Chanda Nkholoma Tembo


Research Title An Analysis of the Technology Transfer Legal Framework in Enhancing Development in Least Developed Countries – A Case of Zambia

Supervisors Dr Chamu Kuppuswamy and Dr Amanda Warren-Jones


  • Diploma in Legislative Drafting (2002)
  • Master of Laws (LL.M) Degree with Distinction in Intellectual Property Law (first rank), Mahatma Gandhi University Kottayam, Kerala, India (2000 -2001). Chanda studied under the ICCR scholarship scheme funded by the governments of Zambia and India.
  • Certificate of Admission to Practice as an Advocate in Zambia (1998 – 1999) with three distinctions Bachelor of Law Degree with credit (1994 -1998) University of Zambia


Before starting her PhD Chanda worked as Senior Parliamentary Counsel at the Ministry of Justice in Zambia and Senior State Advocate under the Attorney General’s Chambers at the Ministry of Justice between 2001 - 2006. From 2006 Chanda has worked as a lecturer in the School of Law at the University of Zambia and is currently a Research Fellow at the University of Zambia. Chanda was Instrumental in initiating and drafting the National intellectual Property Policy Document in Zambia and the Institutional Intellectual Property Policy Document at the University of Zambia. Chanda has since 1999 volunteered at the National Legal Aid Clinic for Women and is co – founder of a nongovernmental Organisation Advocacy for Intellectual Property Zambia established in 2008.

Scope of Research

My research interests are in intellectual property law particularly in areas related to new plant variety protection and technology transfer. My research will focus on exploring the role that technology transfer can play in enhancing development in Least Developed Countries like Zambia and will further focus on the Agriculture sector in Zambia especially the development of seeds for new plant varieties for purposes of fostering sustainable food security and development.

Research Areas

Intellectual Property Law, New Plant Variety Protection, Traditional Knowledge, Technology Transfer, Food Security and Sustainable Development

Research Clusters

Sheffield Centre for International and European Law and Sheffield Institute of Biotechnology, Law and Ethics