UCL Faculty of Laws

Prof Eloise Scotford

Prof Eloise Scotford

Professor of Environmental Law

Faculty of Laws


Joined UCL
1st Sep 2017

Research summary

Professor Scotford’s research covers many aspects of environmental law, in UK law and globally. She is a leading scholar on the legal treatment of environmental principles, air quality law, climate change governance, waste law, and legislative and adjudicative processes as they relate to the environment. She is currently engaged in focused research and engagement work on post-Brexit environmental law across the UK.

Professor Scotford is author of Environmental Principles and the Evolution of Environmental Law (Hart 2017) and co-authors OUP’s Environmental Law: Text, Cases and Materials with Professor Liz Fisher and Dr Bettina Lange. She co-authored a major international study into national air quality legislation (UNEP, Regulating Air Quality: The First Global Assessment of Air Pollution Legislation, 2021). She has published in both generalist legal journals and specialist environmental law journals, and edited collections on strategic environmental assessment (The Strategic Environmental Assessment Directive: A Plan for Success? Hart 2017) and technology and the law (Oxford Handbook of the Law and Regulation of Technology, OUP 2017). At the core of Professor Scotford’s research is an exploration of the richness, variety and openness of legal institutions, doctrines, and cultures in responding to and accommodating environmental problems.

Teaching summary


  • Environmental Law
  • Tort Law


  • Advanced Foundations of Environmental Law

  • International and Global Environmental Law
  • Environmental Lawyering
  • Land Use, Sustainability & Environmental Justice


Professor Scotford is Professor of Environmental Law and Dean of the Faculty of Laws. In 2018-2021, she was REF Lead (UoA18 - Law) and in 2019-2021, she was Vice-Dean (Research) in the UCL Faculty of Laws.

Professor Scotford joined UCL in 2017 from The Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s College London. She joined King’s as Lecturer in September 2010, following three years as Career Development Fellow in Environmental Law, Faculty of Law and Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford. Professor Scotford obtained the University Medal in Law in her undergraduate degree at the University of Sydney. After working as Associate to the Chief Justice of Australia in Canberra and as lecturer at the Universities of Sydney and New South Wales, she successfully read for the BCL, MPhil, and DPhil at the University of Oxford.

Professor Scotford has been a Trustee of the Council of Management of the UK Environmental Law Association and, in 2020-22, she was co-chair of UKELA’s Governance and Devolution Group (formerly Brexit Taskforce). She has advised Defra, the UN Environment Programme and the Commonwealth Secretariat on matters of environmental law. She is an Associate Member of Landmark Chambers, Advisory Board member for the Journal of Environmental Law, and a member of the Avosetta group of EU environmental law experts.