Richard Macrory CBE

Richard Macrory CBE

BA, MA (Oxon), Barrister

Professor of Environmental Law (on leave)

+44 (0)20 3108 8348

r.macrory@ucl.ac.uk

“Richard Macrory CBE was the UK’s first professor of environmental law, and he impresses peers with his ‘encyclopaedic knowledge’ of the field. As one respondent put it: ‘He truly is an all-time great.'”

Who’s Who Legal UK Bar, 2015

“As a pre-eminent and pioneering academic in environmental law, Richard Macrory remains a leading authority on the subject in both a domestic and international context. One source says: ‘If there’s anybody who knows their stuff, it’s him.'”

Chambers and Partner Legal Guide, 2012

Professor Richard Macrory joined the Faculty in 1999. He had previously been teaching at Imperial College London, and was Director of the Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University.

Richard Macrory was a Member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution between 1992 and 2003, and was a Board Member of the Environment Agency in England and Wales between 1999 and 2004. He was the founding editor in chief of the Journal of Environmental Law (Oxford University Press) and is currently legal correspondent to ENDS Report.

He was Hon. President of the National Society for Clean Air 2005-6, and chairman of Merchant Ivory Film Productions between 1988 and 2004. In 2001-2003 he was elected chairman of the Steering Group of the European Environmental Advisory Councils, an informal network of official environmental advisory bodies throughout Europe. Professor Macrory is a Patron of the UK Environmental Law Association.

In 2005 Professor Macrory was appointed by the Cabinet Office to lead a review on regulatory sanctions applicable to business generally. The final report, ‘Regulatory Justice – Making Sanctions Effective’, was published at the end of 2006 and all the recommendations accepted by Government. His core recommendations on civil sanctions and regulatory governance are reflected in Part III Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Act 2008.

In 2011 he was commissioned by Lord Justice Carnwath, Senior President of Tribunals in England and Wales, to report on the potential jurisdiction of the new First Tier Environment Tribunal.

Professor Macrory is a barrister and a member of Brick Court Chambers, London. In 2000 he was awarded a CBE for services to the environment and law, and in March 2008 he was made honorary Queens Counsel. In 2010 he was elected a Bencher of Gray’s Inn.

Research

Current research interests

  • Regulatory aspects of carbon capture and storage, regulatory sanctions and the role and development of the environment tribunal in the UK.

Funded Research Projects

  • June 2009 – May 2012: 
Carbon Capture Legal Programme Phase II (supported by donations from Rio Tinto, Mitsui, Shell, Schlumberger Carbon Services, The Crown Estate and RPS Group)
  • June 2007 – May 2009
: Carbon Capture Legal Programme Phase I (supported by donations RPS Group, Rio Tinto, RWE, Freshfields)
  • March 2006 – June 2007
: Legal Design of Environmental Compliance Manager (Haymarket Publications)
  • Summer 2006
: Carbon Capture and Storage: Legal and Policy Developments (RPS Group)
  • 2005-2008
: Satellite Monitoring as a Legal Compliance Tool in the Environmental Sector (Arts and Humanities Research Council Major Grants Scheme
  • 2005
: Sub-Seabed Disposal of Radioactive Waste – Legal Considerations (Committee of Radioactive Waste Management)
  • 2004-2005
: Transposition of 20 Environmental Directives in UK and Gibraltar (Institute of European Environment Policy and European Commission DG Environment)
  • 2003: Evaluation of European Centres of Excellence in Remote Sensing British National Space Centre
  • 2002-2003: Modernizing Environmental Justice Dept of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • 2001-2002: Legislative Design and drafting of waste laws Hong Kong Government
  • 2000-2001: Applications of Earth Observation to the Legal Section British National Space Centre
  • 2000-2001: Transposition of Directive 85/337 (Environmental Assessment) in the UK and Gibraltar European Commission, DG Environment

View Richard’s research profile on the UCL IRIS website

 

Publications

Books

MACRORY (2014), Regulation, Enforcement and Governance of Environmental Law,  2nd edition Hart Publishing, Oxford

MACRORY (2013), (with J Jans and A Moreno Molina (eds)) National Courts and EU Environmental Law, Europa Law Publishing

MACRORY (2011), (with STEWART R and HAVERCROFT I (eds) Legal Aspects of Carbon Capture and Storage, Hart Publishing, Oxford

MACRORY, R (2010), Regulation, Enforcement and Governance of Environmental Law, Hart Publishing, Oxford

MACRORY R (2005), (ed) Reflections on 30 years of EU Environmental Law – A High Level of Protection? Europa Law Publishing, Netherlands

Book Chapters

MACRORY (2014), ‘European Moves on Environmental Enforcement’ International Comparative Guide to Environment Law, Global Legal Group, London (2014)

MACRORY (2013), (with V Madner and S Mayr) ‘Consistent Interpretation of EU Environmental Law’ in R Macrory, J Jans and A Moreno Molina (eds) National Courts and EU Environmental Law Europa Law Publishing

MACRORY (2013), ‘Environmental Enforcement and Sanctions’ International Comparative Guide to Environment Law, Global Legal Group, London (2013)

MACRORY (2012), ‘Environmental Sanctions under Scrutiny’ in International Comparative Guide to Environment Law, Global Legal Group, London (2012)

MACRORY (2012), ‘The UK Climate Change Act – Towards a Brave New legal World?In Backer, Fauchald, and Voight, Pro Natura University of Oslo

MACRORY, R (2010), ‘Reforming Regulatory Sanctions’, in Oliver, Rawlings and Prosser (eds) The Regulatory State, Oxford University Press

MACRORY, R (2008), ‘Supra-national Enforcement of Environmental Law: Re-evaluating Compliance Mechanisms in the EU’ in International Comparative Guide to Environment Law, 2008, Global Legal Group, London

MACRORY, R (2007), ‘Supra-National Enforcement of Environmental Law : Compliance Mechanisms in the European Union’, in International Comparative Legal Guide to Environment Law, 2007, 1-4, Global Legal Group, London

MACRORY, R (2006), ‘Compliance Mechanisms in the European Community – A Global Model’, in International Comparative Legal Guide to Environment Law 2005, Global Legal Group, London

MACRORY (2005), ‘Chemicals in Products : Safeguarding the Environment and Human Health’, in Weill (ed) European Proposal for Chemical Regulation : REACH and Beyond, Institute du developpement durable and des relations internationales, Paris

MACRORY (2005), ‘The Enforcement of EU Environmental Law : Some Proposals for Reform’, in Macrory (ed) Reflections on 30 years of EU Environmental Law – A High Level of Protection? Europa Law Publishing, Netherlands

MACRORY R and NIESTROY I (2004) ‘Emerging Transnational Policy Networks : the European Environmental Advisory Councils’ in Vg N and Faure M (ed) Green Giants MIT Press, Mass

MACRORY R (2004), ‘Principles into Practice – Lessons from the European Experience in Falach’, (ed) International Comparative Guide to Environment Law 2004 Global Legal Group, London

MACRORY R and TURNER S, (2003), ‘Cross-border Environmental Governance and EC Law’, in Anderson, O’Dowd and Wilson (eds), New Borders for a Changing Europe Frank Cass, London

MACRORY R (2003), ‘Technology and Environmental Law Enforcement’, in Winter (ed), Recht und Um-Welt, pp 431-446, European Law Publishers, Amsterdam

Recent Articles

MACRORY (2012) ‘The Role of the First Tier Environment Tribunal’ [2012] Judicial Review, 54-60

MACRORY (2011) ‘Weighing up the Performance’ Journal of Environmental Law, Vol. 23 No 2 311-318

MACRORY (2010) ‘Environmental Courts and Tribunals in England and Wales – A Tentative New Dawn’, Journal of Court Innovation, Vol. 3 Number 1

MACRORY (2009) ‘Reforming Regulatory Sanctions – A Personal Perspective ‘, Environmental Law Review, Vol. 11/2 69-74

MACRORY, R (2009) ‘Maturity and Methodology: A Personal Reflection’, Journal of Environmental Law, Vol. 21 No 2 251-254

MACRORY, R (2009) with MAURICI, J. ‘Rethinking regulatory sanctions – Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Act 2008 – an exchange of letters’, (2009) 21 ELM 4 183-6

MACRORY, R (2008) ‘New Approaches to Regulatory Sanctions’, (2008) 20 Environmental Law and Management 200-200

MACRORY, R (2008) ‘Environmental Public Law and Judicial Review’, Judicial Review, 2008 Vol 13(2) 115-125

MACRORY, R with Jans, J, Kramer, L and Winter, G (2008), ‘Weighing Up the EC Environmental Liability Directive’, Journal of Environmental Law, Vol. 20(2) 163-192

MACRORY, R (2008) ‘Public Consultation and GMO Policy – A Very British Experiment’, 2008, Journal of European Environmental and Planning Law 5(1) 95-107

MACRORY, R with John O’Hara (2007), ‘Present Liabilities for past land contamination’, 2007, Journal of the Law Society of Western Australia, Vol. 34(9) 23-4

MACRORY, R with Dunseath K (2007), ‘Should the UK be taxing aviation fuel?’, New Law Journal, Vol. 157 7270

MACRORY and WOODS (2003), ‘Modernizing Environmental Justice’, Town and Country Planning, Vol. 72 No 10 pp 304-305

MACRORY R and PURDY R, (2003), ‘Satellite photographs: 21st Century Evidence?’, New Law Journal, Vol. 153 No 7070 337-338

Other papers and reviews

MACRORY (2014), (with I. Havercroft) Legal Liability and Carbon capture and Storage – A Comparative Perspective  (Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute, Canberra

MACRORY (2013), (with C. Armani, C. Clarke, S. Doherty, E. Van der Marel, B. Milligan, and R. Purdy) Legal Status of CO2-Enhanced Oil Recovery SCCS CO2-EOR JIP, University of Edinburgh

MACRORY (2011), Consistency and Effectiveness – Strengthening the New Environment Tribunal Centre for Law and the Environment, UCL ISBN 978-0-9560806-2-2

MACRORY, R (2006), ‘Regulatory Justice: Making Sanctions Effective’, Final Report, Macrory Review, Cabinet Office, London

MACRORY, R (2006), ‘Regulatory Justice: Sanctioning in a Post-Hampton World’ Consultation Paper, Macrory Review, Cabinet Office, London

MACRORY R and PURDY R (2004), Geological carbon sequestration: critical legal issues, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research Working Paper no.45, Tyndall Centre, University of East Anglia

MACRORY and WOODS (2003), Environmental Civil Penalties – A More Proportionate Response to Regulatory Breach, Centre for Law and the Environment, University College, London

MACRORY R with WOODS M, (2003), Modernizing Environmental Justice: Regulation and the Role of an Environmental Tribunal, Centre for Law and the Environment, University College, London

Newspaper articles

MACRORY, R (2009) ‘Capturing the Legal Arguments’, European Lawyer, 25 Jul 2009