Dr. Walters Nsoh
PhD [Surrey], LLM (Dist.) [Kent], BSc [Buea]
Senior Fellow| Food and Agricultural Law
Dr. Walters Nsoh is the Senior Fellow - Food and Agricultural Law at the OGEES Institute. In this role, he leads the training, research and outreach activities of the Institute with respect to sustainable farming, forests, land use, agriculture and their intersections with the environment.
Dr. Nsoh holds a PhD in Law from the University of Surrey, UK, a Master of Laws (LL.M) (with Distinction) in Environmental Law & Policy from the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK and a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) in Environmental Science from Buea of University, Cameroon.
Alongside his role as a Senior Fellow at the OGEES Institute, Dr. Nsoh serves as a consultant to international organizations and teaches law at the Bimingham Law School, University of Brimigham, United Kingdom. His research and teaching interests relate primarily to the intersection between environmental and property (land) law, biodiversity and nature conservation law, the use of innovative approaches such as conservation easements/covenants, payment for ecosystem services and biodiversity offsets in biodiversity conservation, the regulation of natural resources (particularly forests) in developed and developing countries, ecosystem services, and minority/indigenous rights, particularly in Africa.
In earlier work, Dr. Nsoh collected and activated empirical data on forest stakeholders to support reform of forest and land tenure laws in Cameroon; developed standards on land rights, the environment and extractive industries including forestry across Africa; and represented the WTO in an UNCTAD Expert Meeting on Enabling Small Commodity Producers and Processors in Developing Countries to Reach Global Markets. Dr Nsoh has also successfully served in project appraisal, monitoring and evaluation consultancies, promoting more effective delivery of environmental and sustainable livelihoods projects with positive impacts on Cameroonian local communities.
Dr Nsoh has won several international scholarships and awards, including the University of Surrey Research Scholarship (2007-2010), the Overseas Research Scholarship Awards (ORSAS) (2007-2010), the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Award in 2005, and the 2006 Kent LLM Distinction Prize.