Professor Karen Morrow
Professor of Environmental Law
Legal Studies
Telephone: (01792) 602623
Room: Office - 019
Ground Floor
Richard Price Building
Singleton Campus

Karen Morrow LLB, LLM was educated at the Queen’s University of Belfast and King’s College London. She has lectured at the Universities of Buckingham, Durham and Leeds and the Queen’s University of Belfast and has been Professor of Environmental Law at Swansea University since 2007. Karen's research interests focus on theoretical and practical aspects of public participation in environmental law and policy and on gender and the environment. She has published extensively on a range of environmental issues in both legal and interdisciplinary contexts.She was founding co-editor of the Journal of Human Rights and the Environment, and the IUCN e-journal. She is a founder member and part of the core team of the related Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment (GNHRE).

She serves on the editorial boards of the Environmental Law Review and the University of Western Australia Law Review. She is a series editor for Edward Elgar's Critical Reflections on Human Rights and the Environment series. She is an associate member of the Monash European and EU Law Centre and has held visiting faculty status at the Katholieke Universiteit of Leuven. She was a member (2013-2016) of the EU’s COST network working group on “Gender, Science, Technology and Environment” (genderSTE). She was a founding member of the Environmental and Planning law Association of Northern Ireland (EPLANI) and is a member of the United Kingdom Enviornmental Law Association (UKELA). Karen has successfully supervised a number of post-graduate research students in her main research areas at Swansea and as a guest expert supervisor at the EUI in Florence.

She has acted as an external examiner for PhDs in law and in cross-disciplinary environmental studies at a variety of institutions across Europe. She has acted as an external REF assessor for a number of institutions.

In 2017 she acted as an external assessor for the Centres of Excellence Programme in Law for the Finish Government’s national Academy and was part of the judging panel of the Irish and Northern Irish Government funded Irish Diaspora student writing awards. 

Areas of Expertise

  • Environmental law
  • ecofeminism.
  • Human Rights and Environment
  • Public Participation

Publications

  1. Gender and the Sustainable Development Goals. In Duncan French and Louis J. Kotzé (eds): Sustainable Development Goals Law, Theory and Implementation. (pp. 149-172). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.
  2. INFORMATIONAL REQUIREMENTS AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION. In J. Vinuales and E. Lees (Cambridge) (eds) Oxford Handbook on Comparative Environmental Law. UK: OUP.
  3. Sustainability, environmental citizenship rights and the ongoing challenges of reshaping supranational environmental governance. In Anna Grear and Louis Kotze (Ed.), Research Handbook on Human Rights and the Environment. (pp. 200-218). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
  4. & Chapter 12: Ecofeminist approaches to the construction of knowledge and coalition building – offering a way forward for international environmental law and policy. A Handbook.. In Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos and Victoria Brooks. (Ed.), Research Methods in Environmental Law. (pp. 289-315). Edward Elgar Publishing.
  5. Of Human Responsibility:Considering the Human/Environment Relationship and Ecosystems in the Anthropocene. In Louis Kotze (ed): Environmental Law and Governance for the Anthropocene. (pp. 269-287). Hart Publishing.

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Teaching

  • LA-366 Tort for Graduate Diploma in Law regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar

    Conversion course for non law graduates to fulfil academic requirements of professional bodies and enable progression to those wishing to become solicitors or barristers.

  • LAA111 Law of Tort 2

    While the law of tort in general is comprised of a number of distinct `torts¿, Law of Tort II is exclusively concerned with the tort of negligence. Negligence is numerically the most common and easily the most flexible in terms of the interests that it protects. Negligence is able to provide remedy in a number of situations including personal injury, psychiatric harm, property damage and economic loss. Law of Tort II will consider in detail all aspects of negligence from the inception of a claim to the eventual award of compensatory damages.

  • LAA115 Law of Tort 2

    While the law of tort in general is comprised of a number of distinct `torts¿, Law of Tort II is exclusively concerned with the tort of negligence. Negligence is numerically the most common and easily the most flexible in terms of the interests that it protects. Negligence is able to provide remedy in a number of situations including personal injury, psychiatric harm, property damage and economic loss. Law of Tort II will consider in detail all aspects of negligence from the inception of a claim to the eventual award of compensatory damages.

  • LAA214 Environmental Law 1 - Regulatory Law Approaches

    This module introduces students to regulatory law, the prime means of regulating environmental pollution. Key topics covered are: Introducing environmental law Command and control regulation Environmental offences Alternatives to command and control

  • LAA310 Environmental Law 1 - Regulatory Law Approaches

    This module introduces students to regulatory law as the prime legal means of engagement with environmental (pollution) issues. Key topic coverage: Introducing environmental law Command and control regulation Environmental offences Alternatives to command and control

  • LAAM02 Human Rights and the Environment

    The module aims to: Develop advanced specialist knowledge of contemporary human rights challenges in environmental law. Challenge students intellectually to develop critical awareness and evaluation skills through the advanced study of human rights challenges in environmental law. Develop the ability to apply acquired knowledge, understanding and critical awareness to different aspects of human rights challenges in environmental contexts, policy and practice. Encourage and develop the capacity to approach human rights challenges in environmental contexts as a practical foundation for law, policy and action. Develop and enhance a range of transferable skills to improve career and employment prospects.

  • LAQ211 Law of Tort 2

    While the law of tort in general is comprised of a number of distinct `torts¿, Law of Tort II is exclusively concerned with the tort of negligence. Negligence is numerically the most common and easily the most flexible in terms of the interests that it protects. Negligence is able to provide remedy in a number of situations including personal injury, psychiatric harm, property damage and economic loss. Law of Tort II will consider in detail all aspects of negligence from the inception of a claim to the eventual award of compensatory damages.

Supervision

  • Good Faith in Contract Performance (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Arwel Davies
    Other supervisor: Prof Karen Morrow

External Responsibilities

  • Co-Editor in Chief Journal of Human Rights and the Environment, Edward Elgar Publishing

    2010 - Present

  • Member of International Advisory Board for Gender & Environment, Book Series, Routledge

    2017 - Present

Research Groups

  • Member

    Hywel Dda Institute

  • Member

    The Centre for Environmental and Energy Law and Policy

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Departmental REF lead (Undergraduate)

    2016 - Present