Opi Outhwaite

Dr Opi Outhwaite PCAP, LLB, PhD

Dr Opi Outhwaite

Senior Lecturer

Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Humanities

Opi Outhwaite joined the Law School in 2009. Prior to this she was AHRC Research Fellow at the University and taught at the University of Hertfordshire and the Natural Resources Institute. She has over 10 years' experience in teaching and research centred on international law and sustainable development.

Opi is co-editor-in-chief of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Journal, a member of the Electronics Watch International Advisory Group and participates in several networks for international environmental law and business and human rights. She has provided 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. Opi 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.

Opi was awarded HEA funding to disseminate her innovative work in developing the Crime and Problem Solving course to lecturers from across UK law schools. Opi has undertaken a range of responsibilities in addition to her teaching and research. From 2011-2015 she led a major programme for enhanced transition which had a significant impact on the student experience and on attainment and retention. In 2017 she established and leads the Teaching and Learning in Law & Criminology research group (TALLAC), which spans pedagogical research and the practice and dissemination of innovation and best practice. She is also leading, with Stacy Banwell, a major Departmental review of equality and inclusion practices.


Law and the Environment (course coordinator)
Civil Liberties (course coordinator)
Crime and Problem Solving
Undergraduate and postgraduate dissertation supervision

Postgraduate research supervision
Veronica Torres: Transnational corporations, land and local communities, funded by the Government of Colombia,


William Rook: Mining industries and local communities in Africa: an evolving legal framework, funded by VC Scholarship, (MPhil, completed September 2017)
I welcome PhD applications connected with my research areas.

Internal leadership and academic citizenship

Teaching and Learning in Law and Criminology (TALLAC) research group leader
Athena SWAN Departmental Lead
Equality and Inclusion Review (co-lead)
University coach (CMI accredited)
Peer mentor (PG CertHE & GOLD)

External examiner: Suffolk University (appointed 2016 - 2020) - LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology, LLB (Hons) Law with Sociology, BSc (Hons) Criminology and Law

Co-Editor in Chief, IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Journal

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

International Advisory Group member: Electronics Watch

Professional affiliations and memberships

European Confederation for Critical Animal Studies (Founding Member)

World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL), peer-nominated expert

IUCN Academy of Environmental Law (member)

Animals and Society Institute (Member)

Socio-Legal Studies Association (Member)

BHRight Initiative (Business and Human Rights) (Member)

Association of Law Teachers (Member)

My research focuses on both social and environmental aspects of sustainable development. My work has addressed questions of global governance in relation to corporate responsibility, the application and implications of the multilateral trading system (through the WTO) and the international and regional frameworks for biosecurity, health and disease management, especially with respect to animals.

Funded research projects

Current research projects:

Reconsidering animals and the law
I am currently leading a programme of research (re-)examining and challenging the relationship between law and animals, including in the global context. This work draws on aspects of my work in environmental law and in human rights, but links with interdisciplinary work across the humanities and social sciences pertaining to 'the animal turn'.

Socially responsible global supply chains
From 2013 I played a significant role in the development of Electronics Watch, a completely new model for responsibility in the global electronics supply chain, directly impacting on the protection of rights and working conditions for factory workers throughout the geographically distributed chains of production. Additional outputs from this ongoing work include peer-reviewed publications, research and policy briefs and the work has been disseminated and developed through a series of high-impact symposia and workshops. Currently my work in this area is focused on options for worker-driven supply chain monitoring and its potential to overcome the problems of traditional monitoring methodologies.

() . 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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