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  RICHARD MACRORY
BA, MA (Oxon), Barrister
Professor of Environmental Law

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“As a pre-eminent and pioneering academic in environmental law, Richard Macrory remains a leading authority on the subject in both a domestic and international context. One source says: If there's anybody who knows their stuff, it's him." (Chambers and Partner Legal Guide 2012)

Professor Richard Macrory joined the Faculty in 1999. He had previously been teaching at Imperial College London, and was Director of the Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University. He is currently director of the UCL Carbon Capture Legal Programme and a director of the Faculty’s Centre for Law and the Environment.

Richard Macrory was a Member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution between 1992 and 2003, and was a Board Member of the Environment Agency in England and Wales between 1999 and 2004. He was the founding editor in chief of the Journal of Environmental Law (Oxford University Press) and is currently legal correspondent to ENDS Report. He was Hon. President of the National Society for Clean Air 2005-6, and chairman of Merchant Ivory Film Productions between 1988 and 2004. In 2001-2003 he was elected chairman of the Steering Group of the European Environmental Advisory Councils, an informal network of official environmental advisory bodies throughout Europe. Professor Macrory is a Patron of the UK Environmental Law Association.

In 2005 Professor Macrory was appointed by the Cabinet Office to lead a review on regulatory sanctions applicable to business generally. The final report, Regulatory Justice – Making Sanctions Effective was published at the end of 2006 and all the recommendations accepted by Government. His core recommendations on civil sanctions and regulatory governance are reflected in Part III Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Act 2008. In 2011 he was commissioned by Lord Justice Carnwath, Senior President of Tribunals in England and Wales, to report on the potential jurisdiction of the new First Tier Environment Tribunal.

Professor Macrory is a barrister and a member of Brick Court Chambers, London. In 2000 he was awarded a CBE for services to the environment and law, and in March 2008 he was made honorary Queens Counsel. In 2010 he was elected a Bencher of Gray’s Inn.

Current Main Research Interests

  • Regulatory aspects of carbon capture and storage (Director UCL Carbon Capture Legal Programme)
  • Regulatory sanctions
  • The role and development of the environment tribunal in the UK

Funded Research Projects

  • June 2009 – May 2012: 
Carbon Capture Legal Programme Phase II (supported by donations from Rio Tinto, Mitsui, Shell, Schlumberger Carbon Services, The Crown Estate and RPS Group)
  • June 2007 – May 2009
: Carbon Capture Legal Programme Phase I (supported by donations RPS Group, Rio Tinto, RWE, Freshfields)
  • March 2006 - June 2007
: Legal Design of Environmental Compliance Manager (Haymarket Publications)
  • Summer 2006
: Carbon Capture and Storage: Legal and Policy Developments (RPS Group)
  • 2005-2008
: Satellite Monitoring as a Legal Compliance Tool in the Environmental Sector (Arts and Humanities Research Council Major Grants Scheme
  • 2005
: Sub-Seabed Disposal of Radioactive Waste – Legal Considerations (Committee of Radioactive Waste Management)
  • 2004-2005
: Transposition of 20 Environmental Directives in UK and Gibraltar (Institute of European Environment Policy and European Commission DG Environment)
  • 2003: Evaluation of European Centres of Excellence in Remote Sensing British National Space Centre
  • 2002-2003: Modernizing Environmental Justice Dept of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • 2001-2002: Legislative Design and drafting of waste laws Hong Kong Government
  • 2000-2001: Applications of Earth Observation to the Legal Section British National Space Centre
  • 2000-2001: Transposition of Directive 85/337 (Environmental Assessment) in the UK and Gibraltar European Commission, DG Environment

Recent and forthcoming conferences and presentations

2011

  • Tribunals and Judicial Review Hart Judicial Review Conference, London
  • Conference Panel Debate on Carbon Capture and Storage Policy, Geological Society, London and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, London
  • Long term liability Issues United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Technical Workshop on Carbon Capture and Storage as Clean development Project Activities Abu Dhabi
  • The Role of the Environmental Tribunal Aarhus and Access Rights Coalition for Access to Justice and the Environment, Kings College, London
  • An Integrated Approach to Reforming Regulatory Sanctions Key note address, Alternative Methods of Enforcement, Joint Seminar, the Knesset and Ministry of Justice, Jerusalem, Israel
  • Regulatory Sanctions Opening Address, Operating in the New Regulatory Enforcement Environment, Whitehall and Industry Group, London
  • Environmental Law and Fragmentation Problems of Consistency and Effectiveness in Environmental Law Natural Resources Law Group, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway

2010

  • Lesson from US Environmental Enforcement Annual Conference, UK Environmental Law Association, Exeter
  • Environmental Sanctions Butterworths 6th Annual Environmental Law Conference, London
  • Prospects for a UK Environmental Court Environmental Courts, UK Environmental Law Association, London May 2010

2009

  • Civil Sanctions: Fairer and Better Environmental Enforcement? UK Environmental Law Association, London
  • Legal and Political Considerations 3rd Annual European Carbon Capture and Storage Summit, London
  • Managing Legal Liabilities Carbon Capture and Storage Forum, London
  • Reforming Regulatory Sanctions – An Integrated Model 4th Expert Group meeting on Application and Transposition of Community Law. European Commission, Brussels
  • Regulatory Justice: Making Sanctions Effective Scottish Environmental Protection Agency Workshop, Edinburgh
  • Environmental Sanctions – The New Dimensions UK Environmental Law Association, Edinburgh

2008

  • The Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Act 2008 Environmental Law : the New Regulatory Regime LexisNexis Conference, London
  • Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions The Regulatory State : Constitutional Implications International Association for Constitutional Law, London
  • Carbon Sequestration – Legal Issues Climate Change and its Challenges for the International Legal System British Institute of International and Comparative Law Annual Conference London
  • Rethinking Regulatory Sanctions Key Note Address Annual Conference Australian Environmental Law and Regulators Network (AELERT) Perth, Western Australia
  • The Review of Regulatory Sanctions Government Environmental Lawyers Annual Conference Perth, Western Australia
  • Environmental Justice : The Macrory Report on Regulatory Sanctions National Environmental Crime Conference, London
  • The New Environmental Sanctions – Revolution or Nightmare? Key-note address, ENDS Forum, Winchester, UK
  • Making Regulatory Justice Effective Environment Ireland 2008 Dublin
  • Aarhus and Access to Justice - the UK position The Aarhus Convention at Ten, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam
  • Implications of the New Environmental Sanctions UK Environmental Law Association Annual Conference, Canterbury, Kent
  • Sustainable business: responsibility and regulation - discussant, Creating a better place Environment Agency Conference, London
  • Access to Environmental Justice - The Sullivan Report, Government Legal Services, Environment Group, London
  • Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage - Launch of International CCS Regulators' Network – Opening Address , International Energy Agency, Paris
    Climate Change and the Law (Chair) UK Environmental Law Association/European Environmental Law Association, London
  • Access to Environmental Justice - European Community Dimensions, Kings' College, London
  • Regulatory Reform Scottish Health and Safety Lawyers Association, Edinburgh
  • Regulatory Sanctions – The New Agenda UK Environmental Law Association/Health and Safety Lawyers Association, London
  • Discussant Panelist, Biutiful Cauntri, film on the waste crisis in Campagna, Italy, London International Documentary Film Festival
  • Environmental Justice – The Emerging Agenda Reform of Northern Ireland Environmental Governance, Environmental and Planning Law Association Northern Ireland

Bar Practice

  • Chambers Legal Guide

    • (2012) “As a pre-eminent and pioneering academic in environmental law, Richard Macrory remains a leading authority on the subject in both a domestic and international context. One source says: "If there's anybody who knows their stuff, it's him.""
    • (2011) “a seasoned authority on the intricacies of a host of environmental cases and laws. According to clients, he is very knowledgeable about the background and reasoning behind legislation, which can be a real help when you have a difficult case."
    • (2009) "helped mould environment law as a discipline....detailed, knowledgeable”
    • (2008) “enjoys tangible critical acclaim”; “With experience that covers environmental law on a domestic and international level, Macrory 'does everything to a high standard and is able to utilise his strong academic knowledge of the subject.'”;
    • (2003) “When it comes to opinions ‘you would not expect to go to anyone better than’ Richard Macrory claim solicitors”;
    • (2001) “There are few people with such broad familiarity with the people and issues relating to the environment”
  • Legal 500
    • (2007) a "minefield of academic knowledge".
    • (2006) "Commended for his authoritative opinions."

Significant Litigation

  • R v S of S ex parte Friends of the Earth (1995) 7 Ad. LR 3617 (EC drinking water; advice and pleadings only);
  • R v Environment Agency ex parte Dockgrange [1997)]Env. LR 415 (EC waste; junior);
  • R v S of State for Trade and Industry ex p Greenpeace (1998) High Court (Habitats directive; advice and pleadings only);
  • British Waterways Board v Severn Trent (2001) Court of Appeal) (water law, junior);
  • R ex parte National Grid Gas v Environment Agency (2007) (House of Lords)(contaminated land, junior)

Recent Publications

  • MACRORY (2012) ‘The Role of the First Tier Environment Tribunal [2012] Judicial Review 54-60
  • MACRORY (2012) The UK Climate Change Act – Towards a Brave New legal World? In Backer, Fauchald, and Voight Pro Natura University of Oslo
  • MACRORY (2012) Environmental Sanctions under Scrutiny in International Comparative Guide to Environment Law 2012 Global Legal Group, London
  • MACRORY (2011) The Environment as an Instrument of Constitutional Change in Jowell and Oliver The Changing Constitution Oxford University Press 291-311
  • MACRORY (2011) ‘Weighing up the Performance’ Journal of Environmental Law Vol 23 No 2 311-318
  • MACRORY (2011) (with STEWART R and HAVERCROFT I (eds) Legal Aspects of Carbon Capture and Storage Hart Publishing, Oxford
  • MACRORY (2011) with Havercroft I Pulling the Threads Together in Macrory, Stewart and Havercroft Legal Aspects of Carbon Capture and Storage, Hart Publishing, Oxford
  • MACRORY (2011) Consistency and Effectiveness – Strengthening the New Environment Tribunal Centre for Law and the Environment, UCL ISBN 978-0-9560806-2-2
  • MACRORY (2010) Environmental Courts and Tribunals in England and Wales – A Tentative New Dawn Journal of Court Innovation Vol 3 Number 1
  • MACRORY, R (2010) Reforming Regulatory Sanctions in Oliver, Rawlings and Prosser (eds) The Regulatory State, Oxford University Press
  • MACRORY, R (2010) Regulation, Enforcement and Governance of Environmental Law, Hart Publishing, Oxford
  • MACRORY (2009) ‘Reforming Regulatory Sanctions – A Personal Perspective ‘ Environmental Law Review Vol 11/2 69-74
  • MACRORY, R (2009) Capturing the Legal Arguments European Lawyer 25 Jul 2009
  • MACRORY, R (2009) Maturity and Methodology’: A Personal Reflection Journal of Environmental Law Vol 21 No 2 251-254
  • MACRORY, R (2009) with MAURICI, J Rethinking regulatory sanctions – Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Act 2008 – an exchange of letters (2009) 21 ELM 4 183-6
  • MACRORY, R (2008) New Approaches to Regulatory Sanctions’ (2008) 20 Environmental Law and Management 200-200
  • MACRORY, R (2008) Environmental Public Law and Judicial Review, Judicial Review 2008 Vol 13(2) 115-125
  • MACRORY, R with Jans, J, Kramer, L and Winter, G (2008), Weighing Up the EC Environmental Liability Directive, Journal of Environmental Law Vol 20(2) 163-192
  • MACRORY, R (2008) Public Consultation and GMO Policy – A Very British Experiment, 2008 Journal of European Environmental and Planning Law 5(1) 95-107.
  • MACRORY, R (2008) Supra-national Enforcement of Environmental Law: Re-evaluating Compliance Mechanisms in the EU in International Comparative Guide to Environment Law 2008 Global Legal Group, London
  • MACRORY, R with John O’Hara (2007) Present Liabilities for past land contamination 2007 Journal of the Law Society of Western Australia Vol 34(9) 23-4
  • MACRORY, R (2007) Supra-National Enforcement of Environmental Law : Compliance Mechanisms in the European Union in International Comparative Legal Guide to Environment Law 2007 1-4, Global Legal Group, London
  • MACRORY, R with Dunseath K (2007) Should the UK be taxing aviation fuel? New Law Journal Vol 157 7270
  • MACRORY, R (2006) Regulatory Justice : Making Sanctions Effective Final Report, Macrory Review, Cabinet Office, London
  • MACRORY, R (2006) Regulatory Justice : Sanctioning in a Post-Hampton World Consultation Paper, Macrory Review, Cabinet Office, London
  • MACRORY, R (2006) Compliance Mechanisms in the European Community – A Global Model in International Comparative Legal Guide to Environment Law 2005, Global Legal Group, London
  • MACRORY (2005) Chemicals in Products : Safeguarding the Environment and Human Health in Weill (ed) European Proposal for Chemical Regulation : REACH and Beyond, Institute du developpement durable and des relations internationales, Paris
  • MACRORY (2005) The Enforcement of EU Environmental Law : Some Proposals for Reform in Macrory (ed) Reflections on 30 years of EU Environmental Law – A High Level of Protection? Europa Law Publishing, Netherlands
  • MACRORY R (2005) (ed) Reflections on 30 years of EU Environmental Law – A High Level of Protection? Europa Law Publishing, Netherlands
  • MACRORY (2005) Law and the Environment: Lessons from the European Experience in International Comparative Guide to Environment Law 2005, Global Legal Group, London
  • MACRORY R (2004) Trust and Transparency : Reshaping Environmental Governance in Northern Ireland Centre for Law and the Environment, University College, London
  • MACRORY R (2004) Principles of Judicial Review on Environmental Assessment (case analysis) Journal of Environmental Law Vol 16 No 2 285-288
  • MACRORY R (2004) (ed) Principles of European Environmental Law Europa Law Publishing, Netherlands
  • MACRORY R and NIESTROY I (2004) Emerging Transnational Policy Networks : the European Environmental Advisory Councils in Vg N and Faure M (ed) Green Giants MIT Press, Mass
  • MACRORY R and PURDY R (2004) Geological carbon sequestration: critical legal issues, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research Working Paper no.45, Tyndall Centre, University of East Anglia
  • MACRORY R (2004) Principles into Practice – Lessons from the European Experience in Falach (ed) International Comparative Guide to Environment Law 2004 Global Legal Group, London
  • MACRORY and WOODS (2003) Environmental Civil Penalties – A More Proportionate Response to Regulatory Breach Centre for Law and the Environment, University College, London
  • MACRORY and WOODS (2003) Modernizing Environmental Justice Town and Country Planning Vol 72 No 10 pp 304-305
  • MACRORY R and TURNER S (2003) Cross-border Environmental Governance and EC Law in Anderson, O’Dowd and Wilson (eds) New Borders for a Changing Europe Frank Cass, London
  • MACRORY R with WOODS M (2003) Modernizing Environmental Justice : Regulation and the Role of an Environmental Tribunal Centre for Law and the Environment, University College, London
  • MACRORY R and PURDY R (2003) Satellite photographs : 21st Century Evidence? New Law Journal Vol 153 No 7070 337-338
  • MACRORY R (2003) Technology and Environmental Law Enforcement in Winter (ed) Recht und Um-Welt pp 431-446 European Law Publishers, Amsterdam

Current Teaching

Graduate
Environmental Governance and Regulation
Environmental Law of the European Union

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