Walters Nsoh

Colleges, School and Institutes

External positions

, Senior Fellow - Food and Agricultural Law with the Institute for Oil, Gas, Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development (OGEES Institute), Afe Babalola University, Nigeria

Jun 2014Jun 2017

Research interests

Dr Walters Nsoh’s background is interdisciplinary, with research and teaching interests that relate primarily to the intersection between property (land) law 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 main current research is examining the use of innovative approaches such as biodiversity offsetting/habitat banking, payment for ecosystem services and conservation covenants in nature conservation. His doctoral research, funded by the University of Surrey Research Scholarship and Universities UK Overseas Research Students Award, looked at the sustainable management of forests, exploring the relationship between forest ownership and sustainability from an indigenous rights perspective.


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. During his doctoral studies, he was also an Associate Lecturer at the University of Surrey and taught property law. He has been a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2015.

Dr Nsoh holds a PhD in Law from the University of Surrey and an LLM (with Distinction) in Environmental Law and Policy from the University of Kent. He is a former Commonwealth Scholar (2005-2006) and plays an active part in the environmental law community, including roles as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy.


Professional Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Environmental Science,

  • Master of Laws in Environmental Law & Policy, LLM

  • PhD in Law,

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching (Higher Education), PG Cert

Willingness to take PhD students


PhD projects

Dr Nsoh is happy to supervise within the following broad areas:

Innovative approaches such as conservation covenants, payment for ecosystem services and biodiversity offsets in 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