Dr Walters Nsoh

Dr Walters Nsoh

Birmingham Law School
Lecturer
Deputy Director of Postgraduate Research (Admissions and Funding)

Contact details

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 3106
Fax
+44 (0)121 414 3585
Email
w.nsoh@bham.ac.uk
Address
Birmingham Law School
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

Dr Walters Nsoh is an expert on environmental law and policy. His work relates primarily to the intersection between property (land) law and environmental law, the legal and policy challenges to nature conservation and the sustainable management of natural resources in developed and developing countries. His work has featured in academic and practitioner publications and he regularly contributes to policy consultations, including contributions to the Law Commission’s report on Conservation Covenants published in June 2014.

Qualifications

  • PG Cert Learning and Teaching (Higher Education) (Anglia Ruskin)
  • PhD Law (Surrey)
  • LLM Environmental Law & Policy (Distinction) (Kent)
  • BSc Environmental Science (Buea)

Biography

Dr Walters Nsoh joined Birmingham Law School in September 2015. Previously, he was a Lecturer in Law at Anglia Ruskin University and a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the University of Dundee Law School, where he worked in collaboration with Prof Colin Reid on an AHRC-funded project, The Privatisation of Biodiversity? He has also served as an intern with the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva and as a Natural Resource Manager/Consultant in Cameroon. He is a former Commonwealth Scholar (2005-2006), and has also received several scholarships and prizes such as the University of Surrey Research Scholarship (2007-2010), the Overseas Research Scholarship Awards (ORSAS) (2007-2010), and the Kent LLM Distinction Prize (2006). He plays an active part in the environmental law community, including roles Associate Editor of the Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy (JSDLP) and as a Senior Fellow of the Institute for Oil, Gas, Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development (OGEES Institute), Afe Babalola University, Nigeria. He is also active in research staff development, including roles as founding Chair of the College of Arts and Social Sciences Research Staff Association (CASSRSA) of the University of Dundee, where he also sat on the University of Dundee Concordat Steering Group. He is a committee member of the UK Research Staff Association (UKRSA), and was the UKRSA nominated member on the Vitae HR Excellence in Research Panel from January 2014 to January 2015.

Teaching

  • Land Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Advanced Property Law
  • LLM: Environmental Energy Law

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Nsoh is happy to supervise well-written research proposals within the following broad areas:

  • Innovative approaches such as conservation covenants, payment for ecosystem services and biodiversity offsets in biodiversity conservation
  • Biodiversity and nature conservation law
  • Property (land) rights, land use, land tenure and livelihoods
  • Forest ownership and sustainability
  • Regulation of natural resources
  • Ecosystem services
  • Indigenous rights

Research

Dr Nsoh’s research and teaching interests relate primarily to the intersection between land and environmental law, and the legal and policy challenges to nature conservation and the sustainable management of natural resources in developed and developing countries. His current research focuses on the use of innovative approaches such as conservation covenants, payment for ecosystem services and biodiversity offsets in biodiversity conservation. Other current research interests include communities’ perception of the idea of property rights in relation to ecosystem services particularly from an indigenous rights perspective.

Other activities

Dr Nsoh is

  • An Associate Editor of the Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy (JSDLP) published by Afe Babalola University Press
  • A Senior Fellow - Food and Agricultural Law with the Institute for Oil, Gas, Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development (OGEES Institute), Afe Babalola University, Nigeria.

He is also a member of the following bodies

  • Society of Legal Scholars (SLS)
  • IUCN Commission on Environmental Law
  • UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA)
  • Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) (Associate member)
  • UK Research Staff Association (UKRSA)

Publications

Books

Journal articles and book chapters

  • W Nsoh, ‘The Legal Status of Customary Land Tenure Systems and the Protection of Communal Property in Cameroon’ in T Xu and A Clarke (eds), Legal Strategies for the Development and Protection of Communal Property (accepted in Proceedings of the British Academy - Oxford University Press 2017)
  • W Nsoh, ‘Customary Land Rights, Indigenous Rights and Land Expropriation in Cameroon: Ecosystem Services as a Possible New Approach in Valuing Compensation’ in T Xu and J Allain (ed), Property and Human Rights in a Global Context (Hart Publishing, 2015).
  • W Nsoh, ‘Critical Linkages between Forest Ownership and Unsustainable Forest Exploitation in Cameroon’ in RT Ako and DS Olawuyi (ed), Food and Agricultural Law: Readings on Sustainable Agriculture and the Law in Nigeria (Afe Babalola University Press 2015).
  • CT Reid and W Nsoh, ‘Project Summary: The Privatisation of Biodiversity? New Approaches to Nature Conservation Law’ (2014) 22 Environmental Liability: Law, Policy and Practice 203-206.
  • CT Reid and W Nsoh, ‘Whose Ecosystem is it Anyway? - Private and Public Rights under New Approaches to Biodiversity Conservation’ (2014) 5 Journal of Human Rights and the Environment 112-135.
  • CT Reid and W Nsoh, ‘Biodiversity Offsetting and Conservation Covenants’ (2013) 25 Environmental Law & Management 93-96.
  • W Nsoh and CT Reid, ‘Privatisation of Biodiversity: Who can sell ecosystem services?’ (2013) 25 Environmental Law & Management 12-20.
  • W Nsoh, ‘Ecosystem Services: a Possible New Approach in the Valuation of Compensation for Land Expropriation in Cameroon,’ (2013) 4 IUCNAEL EJournal 17-34.

Reports

  • CT Reid and W Nsoh, ‘The Privatisation of Biodiversity? New Approaches to Nature Conservation Law’ (2014) Issue 84 UKELA e-law 16-21.
  • CT Reid and W Nsoh, ‘The Privatisation of Biodiversity?’ (Summer 2014) Chartered Forester – Member Magazine for the Institute of Charter Foresters 26-27.
  • CT Reid and W Nsoh, The Privatisation of Biodiversity? New Approaches to Nature Conservation Law (Summary report of an AHRC-funded project examining the legal issues concerning potential new legal mechanisms for the conservation of biodiversity, prepared for policy makers, April 2014, School of Law, University of Dundee).
  • W Nsoh and F Sindico, From Production to Consumption: Legal and Policy Challenges to a New Approach to Climate Change Workshop Report, 30 May 2008 (University of Surrey, Surrey Law Working Paper 03/2009).

Conference papers

  • W Nsoh, Dealing with Property Rights Issues under New Approaches to Nature Conservation. Paper present at the conference on Property and Environmental Values: Towards a Sustainable Land Law, University of Sussex, 30 June 2016 (invited speaker) 
  • W Nsoh, The Legal Status of Customary Land Tenure Systems and the Protection of Communal Property in Cameroon. Paper presented at Workshop on Legal Strategies for the Development and Protection of Communal Property, University of Sheffield, 23-24 May 2016 (invited speaker) 
  • W Nsoh, Land Destitution, Structural Inequalities and Unsustainable Resource Exploitation. Paper presented at Research Workshop on Dealing with Land Destitution and Structural Inequalities in Transitions, Bogota, Colombia 25-27 February 2015 (invited participant).
  • W Nsoh, Property Rights Issues under New Approaches to Nature Conservation. Paper presented at the SLS Annual Conference in Nottingham, 9-12 September 2014.
  • W Nsoh, Payment for Ecosystem Services: Potential and Challenges. Paper presented at the Privatisation of Biodiversity? Conference, University of Dundee, 20 February 2014.
  • W Nsoh, Forest, Land and Climate Change Law Reforms in Cameroon. Paper presented at the International Legal Symposium on Climate Change, Forests and the Law in Africa: Addressing Governance and Research Challenges, University of Cambridge, 9 November 2013 (invited expert speaker).
  • W Nsoh and CT Reid, The Privatisation of Biodiversity? Paper presented at the SLS Annual Conference in Edinburgh, 3-6 September 2013.
  • W Nsoh, Privatisation of Biodiversity: Who can Sell Ecosystem Services? Paper presented at the SLSA Annual Conference in York, 26-28 March 2013.
  • W Nsoh, Indigenous Peoples’ Right to Participation and the Cameroon Forestry Regulations. Paper presented at the SLSA Annual Conference in York, 26-28 March 2013.
  • W Nsoh, Property Rights and Forest Management in Cameroon. Paper presented at ERRG Research Day: Environmental Law at Surrey at the University of Surrey in Guildford, 29 April 2009.
  • W Nsoh,Adaptation to Climate Change in Certified Forests - The International Trade in Timber and Adaptive Forest Management. Paper presented at Conference on Adaptation of Forests and Forest Management to Changing Climate with Emphasis on Forest Health: A Review of Science, Policies, and Practices in Umeå, Sweden, 25-28 August 2008.