Maria Lee joined UCL as a professor of law in 2007. She taught previously at King's College London and at the University of Central Lancashire. She was a member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution (2009-2011) and the London Sustainable Development Commission (2007-2009), and of the Lancet / UCL Commission on climate change and health, which reported in 2009. She is a member of the Editorial Committee of the Modern Law Review.
Maria’s main areas of expertise are in EU environmental law, in the governance of risk (particularly in respect of emerging technologies), and in tort law. Her current work focuses on the relationship between tort and regulation, in particular the ways in which external approaches to governance contribute to the shaping of tort standards.
“Private nuisance in the Supreme Court: Coventry v Lawrence” (2014) Journal of Planning and Environmental Law 705
“Nuisance and Regulation in the Court of Appeal” (2013) Journal of Planning and Environmental Law 277
“Public participation and climate change infrastructure” (2013) 25 Journal of Environmental Law 62[co-authored]
“Safety, Regulation and Tort: Fault in Context” (2011) 74 Modern Law Review 555-580
“Tort Law and Regulation: Planning and Nuisance”  Journal of Planning Law 4-11
“Beyond Safety? The Broadening Scope of Risk Regulation” (2010) Current Legal Problems 242
EU Regulation of GMOs: Law, Decision-making and New Technology (2008, Edward Elgar)
Environmental Protection, Law and Policy: Text and Materials (2007, Cambridge University Press) (co-authored with Jane Holder)
EU Environmental Law: Challenges, Change and Decision-Making (2005, Hart Publishing)
Current Teaching Undergraduate
Maria Lee contributes to the undergraduate course in tort law
Maria Lee contributes to postgraduate courses in environmental law and policy.
Maria has supervised students working on tort, energy efficiency, climate change, risk regulation and corporate environmental responsibility. She welcomes applications in EU environmental or risk governance and in tort law.