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, including in areas of high technological complexity and controversy. She concentrates on the governance of decision making, examining the ways in which law implicates issues like the use of expertise or public participation. 

Maria is currently pursuing these ideas in two key areas: the ways in which environmental groups use legal expertise; and in planning law.  Maria has also been working on the implications of Brexit for environmental law. 

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
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), ATQ04 - Recognised by the HEA as a Senior Fellow | 2018
College of Law, London
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), Certificate | 1994
The College of Europe
Other higher degree, Master of Laws | 1993
University of Nottingham
First Degree, Bachelor of Arts | 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 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.