UCL Faculty of Laws

Prof Richard Macrory

Prof Richard Macrory

Emeritus Professor

Faculty of Laws


Joined UCL
1st Oct 1999

Research summary

  • June 2009 – May 2012

    Carbon Capture Legal Programme Phase II (supported by donations from Rio Tinto, Mitsui, Shell, Schlumberger Carbon Services, The Crown Estate and RPS Group)

  • June 2007 – May 2009

    Carbon Capture Legal Programme Phase I (supported by donations RPS Group, Rio Tinto, RWE, Freshfields)

  • March 2006 - June 2007

    Legal Design of Environmental Compliance Manager (Haymarket Publications)

  • Summer 2006

    Carbon Capture and Storage: Legal and Policy Developments (RPS Group)

  • 2005-2008

    Satellite Monitoring as a Legal Compliance Tool in the Environmental Sector (Arts and Humanities Research Council Major Grants Scheme

  • 2005

    Sub-Seabed Disposal of Radioactive Waste – Legal Considerations (Committee of Radioactive Waste Management)

  • 2004-2005

    Transposition of 20 Environmental Directives in UK and Gibraltar (Institute of European Environment Policy and European Commission DG Environment)

  • Teaching summary


    Environmental Governance and Regulation

    Environmental Law of the European Union

    EU Law and Policy on Climate Change


    Professor Richard Macrory joined the Faculty in 1999. He had previously been teaching at Imperial College London, and was Director of the Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University.

    Richard Macrory was a Member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution between 1992 and 2003, and was a Board Member of the Environment Agency in England and Wales between 1999 and 2004. He was the founding editor in chief of the Journal of Environmental Law (Oxford University Press) and is currently legal correspondent to ENDS Report. He was Hon. President of the National Society for Clean Air 2005-6, and chairman of Merchant Ivory Film Productions between 1988 and 2004. In 2001-2003 he was elected chairman of the Steering Group of the European Environmental Advisory Councils, an informal network of official environmental advisory bodies throughout Europe. Professor Macrory is a Patron of the UK Environmental Law Association.

    In 2005 Professor Macrory was appointed by the Cabinet Office to lead a review on regulatory sanctions applicable to business generally. The final report, Regulatory Justice – Making Sanctions Effective was published at the end of 2006 and all the recommendations accepted by Government. His core recommendations on civil sanctions and regulatory governance are reflected in Part III Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Act 2008.
    Professor Macrory is a barrister and a member of Brick Court Chambers, London. In 2000 he was awarded a CBE for services to the environment and law, and in March 2008 he was made honorary Queens Counsel. In 2010 he was elected a Bencher of Gray’s Inn.