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About Nathan Cooper

Dr Nathan Cooper is Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Lincoln, UK. His published research focuses specifically on constitutionalism in Southern Africa, the right to water, and more generally on the interaction of social, economic and environmental rights in relation to development. Nathan lectures international environmental law, including aspects of natural resource allocation and climate change law, constitutional law and international trade law. Nathan supervises research students in areas relating to water law, constitutionalism and human rights. Nathan also guest lectures on the MA course in Global Health at the Universiteit Maastricht, in the Netherlands and at North-West University in South Africa. I have published in the areas of constitutional and human rights law , development, and new water technology.

Department Responsibilities

At undergraduate level I lecture in contract law, and constitutional law,  I also teach the law and policy of the World Trade Organization, International Economic and Investment Law, and International Environmental Law on the LLM International Law and International Business Law courses. I am the academic lead for the Law School’s Erasmus/study abroad scheme, and liaison for our Visiting Professors.

Subject Specialism

International human rights law relating to social and economic rights and development. International Environmental Law. Constitutional Law. Stakeholder participation in natural resource governance.


  • PhD in Law — University of Sheffield, 2016
  • MA in International Political Economy — University of Sheffield, 2002
  • LLB Law 2.1 Honours — University of Sheffield, 2001


External examiner for North West University, South Africa, Law Department, LLM programme module on socio-economic rights.

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Research Interests

  • Development

  • international human rights law

  • Social and Economic rights

  • Southern Africa

  • Water technology

Research Projects

  • Priming the pump: Comparative interviews — awarded £1000 by Santander University Fund in 2014
  • Priming the pump: Exploring the legal and social impact of smart water pumps on communities where water access is problematic — awarded £3000 by University of Lincoln College of Social Science Research Fund in 2013

Research in the Lincoln Repository

Professional Affiliations

  • Higher Education Academy — Associate Fellow
  • Member of the Society of Legal Scholars — Lincoln Law School Representative