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Reader in Environmental Law, Newcastle University

I joined Newcastle Law School in 2008. Prior to this, I studied law at the University of Copenhagen (where I earned an LLB and an LLM) and at the University of Aberdeen (where I gained an LLM and a PhD). My current roles within the Law School include teaching the undergraduate Environmental Law module alongside a number of different environmental law modules on the LLM Programme.

I am joint Director of Research in the Law School and Chair of the University's Biosafety Committee and I have up till recently served on both University Senate and Council.

My research focuses on various aspects of environmental law and energy law (in particular fracking). First, I have a general interest in all legal and regulatory matters relating to the environment and I am joint author of Environmental Law (9th ed.), one of the leading texts in the discipline. Second, I have a keen interest in the relationship between environmental issues and human rights and I have published extensively on this subject over the years. Third, I have an interest in the theoretical foundations of environmental law as well as the role played by the courts in shaping environmental law. Finally, I am interested in what and how environmental law scholars engage in scholarship and I have edited a recent collection of essays on environmental law scholarship in Perspectives on Environmental Law Scholarship.

Present research projects include a joint book-length project into the role of the courts in modern environmental law and a quantitative study into judicial decision-making in environmental law, a study into the use of enforcement undertakings by regulators, and a project examining the ECtHR's contribution to the emerging field of environmental rights.

Outside of Newcastle, I am Deputy Director of the Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment and I serve on the Editorial Board of the Environmental Law Review and I am external examiner Cardiff, Bristol, Edinburgh, LSE and UCL law schools.


  • –present
    Reader in Environmental Law, Newcastle University