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Ole Windahl Pedersen


Ole Windahl Pedersen


I joined Aarhus University in 2021 as Professor of Environmental Law. Prior to this, I was at Newcastle Law School for 14 years where I was Director of Research and REF UoA Coordinator and member of the school's Executive Committee. At Newcastle I was also Chair of the University's Biosafety Committee and served on both University Senate and Council. 

I studied law at the University of Copenhagen (Cand. jur./LLB and LLM) and at the University of Aberdeen (PhD).

My research focuses on various aspects of environmental regulation and energy law. First, I have a general interest in all legal and regulatory matters relating to the environment and I am joint author of Environmental Law (9th ed.), a key text in the discipline. This interest includes the role of adjudication of environmental matters, on which I have published Environmental Adjudication jointly authored with Professor Emma Lees (EUI).

Second, I have a keen interest in the relationship between environmental issues and human rights and I have published extensively on this subject over the years. Third, I have an interest in the theoretical foundations of environmental law as well as the role played by the courts in shaping environmental law. Finally, I am interested in what and how environmental law scholars engage in scholarship and I have edited a recent collection of essays on environmental law scholarship in Perspectives on Environmental Law Scholarship.

Ongoing research projects include work on regulatory techniques by environment agencies, the relationship between human rights and the environment before the European Court of Human Rights and the enforcement of environmental law.

I am co-investigator on the £1.2m Newcastle-led EPSRC NetZero Geordie project, where my contribution focuses on regulatory and legal aspects of single well geothermal systems as part of a whole energy system.   

Publications and papers can be found SSRN and Google Scholar.

I am an Associate Fellow at Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies AIAS.

Outside of Aarhus University, I am a Fellow at the Cambridge Centre for Property Law. I serve on the Editorial Board of the Environmental Law Review and am a keen runner.

Area of Expertise

Environmental law and regulation, international and EU environmental law, environmental rights, public law. 


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