Menes Abinami Muzan

Menes Abinami Muzan

Birmingham Law School
Doctoral researcher

Contact details

Qualifications

  • LLM in Environmental Law (SOAS, University of London)
  • BL (Nigerian Law School, Abuja)
  • LLB (Rivers State University, Port Harcourt) 

Biography

Menes is a Doctoral Researcher in the Birmingham Law School. His research relates primarily to international, comparative and transnational environmental law with particular reference to regulatory and institutional reforms in Nigeria. Before starting his Doctoral studies in October 2018, he was a Lecturer I in the Department of Public law, Faculty of Law, University of Port Harcourt, where he also doubled as the Research Editor for the UNIPORT Journal of Public Law, an annual refereed journal published by the Department of Public Law. He is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria and he holds an LLB from Rivers State University, Port Harcourt and an LLM in Environmental Law from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.

Menes served in other non-teaching capacities at the Faculty level and University-wide, including as a member of the Faculty of Law Central Planning Committee for the National Universities Commission (NUC) resource verification and the Council of Legal Education (CLE) accreditation visits in January 2016 and March 2017, respectively. He was a member of the Centre for Continuing Education-Faculty of Law Diploma Admissions Committee from 2014 – 2018, and was elected as a member of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), UNIPORT Branch Committee on the review of Students’ Handbook and Staff conditions of service between April and June 2018. In addition, he served as the Ward Supervisory Presiding Officer (ad hoc staff) for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Rivers State during the 2015 Nigerian general elections.  

In September 2018, he was awarded the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) Academic Staff Training and Development (AST&D) intervention fund to undertake a PhD and in addition he received the Horizon Award for postgraduate teachers by HEFi, University of Birmingham for completing the Introduction to Learning and Teaching modules for postgraduate teachers in March 2019. Menes has published on several aspects of environmental law scholarship in leading peer-reviewed journals. His thesis builds on his recent (co-authored) publication, U Etemire and M A Muzan ‘Public Participation and Socio-economic Justice in Eco-restoration Law and Governance: The UN Environment–Ogoniland Case Study’ in A Akhtar-Khavari and B J Richardson (eds), Ecological Restoration Law: Concepts and Case Studies (Routledge 2019). Menes is a member of several professional associations and learned societies.

Doctoral research

PhD title
Oil Spill Remediation in the Niger Delta: Ecological Restoration Law as an Alternative Approach?
Supervisors
Dr Walters Nsoh and Dr Aleksandra Cavoski
Course
Law PhD / PhD by Distance Learning / MPhil / MJur

Research

The thesis investigates some best practice standards in oil spill remediation governance and explores how and to what extents emerging concepts in ecological restoration law can be applied to legal and governance reforms in the Nigerian context. The thesis will highlight the prospects and challenges of ecological restoration law concepts as both normative ideals and practical governance strategies for addressing oil-related remediation concerns and critically evaluates the character and impact of current regulations and other governance mechanisms for the restoration of degraded ecosystems in the Niger Delta region.   

Source of funding: Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Academic Staff Training and Development (AST&D) intervention fund. Award value: ₦47.67 million (GBP Equivalent: £102,793). 

Other activities

  • Supervising Tutor, Access to Birmingham (A2B) Scheme.
  • Supporting Invigilator, University of Birmingham Exams Office.  

Membership of professional associations

  • Member, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Port Harcourt.
  • Member, Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA) United Kingdom.
  • Member, Society of Legal Scholars (SLS) United Kingdom and Ireland.
  • Member, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) University of Port Harcourt.
  • Member, Nigerian Association of Law Teachers (NALT) University of Port Harcourt.

Research profiles

Publications

Chapter in edited book (refereed)

  • U Etemire and M A Muzan ‘Public Participation and Socio-economic Justice in Eco-restoration Law and Governance: The UN Environment–Ogoniland Case Study’ in A Akhtar-Khavari and B J Richardson (eds), Ecological Restoration Law: Concepts and  Case Studies (Routledge 2019) 192

Journal articles (refereed)

  • U Etemire and M A Muzan ‘Governance and Regulatory Strategies beyond the State: Stakeholder Participation and the Ecological Restoration of Ogoniland’ (2017) 26(2) Griffith Law Review 275 (Special Issue: ‘Ecological Restoration and the Law: Recovering Nature’s Past for the Future’)
  • M A Muzan ‘Some Insights on the Legal Measures for Access and Benefit Sharing of Genetic Resources in Nigeria’ (2017) 50(1) VRÜ Verfassung und Recht in Übersee [Law and Politics in Africa, Asia and Latin America] 30

Book reviews (refereed)

  • M A Muzan ‘Compliance and Enforcement of Environmental Law (Volume IV, Elgar Encyclopedia of Environmental Law)’ LeRoy C Paddock, David L Markell & Nicholas S Bryner (eds), [Edward Elgar 2017] (2019) 8(1) Transnational Environmental Law 202
  • M A Muzan ‘Law and Practice on Public Participation in Environmental Matters: The Nigerian Example in Transnational Comparative Perspective’ Uzuazo Etemire [Routledge 2016] (2018) 27(3) Review of European, Comparative and International Environmental Law 348 (Special Issue: ‘Plastics Regulation’)