UCL law professors join Royal Commission

26 February 2009

UCL Laws professors Maria Lee and Joanne Scott have been appointed to the commission that advises the Queen on environmental issues.

Maria Lee, UCL Professor of Law, and Joanne Scott, Professor of European Law and Vice-Dean for International Links at UCL Laws, have joined the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution.

They will both serve a term of three years at the body, which is an independent organisation that advises the Queen, Government and Parliament and the public on environmental issues. Among its recent work is a report published in November 2008 on nanotechnology.

Professor Lee joined UCL in 2007. She teaches and writes on the regulation of environmental matters and is also a member of the London Sustainable Development Commission.

Professor Scott’s specialism lies in European and international environmental law, including the activities of the World Trade Organisation. She joined UCL in 2005 and has been a visiting professor at at the Columbia and Harvard Law Schools in the US. She is also Co-Director of the Centre for Law and Governance in Europe.

Both academics took up their posts this month and will advise the Commission on its current report on adapting to climate change.

The Commission is also weighing up responses to proposals for its next major report. The potential topics include the environmental impact of demographic change; human rights and the environment; medical and veterinary chemicals in the environment; and new technologies for waste management.

Professors Lee and Scott join on the Commission UCL Professor of Law Jeffrey Jowell.