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Prof Jane Holder
Room GS 238
Faculty of Laws, Bentham House
4-8 Endsleigh Gdns
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  • Professor of Environmental Law
  • Faculty of Laws

Jane Holder has carried out research on environmental law since graduating from Warwick University in 1990. Her PhD (also carried out at Warwick University and awarded in 1996) was on environmental assessment, published as a book, Environmental Assessment: the Regulation of Decision Making (OUP, 2004).  Jane joined UCL in 1992 and teaches on the Faculty of Laws' environmental law programme.  She has developed interdisciplinary courses such as Land Use Sustainability and Environmental Justice as well as having introduced and strengthened environmental learning in other subject areas.  Jane has supervised many PhD students in the field of environmental law.  Jane has been a Trustee of the Environmental Law Foundation (ELF) and a member of the Board of the Journal of Environmental Law and Social and Legal Studies.  Jane is a member of the University's Steering Group on Sustainability and Working group on Sustainability Literacy.

Research Themes
Research Summary

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, Wild Law, environmental justice and sustainability education.    

Jane’s research focuses on regulatory mechanisms, particularly environmental assessment and its use as a means to assess whether negative environmental impacts of projects and policies are borne disproportionately by certain communities. This regulatory focus builds on research on European spatial planning and the concept of territorial cohesion, and is now oriented towards the designation of land for special protection, especially in town and village greens and other everyday shared spaces.  In this context, Jane's research draws on critical geography and feminist theories to help understand and develop recognition in law of an ecological ethic of care.

Jane is also engaged in researching the significance for legal education of key agendas - sustainability, decolonising the curriculum, diversity and inclusivity and well-being of students.  In practical terms, Jane leads the Law Teachers' Programme, designed and developed by Professor William Twining.  Jane has further built a practical element into this research on legal pedagogy and environmental justice by entering into partnership with the Environmental Law Foundation.  This involves participation in the Foundation's national network of law school clinics, with the aim of equipping law students with the skills and knowledge to undertake legal research work in local communities.  

Jane is a member of the Centre for Law and the Environment, and UCL's Sustainability Steering Group and Sustainability Literacy Working Group, and aims to help raise the profile, and embed, sustainability education in the law curriculum and other disciplines.

Jane is Co Editor of the International Journal of Law in Context and was awarded the Oxford University Law Teacher of the Year award in 2015.

Teaching Summary

Current Teaching


Environmental Law

EU Law

Laws Connections


Land Use Sustainability and Environmental Justice

Advanced Foundations of Environmental Law

Law Teachers' Programme (non-accredited)

PhD supervision

Jane has supervised doctoral students working on public participation, land access, renewable energy, EU fisheries agreements, and EU transport policy. She welcomes applications for supervision in the following areas: environmental assessment, habitat conservation, spatial strategy and planning, Wild Law, climate justice and renewable energy. Jane welcomes the opportunity to supervise students working in related areas and is particularly keen to co-supervise students working on interdisciplinary projects.

Academic Background
1990   Bachelor of Laws University of Warwick
    Doctor of Philosophy University of Warwick
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