Professor Christopher Rodgers
Professor of Law, Head of School

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  • Address: Newcastle Law School
    Newcastle University
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE1 7RU

Roles and Responsibilities

Previously DPD LLM programmes in Environmental legal Studies, International Trade and International Legal Studies, DPD for Postgraduate Research Degrees and Director of Research 2003-10. Head of School since May 2010


LLB (Wales) 1977, LLM (Cantab) 1978
Solicitor of the Supreme Court 1981

Previous Positions

Lecturer, Reader and then Professor of law, University of Wales Aberystwyth.
Solicitor in private practice


Comite European de Droit Rural : Assistant delegate general , and member of board of management (Council of Europe NGO)
Union Mondiale des Agraristes Universitaires : Scientific Council (elected)
United Kingdon Environmental Law Association
Agricultural Law Association

Honours and Awards

Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts


English, Welsh, French

Informal Interests

nature conservation and environmental protection

Research Interests

Property law (epecially landlord and tenant), agricultural law and
environmental law. Author of several standard reference works in the area of property law, including Agricultural law (3rd ed 2008, Tottel) and Housing Law: Residential Security and Enfranchisement (Butterworths 2002).

Other Expertise

law and practice of arbitration, especially in relation to property disputes (principally agricultural property)

Current Work

Principal areas of current research are nature conservation law, property rights theory and liability issues surrounding GMO releases

Future Research

Community models for ecosystem and habitat management, especailly in relation to common land and common pool resources.

Research Roles

AHRC Peer review college member 

Editor in Chief of the Environmental Law Review (Vathek), General Editor of the Environment and Countryside Law Series (University of Wales Press).

Principal Investigator, "Contested Common Land; environmental governance, law and sustainable management c.1600-2006" (AHRC major grant, Landscape and Environment programme)

Principal Investigator, "Building Commons Knowledge" (AHRC On-funding scheme, 2012/13) 

Postgraduate Supervision

Environmental Law
Agriculture and the Law
Property law

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Esteem Indicators

Visiting Professor Drake Law School Iowa 1995 & 1997. Australian Research Council (expert assessor on international expert panel). Board of Management of European Council for Rural law (Council of Europe NGO), and Scientific Council of World Federation of University Agriculturalists.


£262000 AHRC 2007 - 2010 : "Contested Common Land; environmental governance, law and sustainable management c.1600-2006" (AHRC Landscape and Environment Programme);

£93571 AHRC 2012 - 2013 : "Building Commons Knowledge" (AHRC On Funding Scheme grant)

Industrial Relevance

Have practised as a solicitor specialising in agricultural law work.


Environmental law, nature and the law, biodiversity and law, property rights

Undergraduate Teaching

Environmental Law, Succession

Postgraduate Teaching

Introduction to Planning Law

EIA Law and Practice

Biodiversity and Natural Resources law

Foundations of Environmental Law and Policy

Advanced Research Methods in Law