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Edward Goodwin

Associate Professor in Law, Faculty of Social Sciences


Expertise Summary

Edward Goodwin read Jurisprudence at Mansfield College, Oxford, graduating in 1994. He then trained, and qualified as a property litigation solicitor, with the international law firm, Clifford Chance (London and Hong Kong). After this period in practice, he began studying for an LL.M in Environmental Law at the University of Nottingham, graduating with distinction in 2001. Following a brief period working as an intern with the United Nations Environment Programme, Nairobi, he returned to the University of Nottingham in order to complete a PhD in the field of International Environmental Law. Prior to rejoining the University of Nottingham in 2010, he worked as a Lecturer in Law at the University of Leicester. He was a Grotius Research Scholar at the University of Michigan, School of Law in 2015.

Edward Goodwin's expertise lies in Environmental, Land and Heritage Law driven by a long held interest in ecology as well as natural and social history. His primary research focus is upon public international law and the conservation of wildlife and habitats. He is the co-editor of Edward Elgar's Handbook on Biodiversity and Law and is currently in the process of producing a second volume for Edward Elgar. He is an expert on multiple issues including compliance and governance, and also the legal protection of marine habitats and threatened marine species. His monograph entitled International Environmental Law and the Conservation of Coral Reefs is the first major publication on international law and these critically endangered habitats. He has also contributed chapters on threatened marine species and vulnerable marine ecosystems, biodiversity and plastics, and on the Ramsar Convention to leading research handbooks. His recent research into the way delegates and delegations are prepared for, and participate in, meetings of the parties to environmental treaties was published in the Journal of Environmental Law. This research is of great interest to those who seek to increase the tendency for States to comply with the decisions and resolutions issued by environmental regimes. Finally, he is well known for his research on international law and world heritage, as evidenced by his involvement with research into preserving Egypt's cultural heritage.

Edward Goodwin welcomes approaches from prospective PhD students in the areas of International Environmental Law, Heritage Law and Land Law. Information about the School of Law PhD programme and how to apply can be found here: Information about scholarships can be found here:

Teaching Summary

Edward Goodwin is the current Deputy Director of Education and Student Experience. He was previous Director of Undergraduate Studies. He convenes, lectures and teaches small groups in Land Law, and… read more

Current PhD Students

  • Campanelle Pletsch, Ricardo: State Responsibility for Damage to the Environment (co-supervised with Dr Christy Shucksmith-Wesley)

Completed PhD Students

  • Vallejo Trujillo, Florelia: Global Multilateral Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) Mechanism for access to Traditional Knowledge: the role of intellectual property rights in the protection of traditional knowledge holders' rights (co-supervised with Professor Paul Torremans)
  • Lin, Wei-Chung: Defending the Environment: The Role of Civil Society in the Resolution of Conflicts between International Investment and the Environment (co-supervised with Professor Mary Footer)
  • Frank, Sotonye: Stabilisation Clauses and Sustainable Development in Developing Countries (co-supervised with Professor Mary Footer)

Edward Goodwin is the current Deputy Director of Education and Student Experience. He was previous Director of Undergraduate Studies. He convenes, lectures and teaches small groups in Land Law, and International Wildlife Law at undergraduate level (and has previously taught Trusts), supports the delivery of The Creation of the Common Law module, and teaches seminars on the LL.M degree for the International Environmental Law in Practice module.

Edward Goodwin has won and been nominated for multiple awards for his lecturing, teaching, and student support. In 2019, Edward Goodwin received the prestigious University of Nottingham Lord Dearing award for his outstanding contribution towards enhancing the student learning experience at the University of Nottingham. This comes on top of his award in 2014 from the University of Nottingham Students' Union, University Staff Oscar as the University's 'Best All-Round Personal Tutor'.

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