Newcastle Law School

Staff Profile

Dr Ole Pedersen

Director of Research; Reader in Environmental Law

Background

Overview

I joined Newcastle Law School in 2008. Prior to this, I studied law at the University of Copenhagen (where I earned an LLB and an LLM) and at the University of Aberdeen (where I gained an LLM and a PhD). My current roles within the Law School include teaching the undergraduate Environmental Law module alongside a number of different environmental law modules on the LLM Programme. 

I am Director of Research and REF UoA Coordinator in the Law School and member of the School's Executive Committee. I am also Chair of the University's Biosafety Committee and I have up till recently served on both University Senate and Council. 

My research focuses on various aspects of environmental law and energy law (in particular fracking). First, I have a general interest in all legal and regulatory matters relating to the environment and I am joint author of Environmental Law (9th ed.), one of the leading texts in the discipline. Second, I have a keen interest in the relationship between environmental issues and human rights and I have published extensively on this subject over the years. Third, I have an interest in the theoretical foundations of environmental law as well as the role played by the courts in shaping environmental law. Finally, I am interested in what and how environmental law scholars engage in scholarship and I have edited a recent collection of essays on environmental law scholarship in Perspectives on Environmental Law Scholarship.

Ongoing research projects include a joint book-length project into the role of the courts in modern environmental law, a study into the use of enforcement undertakings by regulators, and a project examining the ECtHR's contribution to the emerging field of environmental rights.

I am co-investigator on the £1.5m Newcastle led EPSRC NetZero Geordie project, where my contributions focuses on regulatory and legal aspects of single well geothermal systems as part of a whole energy systemsingle well geothermal systems as part of the whole energy system.   

Publications and papers can be found SSRN.

Outside of Newcastle, I serve on the Editorial Board of the Environmental Law Review and I am external examiner at Bristol, Edinburgh, LSE and UCC law schools.

I hold the full Njoroge amateur world record.

Area of Expertise

Environmental law and regulation, international and EU environmental law, environmental rights, public law. 

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Research

Research Interests

My research focuses on various aspects of environmental law and energy law (in particular fracking). First, I have a general interest in all legal and regulatory matters relating to the environment and I am joint author of Environmental Law (9th ed.), one of the leading texts in the discipline. Second, I have a keen interest in the relationship between environmental issues and human rights and I have published extensively on this subject over the years. Third, I have an interest in the theoretical foundations of environmental law as well as the role played by the courts in shaping environmental law. Finally, I am interested in what and how environmental law scholars engage in scholarship and I have edited a recent collection of essays on environmental law scholarship in Perspectives on Environmental Law Scholarship

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Current Work

Present research projects include a book-length project titled Environmental Adjudication, jointly authored with Emma Lees, examining into the role of the courts in modern environmental law due to be published with Hart in 2020, a study into the use of enforcement undertakings by regulators, and a project examining the ECtHR's contribution to the emerging field of environmental rights. 

Postgraduate Supervision

I am currently supervising research students researching constitutional environmental rights, climate change and flooding, and environmental torts. I am  interested in supervising research students in various aspects of environmental law. In particular the areas of environmental rights, environmental justice, climate change, and international environmental 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

Esteem Indicators

I serve on the Editorial Board of the Environmental Law Review  


Teaching

Undergraduate Teaching

Environmental Law (Law3015)

Postgraduate Teaching

Law and Global Environmental Challenges (Law8053)


Publications