Rob Amos

Dr Rob Amos LLB (Hons), LLM, PhD

Lecturer in Law

Rob joined Greenwich University in 2022 as a Lecturer in Law. He has previously worked as an Assistant Professor in Environmental Law at Nottingham University, an Associate Researcher at UCL and a Research Fellow at Sussex University. Rob completed his PhD, which addressed the conservation of plants in international law, at Sussex University in 2017, his LLM at UCL in 2013 and his LLB at Swansea University in 2012.

In addition to his work at Greenwich, Rob is co-lead of a research project with colleagues at UCL exploring how sustainability is, could and should be pursued in the higher education sector.

Rob’s work on conservation law has been recognised internationally. He is also involved in several international conservation charities. Principal among these is the Alpine Garden Society, for which Rob convenes the Conservation Steering Group.


Responsibilities within the university

  • Lecturer in Law
  • Rob currently teaches European Union Law, Equity and Trusts and Environmental Law

Research / Scholarly interests

Rob’s research interrogates the relationships between the natural world and society, challenging unsustainable status quos that drive the climate and ecological emergency. Current projects include monographs on advancing agroecology in international law and sustainability in higher education, and articles on environmental law pedagogy.

More specifically, Rob is interested in;

  • International environmental law, particularly as it relates to conservation and biodiversity
  • Rights of nature and ecocentric legal theories
  • Environmental justice
  • Sustainability education

Rob welcomes PhD proposals on any of the above. He is particularly keen to supervise projects with a strong interdisciplinary element, either within law or between law and another subject.

Key funded projects

Digging for SDGs: Laying Foundations for Sustainability in the Higher Education Sector – UCL Grand Challenges – £10,000, awarded 2022, ongoing

Recent publications


Amos R (forthcoming) Advancing Agroecology in International Law. Abingdon: Routledge

Amos R (2020) International Conservation Law: The Protection of Plants in Theory and Practice. Abingdon: Routledge

Journal Articles

Amos R (2021) ‘Assessing the Impact of the Habitats Directive: A Case Study of Europe’s Plants’. Journal of Environmental Law, 33, 365-393

Amos R (2020) ‘Exploiting the Final Frontier – Some Initial Thoughts on Regulating Humanity’s Relationships with Non-Terrestrial Life Forms’. Journal of Space Law, 45, 111-141

Amos R and Carvalho P (2020) ‘Locating a Course on Environmental Justice in Theories of Environmental Education and Global Citizenship’. Journal of Education for Sustainable Development, 14, 140-155

Amos R and Lydgate E (2020) ‘Trade, Transboundary Impacts and the Implementation of SDG-12’. Sustainability Science, 15, 1699-1710

Online Articles

Sustainable universities: Much more than estate management (


Finding Space for the Conservation of Trees in International Environmental Law’, Environmental Law’s Extinction Problem, Thursday 3rd December 2020, Queensland University of Technology (online)

Accepting Responsibility for Global Environmental Challenges: The Role of Education’, Development Education Research Centre Seminar Series, 4th February 2020, UCL Institute of Education

The Transboundary Gap in the Sustainable Development Goals’, Sussex Sustainability Research Programme Symposium, 11th September 2018, Sussex University

Sustainability Impact Assessment in the UK’, UK Trade Policy Observatory Policy Brief Launch, 2nd May 2018, Chatham House

Lessons from the COP: Research and Teaching Outcomes from a Negotiation Simulation’, Connecting Higher Education: International Perspectives on Research-based Education, 28th June 2017, UCL