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Durham University

Durham Law School

Staff profile

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

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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). 

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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