Lanlate, Oyo State, Nigeria
Oladiwura Eyitayo grew up in Nigeria inspired by her father’s career as a lawyer. Years later, she decided to follow in his footsteps. After earning her law degree from the University of Lagos in 2013, she practiced at two law firms in that city. Oladiwura came to the Schulich School of Law in 2016 to earn her master’s; she’s now in her second year as a PhD candidate. When she was home in December of 2017 she married Leye, a medical doctor, who joined her in Halifax in March of 2018.
Why did you choose the Schulich School of Law?
I was interested in international tax law, and I discovered a couple of articles written by Professor Kim Brooks. I emailed her to tell her my research interest, and she encouraged me to apply. I knew I’d have to travel to get experience in this area of law, so I looked at Canada and the U.K. Professor Brooks was a great motivation for me coming here, and I also got scholarships.
What makes Schulich Law special?
Every young researcher needs a supportive and conducive environment to be able to undertake meaningful research. That is what the Schulich School of Law Graduate Program offers. The faculty are experts in their respective fields, so they are able to guide graduate students in their research in a very supportive way.
What kinds of opportunities are available to graduate students here?
There are numerous opportunities to hone our research and writing skills through the seminar classes. We have access to great workspaces and research resources. Through the Dalhousie Law Graduate Society, we can connect with one another and promote our interests both within and outside the law school.
What are you getting from your law school experience?
I’m getting great support from my professors. It’s wonderful to have someone here on the ground that you can rub minds with. Professor Olabisi Akinkugbe is my supervisor, and Professor Brooks and [former Schulich Law Professor] Geoffrey Loomer are on my thesis committee. My goal is to defend my thesis in 2020.
How do you like living in Halifax?
It’s a very quiet city with beautiful people. Everyone is ready to help you. My husband and I have become happy permanent residents.
What are your future plans?
I’m a policy person. I want to develop international tax policies to work for developing countries. I like to look at loopholes in laws and structures to improve the lives of the people in these countries. Part of my research work is to propose practical reforms to international tax agreements between developed and developing countries on the basis of inter-nation equity.
Currently, I’m researching on the role that the United Nations can play in co-ordinating tax with the UN’s Sustainable Development Agenda.