UCL Faculty of Laws

Prof Jane Holder

Prof Jane Holder

Professor of Environmental Law

Faculty of Laws


Joined UCL
1st Oct 1992

Research summary

Jane's current research interests are the regulation of decision making concerning land use and development, EU environmental law, the environmental protection aspects of common ownership, ‘green’ legal theory, environmental justice and issues of environmental identity, environmental justice and education for sustainable development.   

Jane’s research focuses on regulatory mechanisms, particularly environmental assessment and its use as a means to assess whether negative environmental impacts of policies are borne disproportionately by certain sectors of the population.  This is coupled with research on European spatial planning and the concept of territorial cohesion (with Antonia Layard, Cardiff University).

Jane has built a practical element into this research on environmental justice by establishing (in association with Capacity Global) the LLM LARCS (Legal Action and Research for Communities and Sustainability) course which equips law students with the skills and knowledge to undertake legal research work in local communities.  

Jane is a member of the Centre for Law and the Environment, the Sustainable Cities Executive Board, and a member of the Higher Education Academy's Advisory Board on Education for Sustainable Development. 

Jane is Co Editor of the International Journal of Law in Context. In 2015 Jane was awarded the Oxford University Law Teacher of the Year award.

Jane is currently researching (with Donald McGillivray) town and village greens and the protection of open green spaces.

Teaching summary

Current Teaching


Environmental Law


Environmental Justice and Sustainability

Legal Action and Research for Communities and Sustainability (LARCS)

Environmental Law of the EU II

PhD supervision

Jane has supervised doctoral students working on public participation, land access isues, renewable energy, EU fisheries agreements, and EU transport policy. She welcomes applications for supervision in the following areas: environmental assessment, EU fisheries, EU habitat conservation, spatial strategy and planning at the European level and renewable energy. Jane welcomes the opportunity to supervise students working in related areas and is particularly keen to co-supervise students working on interdisciplinary projects.

Other activities

Jane convenes and teaches the Global Citizenship strand on Global Environmental Justice.


University of Warwick
, |
University of Warwick
, | 1990


Jane Holder has carried out research on environmental law since graduating from Warwick University in 1990. Her PhD (also carried out at Warwick University) was on environmental assessment, published as a book, Environmental Assessment: the Regulation of Decision Making (OUP, 2004).  Jane joined UCL in 1992 and has taught Planning Law, Environmental Law and EU Law and has supervised PhD students in these areas.  Jane has been a Trustee of the Environmental Law Foundation (ELF) and a member of the Board of the Journal of Environmental Law and Social and Legal Studies.  Jane is involved in the Education for Sustainable Development movement at UCL and is a member of the University's Steering Group on Environmental Sustainability.