Newcastle Law School

Staff Profile

Professor Christopher Rodgers

Professor of Law


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 Academy of Social Sciences

Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts


Research Interests

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)

Chris is currently Principal Investigator of another large AHRC project on urban green space:

AHRC project AH/S001824/1 Wastes and Strays: the Past, Present and Future of English Urban Commons, January 2019 - December 2021 (£887864 grant). 


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

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).

Postgraduate Supervision

Environmental Law
Agriculture and the Law
Property law

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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