Professor of Energy Law & Sustainability, University of Dundee

Raphael Heffron is Professor for Global Energy Law & Sustainability at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy at the University of Dundee. His work is international and combines a mix of energy law, policy and economics. He has published over 100 publications of different types and his research has been cited over 600 times in the last four years. Professor Heffron’s research all has a principal focus on achieving a just transition to a low-carbon economy.

Raphael was elected to the Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland in 2018. His research and teaching has been recognised by the award of a Jean Monnet Professorship in Energy & Natural Resources Law (2016-2019) by the European Commission. His teaching has been recognised in the UK by becoming a Senior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy in 2018. In addition, Raphael is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts.

Raphael’s research has involved funding from UK national research councils (the ESRC, and the EPSRC), the EU (in a Horizon 2020 project) and currently through the European Commission Jean Monnet Professorship 2016-2019. He is currently a Research Associate at the national UK Energy Research Centre. He has given expert advice to the EU, UN, World Bank, and various international thinktanks. Raphael is on the Editorial Board of the International Energy Law Review, the Renewable Energy Law and Policy Review and is Consulting Editor of the Halsbury’s Laws of England volumes on Energy Law.

Raphael is currently the Co-Chair of the UK Energy Law and Policy Association; Visiting Professor in Energy Law at the International Hellenic University (Greece); an Associate Researcher at the Energy Policy Research Group at the University of Cambridge; and currently is a Visiting Professor at Paris-Dauphine University (Paris, France), a Visiting Lecturer at the ESCP Business School (London and Paris), and a Visiting Professor at the University of the West Indies (Trinidad & Tobago).

Raphael read for his PhD at Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge and an MSc at Christ Church, University of Oxford. He is also a trained Barrister-at-Law and was called to the Bar in July 2007 in the Republic of Ireland. He also holds degrees from the University of Cambridge (MPhil), the University of St. Andrews (MLitt), and Trinity College Dublin (BA, MA).

Formerly, Raphael was formerly the Jean Monnet Professor in Energy and Natural Resources Law & Policy at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary University of London. Raphael also held permanent lectureships at the Queen Mary University of London (Senior), University of Leeds and the University of Stirling (Scotland) where he was also the Programme Director for the LLM in International Energy Law and Policy. In the past he has held visiting positions at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA, USA (Visiting Student), The University of Texas at Austin, TX, USA (Visiting Scholar), and the British Institute for International and Comparative Law (Visiting Research Fellow). At the University of Cambridge, Raphael was a Teaching Fellow at the Faculty of Economics and also a Research Assistant at the Department of Engineering.


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    Professor of Energy Law & Sustainability, University of Dundee