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Environmental Challenges and Law

We have a long tradition of research in environmental and energy regulation.

Our work's received funds from the AHRC, the EPSRC as well as ReFINE. It forms the basis for our environmental law and regulation teaching at all levels.

Members of our group have a strong track-record in supervising postgraduate research students. We undertake research into all areas of environmental and energy regulation.

Global view of environmental and energy regulation sectors

Our work engages a range of different areas of environmental and energy regulation. We work across a range of jurisdictions, including:

  • England and Wales
  • Northern Ireland and Ireland
  • international and EU law

Recent projects

Our most recent projects include research into:

  • climate change
  • common land
  • the challenges arising from Brexit in the context of the environment
  • hydraulic fracturing
  • nature conservation
  • waste law
  • protection of indigenous communities
  • island states
A banner from a protest against fracking in the UK.


We engage with pressing environmental problems from a legal and regulatory perspective.

We work with a wide range of stakeholders to ensure our research has impact.

These include:

  • environmental organisations
  • the legal profession
  • public authorities
  • private companies
An environmental organisation clearing a beach of plastic rubbish.

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    In the media

    The group’s expert members make regular media appearances, commenting on current affairs. Topics include Brexit as well as on local environmental issues.

    We make regular contributions to the Conversation. Recent examples include articles on marine protected areas and enforcement of environmental law.

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