Dr. Semie Sama

Assistant Professor

Phone Number: 
+1 (807) 343-8010ext. 7802
Office Location: 
PACI Building
Office Hours: 
Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Academic Qualifications: 

Ph.D. (University of Ottawa); LL.M. (University of Ottawa); MSc. (Mid Sweden University); MSc. (Stockholm University); LL.B. (University of Buea).

Date joined Lakehead: 
August, 2020
Previous Teaching/Work: 

Before joining Lakehead University's Faculty of Law, Professor Sama was an Assistant Lecturer at McGill University's Faculty of Law, where she taught Environmental Law and Politics. She also served as a guest lecturer for different professors at the University of Ottawa, Carleton University and Laurier University. 

Professor Sama spent a year as a Postdoctoral Scholar at McGill University and a year as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). She has been serving as a United Nations Environment Fellow since 2017.

Professor Sama has Membership in the Canadian Council on International Law (CCIL); the American Society of International Law (ASIL); Tshepo Institute for the Study of Contemporary Africa (TISCA) and the McGill Black Alumni Association (McGill University), and she serves on the Indigenous Admissions Committee (Lakehead University), and the Natural Resources and Environmental Law Committee (Lakehead University).


Research Interests: 

Professor Sama’s research projects and publications focus on climate change, environmental human rights, deforestation, land-grabbing, environmental justice, sustainable tourism, climate-resilient agriculture, and Indigenous Peoples, and include

  1. Sama, S.M., “Can Trade Agreements Promote Sustainable Forest Management?” (CIGI, 2019).
  2. Sama, S.M. et al., “Outlooks in GEO-6” in Ekins, P and Gupta, J., Boileau, P. (eds) Global Environment Outlook GEO-6: Healthy Planet, Healthy People (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019).
  3. Sama, S.M.,“A Benchmarking Framework to Boost Africa’s Emission Standards for the Transport Sector” in Nhemachena, A. and Mawere, M. Who owns the weather and climate? Empire, climate engineering and environmental discourses on climate change in Africa (Bamenda: Langaa Publishers, 2019).
  4. Sama, S.M. “Evaluating the Environmental Law and Energy policy dimensions of land-grabbing,” (2017).  11:8 International Journal of Biodiversity and Conservation 413-425.
  5. Sama, S. M. “Globalization and Land-Grabbing in Africa: The Implications of Large-Scale Agricultural Investments for Rural Populations in Cameroon, Nigeria and Tanzania,” (287-312) in Munyaradzi Mawere (ed), Development Perspectives from the South: Troubling the Metrics of (Under-)development in Africa (Bamenda: Langaa Publishers, 2016).
  6. Sama, S. M. “Foreign Land Deals and Environmental Justice: A Reflection on African Norms and Policies” in Amin George Forji and Imoro Razak Jaha (eds), Land Grabs in Africa: Economic Imperialism? Critical Contributions to a New Paradigm (Saarbrücken: Lambert Academic Publishing, 2016).
  7. Sama, S. M. “Environmental Law in Cameroon” in IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, Essential Readings in Environmental Law: Topic (Ottawa: IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, 2014).
  8. Sama, S. M. and Oliver N. Fuo “Cameroon’s environmental framework law and the balancing of interests in socio-economic development” in Faure M and Du Plessis W (eds.), The Balancing of Interests in Environmental Law in Africa (Pretoria: Pretoria University Law Press, 2012).
  9. Sama, S. M., and Oliver N. Fuo “Implementation of Chapter 21 of the UN Agenda 21: A Case Study of Municipal Solid Waste Management in the Bamenda Urban Council Area of Cameroon” (2010) 17 SAJELP.


  • Sama, S.M., “Human Rights and Tenure Security: An Evaluation of Statutory Law in Cameroon” in Olawuyi and Abe (eds), Business and Human Rights Law in Africa (Pretoria: Pretoria University Law Press, 2021)
  • Sama, S.M., Closing the Governance Gap to Protect Against Natural Resources-Grabbing and Realize the Right to Food Security and Sustainable Development (McGill Journal on              Sustainable Development Law)


Professor Sama is also interested in Inspiring Future Professors abroad by creating opportunities to help them develop their ambitions, gain increased confidence, set achievable goals, and improve their research, writing, communication, presentation and publication skills.