Dr Richard Caddell

Reader in Law and Head of Law, Cardiff University
Reader in Law and Head of Law, Cardiff University

Dr Richard Caddell is Head of Law at Cardiff University.  A Reader in Law at Cardiff School of Law and Politics, and a member of the Wales Governance Centre, Richard was previously a Senior Research Associate and Nippon Foundation Senior Nereus Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for the Law of the Sea, Utrecht University and has also held academic positions at the Universities of Swansea and Bangor. He was educated at Cardiff University, completing a PhD on the conservation of marine mammals in 2009. 

Richard's primary research interests lie in the law of the sea and environmental law, with a particular emphasis on wildlife conservation law, fisheries management, marine mammals, Polar law and marine environmental law at the international, EU, UK and devolved levels, as well as the exercise of free speech and protest rights. He is a Principal Investigator within the Nippon Foundation's Ocean Nexus Center, leading a project on ‘Brexit, Devolution and the Sea: Recasting Marine Governance in UK Waters’, which examines marine regulation by the devolved administrations and the ongoing impacts of Brexit on the marine environment of the UK. Richard is also a technical advisor with Conservation Without Borders, the leading conservation organisation promoting the protection of migratory wildlife.

Richard is currently writing Migratory Species and International Law: Challenges of Transboundary Conservation, the first major work on the legal issues raised by migratory wildlife, which will be published in 2022 by Edward Elgar. He is the co-editor of Research Handbook on Climate Change and Biodiversity Law (Edward Elgar, 2022, with Phillipa McCormack), Wetlands and International Environmental Law: The Evolution and Impact of the Ramsar Convention (Edward Elgar, 2022, with Royal C. Gardner and Erin Okuno), Strengthening International Fisheries Law in an Era of Changing Oceans (Hart, 2019, with Erik J. Molenaar), Shipping, Law and the Marine Environment in the Twenty-First Century (Lawtext, 2013, with D. Rhidian Thomas) and four editions of Blackstone's Statutes on Media Law (Oxford University Press, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2013, with Howard Johnson). Richard is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of International Wildlife Law and Policy and also serves on the Editorial Boards of the Yearbook of International Environmental Law, the Review of European, Comparative and International Environmental Law and Communications Law. He regularly acts as a legal advisor to national governments, inter-governmental bodies and NGOs on environmental and marine issues.

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