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

Associate Professor in Biolaw in the Durham Law School

(email at olivia.a.woolley@durham.ac.uk)

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

Durham Law School

  • Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences

Teaching Areas

  • Frontiers in Biolaw (LLM) - Course Coordinator (12 hours/year.)
  • Global Environmental Law - Course Coordinator (16 hours/year.)

Selected Publications

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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

Indicators of Esteem

  • 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.