and Colorado

Tonye Oki began his career in the field of human rights in 1997 when he joined the Ambrose Alli University (AAU) Chapter of the Committee for Defense of Human Rights (CDHR). In 1999, he was appointed Chairman of the CDHR AAU. In that capacity he was profoundly involved in the protection of the rights of the child, community dispute resolution, environmental protection and in the representation and counseling of indigent clients in the community. He received several awards and accolades from community leaders and professional organizations for his work at the CDHR. He was also vigorously involved in the campaign against HIV/AIDS as a UNICEF peer educator where he made tremendous impact in the Local Government Area of Karu, Nassarawa State, Nigeria – earning a United Nations Children’s Fund recognition for his outstanding performance in the protection of children.

Barrister Oki began his legal career in the environment and natural resources law realm in 2004. Since 2006, he has been heavily involved in hydrocarbons transactions and natural resource negotiations. Notable amongst his achievements are his formulation of policies that transformed environmental regulations of corporations from obscurity to comprehensibility; his enforcement of sustainable development policies for a corporation which dramatically transformed its image from a state of aversion to a state of adoration; and his successful negotiation of various natural resources agreements worldwide.

Tonye Oki is currently the Executive Vice President and Chief International Contracts Negotiator for the Grynberg Petroleum Company, a multinational, multibillion dollar corporation headquartered in Denver, Colorado. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law in the Environment and Natural Resources Law Graduate Program at the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law where he teaches the graduate level law courses of International & Comparative Petroleum Law; and, Negotiating Natural Resources Agreements. He is also a visiting Professor to many other higher institutions in the United States.