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Dr Olivia Woolley

Associate Professor in Biolaw

BA (Dunelm), MA (Dunelm), LLM, PhD, Qualified to practise law in England and Wales


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

Biography

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). 

Research groups

  • Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences

Esteem Indicators

  • 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.
  • 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.

Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Law & Crime: Environmental Law
  • European Law: Environmental Law
  • International Law: Environmental Law
  • Law & Crime: Low Carbon Energy Transition and Law
  • European Law: Low Carbon Energy Transition and Law
  • International Law: Low Carbon Energy Transition and Law
  • Law & Crime: Law and Ecology

Publications

Authored book

  • Woolley, Olivia (2014). Ecological Governance: Reappraising Law's Role in Protecting Ecosystem Functionality. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Chapter in book

Journal Article

  • Olivia Woolley (2020). What Would Ecological Climate Change Law Look Like?: Developing a Method for Analysing the International Climate Change Regime from an Ecological Perspective. Review of European, Comparative and International Environmental Law (RECIEL) 29(1): 76-85.
  • Olivia Woolley (2016). The Paris Climate Change Agreement: a new stimulus for international efforts to promote renewable energy development. Environmental Law and Management 28(5): 185-200.
  • Olivia Woolley (2015). Ecological Governance in Offshore Wine Energy in United Kingdom Waters: Has an Effective Legal Framework Been Established for Preventing Ecologically Harmful Development? International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law 30(4): 765-793.
  • Olivia Woolley (2013). Governing a North Sea Grid Development: The Need for a Regional Framework Treaty. Competition and Regulation in Network Industries 14(1): 73-97.
  • Olivia Woolley (2013). Reforming Gas Sector Governance to Promote Biomethane Injection. Renewable Energy Law and Policy 4(3): 175-188.
  • Olivia Woolley (2010). Trouble on the Horizon?: Addressing Place-based Values in Planning for Offshore Wind Energy. Journal of Environmental Law 22(2): 223-250.

Supervision students