UCL Faculty of Laws

Prof Maria Lee

Prof Maria Lee

Professor of Law

Faculty of Laws


Joined UCL
1st Sep 2007

Research summary

Maria's research interests lie in the law and policy of environmental protection. She is particularly interested in the ways we make decisions on environmental matters, 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. Maria's work also examines the borderlines between private law (especially tort) and environment / public health regulation. 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 a regulated activity. Where these private / individual rights and interests meet collective / public interests, the private law of tort meets regulation.

Teaching summary


Maria Lee contributes to the undergraduate course in tort law


Maria Lee contributes to postgraduate courses in environmental law and policy

Maria Lee has supervised PhDs on a range of areas of environmental law, risk regulation and tort.


University College London
SFHEA, Teaching and Learning in Higher Education | 2018
College of Law, London
Cert., Legal Practice | 1994
The College of Europe
LLM, European Law | 1993
University of Nottingham
BA, Law with French | 1992


Maria Lee joined UCL as a Professor of Law in 2007. She is co-director of the Centre for Law and the Environment. She is a member of the editorial committee of the Modern Law Review and the Journal of Environmental Law, and the advisory committee of Transnational Environmental Law . She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Society of Legal Scholars.

Maria was a member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution 2009-2011.

Maria taught previously at King's College London and at the University of Central Lancashire.