Dr Victoria Jenkins
Associate Professor
Legal Studies
Telephone: (01792) 513587
Room: Office - 002
Ground Floor
Richard Price Building
Singleton Campus

Victoria is a senior lecturer in the School of Law and co-director of the Hywel Dda Institute. She is broadly interested in public environmental law, but legal approaches to the achievement of sustainable development, particularly from a local perspective and the impact of devolution on environmental protection in Wales.

She is co-convenor of the United Kingdom Environmental Law Association Wales, Working Party which has acted as important stakeholder in creating recent legislation on planning and environmental law in Wales. Victoria also represents UKELA on the Future Landscapes Working Group that is assisting Welsh Government in developing new approaches to designated landscapes in Wales.

Victoria has recenrly been awarded a Research Fellowship with the National Assembly for Wales. She will be considering how the approach to the Sustainable Management of Natural Resources (SMNR) in Wales might be used as a lens through which to explore the most appropriate means of dividing powers between Wales and the UK after Brexit in the interests of ecosystems resilience.

Publications

  1. Protecting the natural and cultural heritage of local landscapes: Finding substance in law and legal decision making. Land Use Policy 73, 73-83.
  2. Sustainable Management of Natural Resources: Lessons from Wales. Journal of Environmental Law
  3. The legal response to safeguarding local environmental quality. Legal Studies 35(4), 648-674.
  4. Gender and the Convention on Biological Diversity. In Jona Razzaque and Elisa Morgera (Ed.), Biodiversity and Nature Protection Law.. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
  5. Planning for Major Infrastructure in England: Front Loading Participation in the Interests of Efficiency. In Quality and Speed in Administrative Decision: Tension or Balance. (pp. 83-113). Cambridge: Intersentia.

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Teaching

  • LAA110 Public Law 2

    This module examines a number of key issues and principles in the Public Law of the United Kingdom, including judicial review.

  • LAA110C Cyfraith Cyhoeddus 2

    This module examines a number of key issues and principles in the Public Law of the United Kingdom, including judicial review.

  • LAA216 Nature Conservation Law

    This module will consider regulatory approaches to the protection of nature consevation at international, EU and UK level. We will consider international agreements relating to nature conservation before looking at the history of nature conservation law in the UK, and the way in which we have broadened our view of the legal mechanisms necessary for nature conservation from species-specific legislation to landscape and habitat protection; particularly in the light of the introduction of the EU Habitats DIrective.

  • LAA229 Planning Law

    The UK has one of the most sophisticated land use planning regimes in the world; the objective of which is to achieve a careful balance of social, economic and environmental concerns in pursuit of sustainable development. Planning law is therefore concerned with the regulation of private development in the wider public interest. Planning is quintessentially a democratic process as decisions are taken by representatives in government; but the legal framework also provides participatory rights for those people directly affected by these decisions. The basic legal framework for land use planning has remained largely unchanged since 1947, but the development challenges we currently face are becoming increasingly complex. This module will explore how the legal framework for land use planning has adapted to meet these challenges and how it operates to resolve conflicts over land use development.

  • LAA312 Nature Conservation Law

    This module will consider regulatory approaches to the protection of nature consevation at international, EU and UK level. We will consider international agreements relating to nature conservation before looking at the history of nature conservation law in the UK, and the way in which we have broadened our view of the legal mechanisms necessary for nature conservation from species-specific legislation to landscape and habitat protection; particularly in the light of the introduction of the EU Habitats DIrective.

  • LAA313 Planning Law

    The UK has one of the most sophisticated land use planning regimes in the world; the objective of which is to achieve a careful balance of social, economic and environmental concerns in pursuit of sustainable development. Planning law is therefore concerned with the regulation of private development in the wider public interest. Planning is quintessentially a democratic process as decisions are taken by representatives in government; but the legal framework also provides participatory rights for those people directly affected by these decisions. The basic legal framework for land use planning has remained largely unchanged since 1947, but the development challenges we currently face are becoming increasingly complex. This module will explore how the legal framework for land use planning has adapted to meet these challenges and how it operates to resolve conflicts over land use development.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Director of Joint Honours Progammes - College of Law, Swansea University

    2009 - Present

  • Study Abroad Co-ordinator - College of Law, Swansea University

    2009 - Present

Research Groups

  • Deputy Director

    Hywel Dda Institute

  • Member

    The Centre for Environmental and Energy Law and Policy

Key Grants and Projects

  • Research Fellowship with the National Assembly for Wales 2018