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Opi Outhwaite

Dr Opi Outhwaite PCAP, LLB, PhD

Dr Opi Outhwaite

Senior Lecturer

Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities

Dr. Opi Outhwaite is Senior Lecturer in Law. Her research spans a number of International Law fields with a particular focus on environmental law, human rights and international business. She is a member of the Business, Human rights and Environment Research Group, led by Olga Martin-Ortega, a member of the Electronics Watch International Advisory Group and participates in several networks for international environmental law and business and human rights.

Opi has a track record of providing research and consultancy for governmental and non-governmental bodies including the UK Department for environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), equivalent bodies in Tanzania and Belize, and Electronics Watch. She has been involved in numerous outreach and engagement activities and was interviewed by BBC Radio 4 in relation to her work on legal issues for honeybee conservation.

Prior to joining Greenwich in 2009 Opi was a Researcher at the University of Surrey where she worked on the project Corruption in International Business. Opi has also taught at the University of Hertfordshire and NRI.

Opi is First Year Tutor for the LLB Law Programme, overseeing the arrival and transition of new students and leading on several aspects of programme management and pastoral care for first year law students.  She has received both internal and external recognition for her role in developing an enhanced transition programme for LLB Law students and received HEA funding to disseminate work on an innovative course based on problem based learning (Crime and Problem Solving; co-designed with Kim Everett and Lynne Hanmore).

  • External Recognition
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Advisory Group member: Electronics Watch
  • Member of the BHRight Initiative (Business and Human Rights)
  • Member of the Business, Human Rights and Conflict Network
  • Member of the Socio-Legal Studies Association
  • Member of the Association of Law Teachers

Opi's research spans a number of International Law fields with a particular focus on environmental law (including aspects of health and disease governance), human rights and international business.

Opi is currently involved in projects within the Business, Human Rights and Environment Research Group focusing on socially responsible and sustainable supply chains. This work includes research in socially responsible public procurement in the electronics industry and the implementation of monitoring and the development of effective processes for monitoring supply chain conditions and addressing grievances.

In the field of environmental law and health governance Opi developed work on honey bee conservation and biosecurity and, as Research Fellow at Defra, reviewed the EU-UK framework for animal health. She has produced several publications examining the international legal framework for biosecurity, including animal health, and has participated in several seminar series and conferences in this field. In addition, Opi has made several significant contributions to legal and policy developments in this field.

At the University of Surrey, Opi's research on Corruption in International Business (led by Professor Indira Carr) led to a number of outputs including input in to an OECD Consultation on Bribery. Her outputs from this project (jointly authored with Prof. Carr) are frequently referred to in textbooks and reading lists for the topic as well as in reports and academic publications.

Opi teaches aspects of civil liberties and human rights and international environmental law within the LLB Law programme and also supervises dissertations and PhDs in related areas.

Funded research projects

Current research project

Opi was engaged as a Social Research Fellow at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) (2012–13) where she carried out an in-depth analysis of domestic and EU animal health law. She is also developing work on the regulation of wildlife in the context of biosecurity and disease pathways. Prior to this Opi received research funding from GRE for the project Legal frameworks for honey bee biosecurity and conservation. For further information see news article.

Opi is also involved in collaborative research focusing on regulatory and governance issues for supply chain sustainability and in relation to conflict minerals.

() . Journal of Environmental Law. Oxford University Press (OUP). pp. 317-341. ISSN 0952-8873 ISSN 0952-8873

and () . Human Rights and International Legal Discourse. Intersentia. ISSN 1783-7014 ISSN 1783-7014

, and () . The International Journal of Human Rights. Taylor and Francis Online. pp. 341-368. ISSN 1364-2987 ISSN 1364-2987

() . IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Journal. pp. 426-434.

() . IUCN Academy of Environmental Law eJournal. IUCN Academy of Environmental Law. pp. 282-291.

and () . Suffolk University Law Review. Suffolk University Law School. pp. 615-664. ISSN 0039-4696 ISSN 0039-4696

and () . Journal of Corporate Law Studies. Hart Publishing. pp. 343-368. ISSN 1473-5970 ISSN 1473-5970

() . Review of European Community & International Environmental Law (RECIEL). John Wiley & Sons, Inc.. pp. 207-226. ISSN 2050-0386 ISSN 2050-0386

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() . In: Routledge Handbook of Biodiversity and the Law. Routledge, Oxon. pp. 83-97. ISBN 978-1138693302

() . In: Biodiversity and Climate Change: Linkages at International, National and Local Levels. Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd., Cheltenham, UK. pp. 401-434. ISBN 9781782546887

() . In: Biosecurity: The Socio-Politics of Invasive Species and Infectious Diseases. Routledge / Taylor & Francis, Abingdon, Oxon, UK. pp. 75-90. ISBN 9780415534765

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and () . Business, Human Rights and the Environment (BHRE), University of Greenwich. ISSN 2057-5882 ISSN 2057-5882

, and () . Business, Human Rights and the Environment (BHRE), The School of Law, University of Greenwich.

, and () . Business, Human Rights and the Environment (BHRE), The School of Law, University of Greenwich.

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