Chris has been Head of School since 2010. His primary teaching and research interests are in the areas of property law and environmental law. before coming to Newcastle in 2003, Chris was a Lecturer, Reader and then Professor of law at the University of Wales Aberystwyth. he has also been a Solicitor in private practice
Chris has undertaken a number of external academic roles. These have included:
REF 2014: Chris was appointed to Sub Panel UoA 20 (Law) as an output assessor in 2013.
Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC): member of AHRC Peer Review College 2010-ongoing. Assessor for major grant applications and knowledge transfer.
International Expert Referees Panel, Australian Research Council 2003- 2010
Nominated UK representative, European Science Foundation COST research programme, Individuals, Societies, Cultures and Health (ISCH) Domain 2008-2011
LLB (Wales) 1977, LLM (Cantab) 1978
Solicitor of the Supreme Court 1981
Comite European de Droit Rural (Council of Europe NGO)
Union Mondiale des Agraristes Universitaires : Scientific Council (elected)
Agricultural Law Association
Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
Property law (especially landlord and tenant), agricultural law and environmental law. Chris is the author of several works in the area of property law, including Agricultural law (3rd ed 2008, Tottel) and Housing Law: Residential Security and Enfranchisement (Butterworths 2002). His principal research publications are in the areas of nature conservation law and property theory. His most recent books are:
Contested Common Land: Environmental Governance Past and Present (with A.Winchester, E.Straughton, M.Pieraccini), Earthscan Publishing, 2011 xii and 227 pp. ISBN 978-1-84971-094-7
The Law of Nature Conservation: property, environment and the limits of law xxix and 321pp. (Oxford University Press, 2013) ISBN 978-0-19-954313
He has recently been the Principal Investigator of two major Arts and Humanities Research Council research projects:
AHRC project AH/E510310/1 Contested Common Land: environmental governance, law and sustainable land management c.1600-2006, February 2007 – January 2010 (AHRC Landscape and Environment programme, £312000 grant) and AHRC project Building Commons Knowledge 2011-2012 (AHRC On Funding Scheme, £96000 grant)
law and practice of arbitration, especially in relation to property disputes (principally agricultural property)
Principal areas of current research are nature conservation law, property rights theory and liability issues surrounding GMO releases
Community models for ecosystem and habitat management, especailly in relation to common land and common pool resources.
In addition to being a member of the AHRC Peer review college, Chris is Editor in Chief of the Environmental Law Review (Sage Publications) and General Editor of the Environment and Countryside Law Series (University of Wales Press).
Agriculture and the Law
If you would like further information on reading for a research degree at Newcastle Law School please see www.ncl.ac.uk/nuls/postgraduate/research/index.htm
Environmental law, nature and the law, biodiversity and law, property rights
Environmental Law, Succession
Introduction to Planning Law
EIA Law and Practice
Biodiversity and Natural Resources law
Foundations of Environmental Law and Policy
Advanced Research Methods in Law