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Dr Olivia Woolley

Associate Professor in Biolaw

Associate Professor in Biolaw in the Durham Law School
Associate Professor in Biolaw in the Durham CELLS (Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences)


Short Biography

Dr Woolley researches and teaches in the fields of environmental law, law and ecology, and energy law. Her research in these areas considers law's role in facilitating and securing socio-economic transition towards ecological sustainability. She also focuses in her energy research on renewable energy law, particularly law relating to the production of energy from renewable sources offshore. She joined the Durham Law School in January 2020 after seven years as Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Aberdeen. She worked in legal practice as a solicitor specialising in dispute resolution in the 1990s and 2000s before undertaking a PhD in Law at University College London (received in 2012). 

Esteem Indicators

  • 2000: Mentor Spring 2022, Global Policy, Diplomacy, and Sustainability Program:
  • 2000: Editor of the Energy Law volume for the Oxford University Press Encyclopedia of EU Law: I have been appointed by Oxford University Press to edit the Energy Law volume of its Encyclopedia of European Union Law.¬†Initial contents will begin to be published online from 2021.


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