Senior Lecturer


Contact Details

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The University of Aberdeen Room D48B, School of Law, Taylor Building, Old Aberdeen, AB24 3UB


Olivia joined the School of Law as a Lecturer in February 2013.  She specialises in renewable energy law and environmental law.  Olivia worked at the Groningen Centre of Energy Law (of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands) between 2011 and 2013 as the coordinator of a research project concerned with the formulation of legal frameworks for offshore grid development in the North Sea (in collaboration with the Delft University of Technology).  She also conducted research at Groningen into the challenges presented to existing European Union and Member State regulations for electricity transmission and distribution systems by their increased use for transmitting and distributing energy from renewable sources.  Olivia undertook and completed a PhD in law at University College London between 2007 and 2012.  Her doctoral research was concerned with the protection of ecosystem functionality, and her thesis presents proposals for a system of governance and associated legal frameworks that seek to preserve this.  Ecological Governance: Reappraising Law's Role in Protecting EcosystemFunctionality, a book based on her doctoral research, was published by Cambridge University Press in hardback in November 2014 and as a paperback in November 2016.  


Research Interests

Law's role in securing a low-carbon energy transition; legal issues associated with offshore renewable energy generation; and the development of legal frameworks for the preservation of ecosystem functionality.  

Current Research

Reforming energy sector governance in the EU to promote a low carbon energy transition; and developing new structures for governance to address ecological degradation. 

Research Grants

Leader for Aberdeen University Centre for Energy Law (AUCfEL) on successful tender by consortium of which AUCfEL is a partner to be included in a shortlist of service providers entitled to bid for work packages made available by the European Commission's Directorate General for Energy and for Mobility and Transport for assistance in the field of energy law (June 2016). 


Teaching Responsibilities

Low Carbon Energy Transition: Renewable Energy Law (LLM) (coordinator)

International Energy and Environmental Law (LLM)

Low Carbon Energy Transition: Nuclear Energy and Carbon Capture and Storage (LLM)

Downstream Energy Law (LLM)

Principles of Environmental Regulation (LLM)

Energy and Environmental Law Professional Skills course (coordinator)

Energy Law Professional Skills course (coordinator)



Further Info

Admin Responsibilities

Course coordination for Low Carbon Energy Transition: Renewable Energy Law (LLM), Environmental Law (Hons), and Renewable Energy Law (MSC).

Coordinator of the School of Law's Energy and Environmental Law and Energy Law LLM Programmes (Dissertation and Professional Skills). 

PhD Supervision Interests

Dr Woolley is interested in supervising research students working in the areas of renewable energy and law (particularly marine renewables), climate law, and in environmental law (particularly law and ecosystem protection).