Richard's research focuses on marine law, particularly the regulation of fisheries (domestic, international and EU), oceans governance, and the interface between law and science/economics. His work examines how law can accommodate different economic and social conditions, as well as constraints flowing from the physical attributes of marine resources. Winner of the Society of Legal Scholars prize for outstanding legal scholarship 2009, he is author/editor of four books and over 50 papers. He has been published in leading journals including the International Journal of Marine and Coastal law, International and Comparative Law Quarterly, ICES Journal of Marine Science. He has been consultant to the EU Parliament Committee on Fisheries, Defra and the WWF.