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Professor Emily Reid LLB (Hons) (Edin); DipLP; LLM International and European Legal Studies (Dunelm); M. Jur. (Dunelm); Ph.D (Soton); PGCAP (Soton); HEA Fellow

Professor of International Economic Law and Sustainable Development

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Position: Professor of International Economic Law and Sustainable Development, Southampton Law School, University of Southampton

LLB (Hons) (Edin); DipLP; LLM International and European Legal Studies (Dunelm); M. Jur. (Dunelm); Ph.D (Soton); PGCAP (Soton); HEA Fellow

Emily completed her LLB at the University of Edinburgh followed by an LLM in International and European Legal Studies at the University of Durham. After a period as Research Assistant in the Durham European Law Institute, Emily was awarded a Faculty Studentship to undertake doctoral research at the University of Southampton, supervised by Prof. Takis Tridimas. She subsequently spent three years as a Lecturer in EU Law at the University of Sussex, before returning to the University of Southampton. Emily was promoted to Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in 2012 and to Chair in 2017.

Over her career Emily has taught predominantly EU Law, Public Law, WTO Law, and Globalisation and Law at the Universities of Sussex and Southampton.

Emily was Associate Dean, Education and Student Experience, Faculty of Business, Law and Art from 2015-18 and currently holds the role of Director of Internationalisation, Southampton Law School. Emily is also a member of the University steering group for Global Challenges Research Funding.

Research interests

Emily’s primary research interest lies in International Economic Law and Sustainable Development.  Emily has published significantly in EU and international economic law, with a growing focus upon the trade/environment/climate change interface. In recent years she has spoken in Sydney, Bochum, Johannesburg, Maynooth, Bristol, Washington, Goettingen, Lund and London, and given expert evidence to the House of Lords, European Union Select Committee, Internal Market Sub-Committee.

Her monograph, Balancing Human Rights, Environmental Protection and International Trade: Lessons from the European Union was originally published by Hart in January 2015, and in paperback in January 2017. Reviews and responses to this work include:

“The book is packed full of carefully considered and analysed material and we will all learn something interesting from it…This is a rich volume… we should be grateful for some detailed, rich discussions of three rather difficult and extensive legal areas”. Maria Lee, Review of European Community and International Environmental Law.,

“It’s a great piece of work-a wonderful balance between being very informative, but also making a deeper conceptual point taking the debate in all sorts of new directions.” Fiona Smith, Professor of International Economic Law, Leeds

[This] book provides an insightful analysis on the interaction and complex reconciliation of economic and non-economic interests.” – Ioanna Hadjiyianni, Journal of Environmental Law

“...this book offers something to all four readerships which it should attract: EU lawyers, environmental lawyers, human rights lawyers, and trade lawyers.” – Chris Hilson, Yearbook of European Law

“...the book combines environmental concerns with human rights concerns and therefore does justice to the concept of sustainable development…” – Rike Kramer, Journal of International Economic Law

It has also been positively reviewed in: Common Market Law Review; International Trade and Business Law Review, Revue Trimestrielle de droit Europeen , Indian Journal of International Law.

Emily’s current work is centred upon a long term project, Governance and Regulation in a Globalised Context. This project examines a number of case studies concerning legal and regulatory responses to contemporary global challenges, and reflects her interest in regulatory and judicial balancing between economic and non-economic interests (such as social and environmental) including both the associated cost-benefit analysis and questions relating to risk assessment, analysis and management. This work includes a number of case studies relating to contemporary global challenges.

Work in Progress

‘Solid Bulk Cargo Liquefaction: Strategies for Effective Control’ 

This is an inter-disciplinary, multi-stakeholder project, funded by Lloyd’s Register Foundation. Led by Susan Gourvenec (Engineering), Emily Reid (Law) and Fraser Sturt (Archaeology) this project runs from September 2020-August 2023.

‘Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: the Significance of Goal 17 - Partnerships for the Goals’.

The WTO’s contribution to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals: Goal 17 ‘Partnerships for the Goals’

‘Trade, Environment and Human Rights’ for Trade and Environment, (ed) P Delimatsis and L Reins, Volume 6, Elgar Encyclopedia of Environmental Law, Edward Elgar.

PhD Supervision

I welcome enquiries from students interested in undertaking research in International Economic Law, particularly WTO Law with a focus on "trade and..." linkage; Sustainable development; Global Law and Regulation; EU Substantive Law

Affiliate Research Groups

Centre for Law, Policy and Society; Centre for Private and Commercial Law; Institute of Maritime Law; Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute, Southampton Air Quality Research Forum.

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Reflecting her research interests, Emily’s teaching is focussed around national and international public law:

  • LLB Public Law 1 – Foundations (LAWS 1026/2042)
  • LLB Globalisation and law (LAWS3097)
  • LLM Law of the WTO (LAWS 6068)
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