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Chris Hilson

  • Teaching the following LLB modules: Tort, Environmental Law, EU Law 
  • Division Impact Lead, 2016-

Areas of interest

  • UK and EU environmental law and policy
  • Law and social movements
  • Law and climate change
  • EU law

Postgraduate supervision

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 (awarded 2017) PhD, Law and Climate Geoengineering
  • Behnam Balalimood (awarded 2018) PhD, EU Long-term Resident's Directive
  • Hazel Lobo (2017-) Waste Regulation
  • Selam Abebe (2018-) International Climate Compliance.


Professor Chris Hilson joined the School of Law of the University of Reading 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 PhD from the University of Sheffield involved a study of pollution control in its regulatory context. He was the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Environmental Law from 2008-2012 and has acted as an adviser on environmental law to NGOs including ClientEarth and Friends of the Earth.

His current research interests are in the areas of UK, EU and comparative environmental law and policy, climate law, and law and social movements.

Academic qualifications

BA (Cambridge), MA (Cantab), PhD (Sheffield).

Professional bodies/affiliations

  • 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 the Economic and Social Research Council (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

Selected publications

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 and seminars

  • Invited participant, Symposium "Law, Time and Futures", 15-17 November 2018, IASS Potsdam, Germany.
  • "Rights Framing and Fracking in the UK: The Owl of Minerva?", workshop, "Fracking Europe. Multidisciplinary perspectives on a checkered technology", 8-9 November 2018, Environmental Science Center (ESC), University of Augsburg, Germany.
  • Invited participant, Workshop on Trump, Brexit, and Environmental Law, University of Notre Dame (USA) in England, London, 17 April 2018.
  • Co-organiser of the conference (and panel Chair), "Strategic Litigation in Practice", Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, Mansfield College, Oxford, 14 Feb 2018.
  • "Framing Time in Climate Change Litigation", SLS conference, Dublin, 5 September 2017.
  • "Framing Time in Climate Change Litigation", workshop, Regulating Climate Change: Governance and Legal Mobilization, IISL, Onati, Spain, 27-28 July 2017.
  • "Framing Time in Climate Change Litigation", workshop on Climate Change Litigation and Legal Mobilization, UCL Department of Political Science and School of Public Policy, 21 July 2017.
  • "The Movement Against Nuclear Power in the 1970s: Protest, Litigation and Opportunity Theory", panel, Explaining Variation in European Legal Mobilization, 24th International Conference of Europeanists (CES), Glasgow, 13 July 2017.
  • "Legal Mobilization and Climate Displacement", paper presented at workshop, "Climate displacement and resettlement: what scope for claims-making 'from below'?", University of Reading, 21 February 2017.
  • Paper on Brexit and the Environment at the British Academy event, "Brexit and the Environment: A Roundtable", 30th January 2017.
  • Keynote presentation on Brexit and the Environment at a workshop "The Future of European Policy in the European Union", 19-20 January 2017, Centre for European Research, University of Gothenburg.
  • "The Impact of Brexit on the Environment: Exploring the Dynamics of a Complex Relationship", Journal of Environmental Law workshop, Re-Imagining Environmental Law in an Age of Sovereignty and Control, University of Edinburgh, 23rd Nov 2016.
  • "Substantive Environmental Rights in the EU: Doomed to Disappoint", European Forum of Judges for the Environment Conference 2016, Bucharest, 18-19 Nov 2016.
  • Chaired the workshop "Strategic Litigation to Promote Environmental Rights" at the conference, Litigating for Social Change, 19-21 October 2016, Belfast.
  • "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.