Dr Daria Shapovalova

Dr Daria Shapovalova
Dr Daria Shapovalova

Dr Daria Shapovalova


Accepting PhDs


Room D48, School of Law, Taylor Building, Old Aberdeen, AB24 3UB


Daria is a lecturer in energy law and the co-director of the Aberdeen University Centre for Energy Law. She joined the Law School as a lecturer in January 2017. Prior to that, Daria carried out PhD research at the University of Aberdeen. Daria's main research interests are in energy, environmental law and human rights. Her current research focuses on the climate change and energy law, indigenous rights, and the effectiveness of international law. Daria holds an LLB (National Law Academy of Ukraine, 2012) and an LLM in Public International Law (University of Groningen, 2013). She gained professional experience in energy consultancy and legal practice. Daria has published extensively on environmental and energy governance, and acts as an academic peer reviewer for journals in international and energy law. Daria is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is a member of the UK Environmental Law Association, World Commission of Environmental Law, and International Law Association. 

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships

Co-Director Aberdeen University Centre for Energy Law

Athena SWAN member of the self-assessment team

Deputy Director for Marketing and Student Recruitment

External Memberships

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

External Exmainer - University of Bedfordshire, Strathclyde University

Member of the International Law Association, IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law, UK Environmental Law Association

Member of the Advisory Board of the Yaroslav the Wise Law Academy of Ukraine


Research Overview

Public International Law

International Environmental Law

Indigenous Rights

Energy Law

Arctic Governance

Effectiveness of Intenrational Environmental Agreements

Oil Spill Prevention, Preparedness and Response Regulation

Research Areas

Accepting PhDs

I am currently accepting PhDs in Law.

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Accepting PhDs

Current Research

Daria’s main research interests are in how the regulation of the energy sector can help protect the environment and human rights. She has published extensively on the environmental and human rights impacts of oil and gas production, including studies on the Arctic region and on indigenous rights in Guyana. Daria is currently working on a manuscript on fossil fuels phase out in light of climate and energy law.

Funding and Grants


'Cold Connections: The Socio-Legal Natures of Submarine Cable Infrastructures in the Arctic’ (funded by the British Acdemy, 2019-2021)



Team member - AHRC Network Grant Science Based Regulation of Arctic Installations (https://www.scibarinstallations.org.uk/)


Teaching Responsibilities



LS5594 - Downstream Energy Law (coordinator)

LS501U- International Law in Time of Challenges (coordinator)

LS401Y - Advanced Public International Law/Advocacy (coordinator)

LS501C- International Energy and Envrionmental Law (coordinator)

EG552S - Renewable Energy Law (coordinator)

LS501H - Low Carbon Energy Transition: Renewable Energy Law 

LS2032 - Public International Law

LS551A - Principles of Environmental Regulation 

LS3531 - Energy Law

SX1015 - Oceans and Society

Non-course Teaching Responsibilities

Daria supervises research students in international, environmental, energy, and climate law.

Currently she supervises PhD students:

Alina Holzhausen, Human Rights-Based Climate Change Litigation (first supervisor)

Liliyana Kalinova, On the Provision of Envionmental Law for Mars (second supervisor)


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  • In Defence of the Principle of Common but Differentiated Responsibilities and Respective Capabilities

    Shapovalova, D.
    Debating Climate Law. Mayer, B., Zahar, A. (eds.). Cambridge University Press, pp. 63-75, 13 pages
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)
  • TAI Bookshelf Podcast – Arctic Petroleum and the 2°C Goal with Daria Shapovalova

    Shapovalova, D.
    Non-textual Forms: Web Publications and Websites
  • Rose-Liza Eisma-Osorio, Elizabeth A. Kirk, and Jessica Steinberg Albin (eds), The Impact of Environmental Law: Stories of the World We Want (Edward Elgar 2020)

    Shapovalova, D.
    Edinburgh Law Review, vol. 25, no. 1, pp. 145-147
    Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles
  • The Warming Arctic: How Thawing Permafrost Challenges Environmental Governance

    Shapovalova, D.
    Korean Maritime Institute/East West Centre (East West Centre). 3 pages.
    Other Contributions: Other Contributions
  • Russian Arctic Offshore Petroleum Governance: The effects of western sanctions and outlook for northern development

    Shapovalova, D., Galimullin, E., Grushevenko, E.
    Energy Policy, vol. 146, 111753
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Arctic Petroleum and the 2°C Goal: A Case for Accountability for Fossil-Fuel Supply

    Shapovalova, D.
    Climate Law, vol. 10, no. 3-4, pp. 282-307
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Oil Spill in Siberia: Are We Prepared for Permafrost Thaw

    Shapovalova, D.
    Non-textual Forms: Web Publications and Websites
  • Book review: Simon Marsden, Protecting the Third Pole: Transplanting International Law

    Shapovalova, D.
    Edinburgh Law Review, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 313-315
    Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles
  • Indigenous Rights and Resource Extraction in Guyana: A Learning Opportunity for the New Offshore Sector?

    Shapovalova, D.
    Oil, Gas & Energy Law Intelligence, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 1-27
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Special Rules for the Arctic? Comparative Analysis of Safety and Environmental Regulation of Offshore Petroleum Development in the Arctic Ocean States

    Shapovalova, D.
    Arctic Marine Sustainability. Pongrácz, E., Pavlov, V., Hänninen, N. (eds.). Springer, pp. 275-301, 27 pages
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)


Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings

Contributions to Journals

Contributions to Specialist Publications

Non-textual Forms

Other Contributions