Professor Jane Holder


Professor of Environmental Law, Faculty of Laws, UCL
Appointed to Higher Education Academy’s Advisory Board on Education for Sustainable Development (2012)
Member of the Executive Board for the Grand Challenge of Sustainable Cities (2010-2012)
Convenor of Research Students’ Programme, UCL (since 2009)
Panel Member Sussex Wildlife Trust (Conservation and Public Engagement)


Since 1992 Jane has convened, initiated, developed and taught LLB courses on: EU Law (1992-2008) and Environmental Law (1992 – to date) and made contributions relating to environmental law on other courses such as Jurisprudence and Contract and Tort.

At LLM level, she has convened and taught courses on: Environmental Law and Policy (1992-2008); Sustainability and Environmental Justice (2008 – to date), and has contributed to courses on Environmental Law and Governance and EU Environmental Law.

Jane’s research centres upon the regulation of environmental decision making, focussing upon environmental assessment as a means of directing decisions about land use and development towards environmental protection and environmental justice. She has published widely in this area of law and contributes actively to academic and policy debates about environmental education.

Since 2010, she has initiated, developed and funded (using grants from Grand Challenges and ESCILTA) the LLM course on Legal Action and Research for Communities and Sustainability (LARCS). This is a legal practice course, run in partnership with Capacity Global (now Living Space Project) and the Environmental Law Foundation.

Jane’s current research interests are the regulation of decision making concerning land use and development, EU environmental law, the environmental protection aspects of common ownership (especially town and village greens), ‘green’ legal theory, environmental justice and issues of environmental identity, environmental citizenship and education for sustainable development.

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