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

Victoria is an Associate Professor in the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law where she has worked since 1999.Her research interests lie in environmental law, specifically legal approaches to sustainable development and the way in which land use planning, landscape and nature conservation laws seek to protect natural resources. She is particularly interested in  local perspectives and the impact of devolution on environmental protection in Wales.

Victoria has recently been awarded a Research Fellowship with the National Assembly for Wales. She will be considering how sustainable management of natural resources in Wales might be used as a lens through which to explore possible approaches to UK Common Frameworks after Brexit.

Victoria is also co-convenor of the United Kingdom Environmental Law Association Wales, Working Party. This group aims to bring together academics, legal practitioners, non-governmental organisations and others with an interest in environmental protection. It has acted as important stakeholder in the creation of a new legal framework for planning and environmental law in Wales.

Publications

  1. The legal response to safeguarding local environmental quality. Legal Studies 35(4), 648-674.
  2. Protecting the natural and cultural heritage of local landscapes: Finding substance in law and legal decision making. Land Use Policy 73, 73-83.
  3. Sustainable Management of Natural Resources: Lessons from Wales. Journal of Environmental Law
  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

  • LAA109 European Law 2

    The module will cover the substantive EU law, in particular litigation and the internal market.

  • LAA113 European Law 2

    The module will cover the substantive law of the EU, in particular litigation and the internal market.

  • 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