Newcastle Law School

Staff Profile

Dr Ole Pedersen

Reader in Environmental Law



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 in Environmental Regulation and Sustainable Development.

I am joint Director of Research in the Law School and Chair of the University's Biosafety Committee and I have up till recently served on both University Senate and Council. 

My research focuses on several aspects of environmental law and regulation. 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.

Outside of Newcastle, I am Deputy Director of the Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment and I serve on the Editorial Board of the Environmental Law Review and I am external examiner Cardiff, Bristol, Edinburgh, LSE and UCL law schools.

I hold the Njorege amateur world record.

Area of Expertise

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

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Research Interests

My research focuses on various aspects of environmental law (UK, international and European environmental law). Current work focuses on human rights and the environment, the theoretical bases of environmental law, issues relating to 'fracking' and the role played by the courts in environmental regulation.

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Other Expertise

 Public international law and human rights law.

Current Work

My current work includes research into the theoretical foundations of environmental law as well as work on rights and the environment. In addition, I am working on a project examining the role of courts in environmental law.

Postgraduate Supervision

I am currently supervising research students researching environmental impacts of climate change in the Arctic, the governance aspects relating to renewable energy projects and of good practice relating to mining operations. 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.

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Esteem Indicators

I am on the Editorial Board of Environmental Law Review


Undergraduate Teaching

Environmental Law (Law3015)

Postgraduate Teaching

Science, Climate Change and Environmental Justice (Law8138)

International Environmental Law (Law8053)

Biodiversity and Natural Resources Law (Law8553)