Professor Christopher Rodgers
Professor of Law
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- Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7612
- Address: Newcastle Law School
Newcastle upon Tyne
Roles and Responsibilities
Chris was Head of School 2010 - 2016. 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 is Editor in Chief of the Environmental Law Review (Sage).
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 2010-2016. 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, LLB (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
Honours and Awards
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
- Rodgers CP. Agricultural Law. Haywards Heath, Sussex: Bloomsbury Professional Ltd, 2016.
- Rodgers C. Environmental Governance and Land Use Policy in Tension? Applying Environmental Impact Assessment to Intensive Agriculture. In: Cardwell, M; McMahon, J, ed. Research Handbook on EU Agriculture Law. London, UK: Edward Elgar, 2015, pp.20.
- Rodgers CP. The Law of Nature Conservation: Property, Environment and the Limits of Law. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.
- Rodgers CP, Winchester AJL, Straughton E, Pieraccini M. Contested Common Land: Environmental Governance Past and Present. London and Washington DC: Earthscan, 2011.
- Rodgers C. Implementing the Community Environmental Liability Directive: Genetically Modified Organisms and the Problem of Unknown Risk. In: Bodiguel, L; Cardwell, M, ed. The Regulation of Genetically Modified Organisms: Comparative Approaches. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010, pp.198-224.
- Rodgers C. Reversing the 'Tragedy' of the Commons? Sustainable management and the Commons Act 2006. Modern Law Review 2010, 73(3), 461-486.
- Rodgers C. Property Rights, Land Use and the Rural Environment: A Case for Reform. Land Use Policy 2009, 26(s1), S134-S141.
- Rodgers C. Nature’s Place? Property Rights, Property Rules and Environmental Stewardship. Cambridge Law Journal 2009, 68(3), 550-574.
- Rodgers CP. Environmental Policy and the Reform of European Agriculture Law. In: Cardwell, M., Rosso Grossman, M., Rodgers, C.P, ed. Agriculture and International Trade: Law, Policy and the WTO. New York, USA: CABI Publishing, 2003, pp.277-300.
- Rodgers CP. Coexistence or Confrontation? DEFRA’s Proposals for GM Cropping. Environmental Law Review 2008, 10(1), 1-11.
- Rodgers CP. Reconciling Agricultural Biotechnology and the Environment?: the EC Environmental Liability Directive. In: Parent G; Lavallée S; Azzaria G, ed. Production et Consommation Durables: de la gouvernance au consommateur-citoyen. Brussels: Editions Yvon Blais, 2008, pp.419-445.
- Rodgers C. A New Deal For Commons? Common Resource Management and the Commons Act 2006. Environmental Law Review 2007, 9(1), 25-40.
- Rodgers CP. Coexistence or Conflict? A European Perspective on GMOS and the problem of liability. Bulletin of Science Technology and Society 2007, 27(3), 233- 251.
- Cardwell M, Rodgers C. Reforming the WTO legal order for agricultural trade: Issues for European rural policy in the Doha Round. International and Comparative Law Quarterly 2006, 55(4), 805-838.
- Rodgers C. Protecting sites of special scientific interest: The human rights dimension. Journal of Planning and Environment Law 2005, 997-1009.
- Rodgers CP. Agenda 2000, Land Use, and the Environment: Towards a Theory of 'Environmental' Property Rights?. In: Holder, J., Harrison , C, ed. Law and Geography. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2003, pp.239-259.
- Rodgers CP, Cardwell M, Grosmann M. Agriculture and International Trade: Law, Policy and the WTO. Oxford, UK: Cabi Publishing, 2003.
- Rodgers CP. Liability for the release of GMOs into the environment: exploring the boundaries of nuisance. Cambridge Law Journal 2003, 62(2), 371-402.
- Rodgers C, Mackay D. Creating 'new' commons for the twenty-first century: innovative legal models for 'green space'. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 2017, (ePub ahead of Print).