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Andrew Lewis   MARIA LEE
Professor of Law

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phone: +44 (0)20 7679 1449 | internal: x21449
email: maria.lee@ucl.ac.uk

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Maria Lee joined UCL as a Professor of Law in 2007. She is a member of the Centre for Law and the Environment, Centre for Ethics and Law and Centre for Law and Governance in Europe. Maria taught previously at King's College London and at the University of Central Lancashire and is also a former member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution and the London Sustainable Development Commission. She was a member of the Lancet / UCL Commission on climate change and health, which reported in 2009.

Maria’s main research interests lie in the law and policy of environmental protection. She is particularly interested in the ways we make decisions on risk, especially in areas of high technological complexity and controversy. She concentrates on the governance of decision making, examining the use of expertise, public participation and varied regulatory approaches. She has applied this work in a range of areas, including genetically modified organisms, nuclear energy, nanotechnology and water. Maria's main focus is regulation at EU level, but the relationships between EU, national and international actors are inevitably significant.

Maria’s current work examines the borderlines between private law (especially tort) and environment / public health regulation. Public law regulation has been the primary legal tool for the protection of public or collective interests in environment and public health for many decades. The private law of tort is frequently however called on to protect individual rights or interests (in eg property, physical integrity, amenity) affected by regulation itself or by the regulated activity. Where these private / individual rights and interests meet collective / public interests, the private law of tort meets regulation.


Articles and chapters in edited collections

Current Teaching
Maria Lee contributes to the undergraduate course in tort law

Maria Lee contributes to postgraduate courses in environmental law and policy.

Ph.D Supervision
Maria welcomes applications in the areas of environmental and tort law. Her current students are studying areas including climate change and corporate social responsibility.

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