Staff Profile:Chris Hilson

Name:
Professor Chris Hilson
Job Title:
Professor
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Chris currently teaches the following courses:

  • LLB: Tort, Environmental Law
  • EU Law

Postgraduate Research Students Supervised

  • Vicky Bowyer (awarded 2002) LLM by research on Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Tim Moorhead (awarded 2011) PhD, Values and Legal Order: The Institutional Role of the European Court of Justice
  • Clemens Rieder (awarded 2012) PhD, Access to Health Services in EU Law
  • Amy Jackson (awarded 2012) PhD, Critical Legal Pluralism and Veiling
  • David Yuratich (awarded 2014) PhD, Democracy and the Court of Justice
  • Congcong Xu (2014-) Law and climate geoengineering
  • Vera Van Gool (2015-) Climate change and the precautionary principle

Head of School (1 August 2009 - 1 August 2014)

Division Impact Lead, 2016-

Areas of Interest:
  • UK and EU Environmental Law and Policy
  • Law and Social Movements
  • Law and Climate Change
  • EU Law
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Book Reviews

  • 'Balancing Human Rights, Environmental Protection, and International Trade - Lessons from the EU Experience by Emily Reid', book review, Yearbook of European Law 2015

'Full text' articles available

Recent Conferences/Seminars:

  • 'Substantive Environmental Rights in the EU: Doomed to Disappoint?', paper presented at 'Environmental Rights in Europe and Beyond' conference, Lund University, Sweden, 21-22 April 2016.
  • 'Ecological citizenship in the Laudato Si'', paper presented at a roundtable meeting on the environmental implications of the Pope's Encyclical on the Environment, organised by the University of Oxford's Foundation for Law, Justice and Society in association with the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Worcester College, Oxford, 10 March 2016.
  • 'Mapping Climate Change Adjudication', symposium on climate change adjudication, 'Adjudicating the Future: Climate Change & the Rule of Law', King's College London (and the FCO and Supreme Court), 17-19 September 2015.
  • 'Litigation Against Fracking Bans and Moratoriums in the US: Exit, Voice and Loyalty', SLS Conference, University of York, 1 September 2015.
  • 'The Curious Invisibility of Environmental Rights in the EU Legal Order', Council for European Studies conference, Paris, 9 July 2015.
  • 'Litigation Against Fracking Bans and Moratoriums in the US: Exit, Voice and Loyalty', Work-in-Progress seminar, School of Law, University of Reading, 27 May 2015.
  • Co-Chair (with Denise Huebner) and discussant for a panel, 'EU Law, Courts and Litigants: Litigation and Governance in a Supranational Polity', ECPR General Conference 2014, University of Glasgow 3-6 September 2014.
  • 'The Curious Invisibility of Environmental Rights in the EU Legal Order', IPSA World Congress, Montreal, 19-24 July 2014
  • Chris Hilson, 'Slapps in the UK', paper presented at workshop, 'Strategic Litigation: A Comparative Perspective' 29 November 2013, UCL, London.
  • Chris Hilson, 'Fear of Fracking: Risk, Public Concern and the Law', 1st Annual Energy Law Business Forum, London, 5-6 November 2013.
  • 'Critiquing Kitschelt: Litigation Levels and Opportunity Structures in Cross-National Focus', ECPR joint sessions of workshops, 'Mobilising Law', Mainz, 11-16 March 2013
  • "SLAPPS in the UK: Closing or Creating Legal Opportunity", workshop on "Climate Change Litigation, Policy and Mobilization", British Academy, London, 26-27 April 2012.
  • "SLAPPS in the UK", workshop "Activists on Trial: A Franco-British Dialogue", IEP, Rennes, 23-24 March 2012.
  • "Common But Differentiated Responsibilities in EU Climate Change Law: A Case of Double Standards?", Bristol EC-International Law Forum, "International Responsibility: EU and International Perspectives", 12-13 May 2011, University of Bristol.
  • "Domestic Standards and Domestic Court Rulings in the Environmental Jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights: Global Legal Pluralism in Action?", Workshop, "Changing Subjects: Rights, Remedies and Responsibilities of Individuals Under Global Legal Pluralism", EUI, Florence", 7 May 2011.
  • "Climate Change Litigation: An Explanatory Approach (Or Bringing Grievance Back In)", Climate Change Conference, Bocconi University, Milan, 19 November 2010.
  • "Climate Change Litigation: A Social Movement Perspective", Workshop on Legal and Criminological Consequences of Climate Change, IISL, Onati, Spain, 29-30 April 2010.
  • A full list of publications and proceedings is available by clicking here (PDF File 32Kb).
Qualifications:
B.A. (Cambridge), M.A. (Cantab), Ph.D. (Sheffield)

Biographical Details:

Chris Hilson joined the School of Law in 1996 from the Environmental Services Association where he acted for a short time as a policy advisor to the waste industry. Prior to that he was a lecturer in law at the University of Leeds from 1993-1996. His Ph.D. from the University of Sheffield involved a study of pollution control in its regulatory context.

Other Activities:

  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Journal of Environmental Law (OUP) 2012-
  • Editor, Journal of Environmental Law (2007-2012)
  • Legal Adviser to ClientEarth
  • Member of the editorial board of the Review of European Administrative Law (Europa Law Publishing) (2007-)
  • Book reviews editor, Journal of Environmental Law (2002-2007)
  • Book reviews editor, Environmental Law Review (2001-2002)
  • Involved in completed research project "Strategies of Civic Inclusion in Pan-European Civil Society" as part of part of the ESRC research programme "One Europe or Several? The Dynamics of Change Across Europe
  • Expert witness for Friends of the Earth Scotland, Letham Moss CBM PLI, Scotland, 28-31 March 2014
Prof. Christopher J. Hilson

Contact Details

Email:
c.j.hilson@reading.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0) 118 378 7501

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