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Dr Ricardo Pereira

Dr Ricardo Pereira

Reader in Law

School of Law and Politics

+44 (0)29 2087 4644
0.08, Law Building, Museum Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3AX
Available for postgraduate supervision


Dr. Ricardo Pereira joined the Cardiff Law & Politics School in October 2015 as Senior Lecturer in Law and was promoted to Reader in Law in August 2020. At Cardiff he is the Chair of the LL.M .Exam Board, Route Convenor of the LL.M. in International Commercial Law, leader of the International Energy Law LL.M module, and also teaches in the LL.B. programme in Company Law and European Union Law.

Prior to joining Cardiff he held the positions of Senior Lecturer in Law and Sustainability at the University of Westminster, Business School (2013-2015); and Lecturer in Environmental and Energy Law at Imperial College London, Centre for Environmental Policy (2009-2012). In addition, he convened the LL.M. modules on International Natural Resources Law and International Law of the Sea at Queen Mary, University of London (2010-2014); and was Visiting Lecturer in International Environmental Law at University College London in 2012.

He holds a Ph.D. in Law obtained from the University of Essex in 2009; an LL.M. in Public International Law from City University, London; and an LL.M. in International Business Law from Queen Mary, University of London.

His research interests lie primarily in international and European environmental law, energy and natural resouces law, European criminal law, international economic law, the law of the sea and human rights law. His latest book is 'Environmental Criminal Liability and Enforcement in European and International Law', published by Martinus Nijhoff Publishers/Brill in September 2015. The book assesses legal, theoretical and practical questions relating to the harmonisation of environmental criminal law in Europe and internationally as well as the constitutional dimensions and effectiveness of transnational legal mechanisms aimed at combatting environmental crime. The book is widely cited in the 2018 United Nations Environment Programme's comprehensive study on environmental crime globally. More recently he co-edited 'The Governance of Criminal Justice in the European Union: Transnationalism, Localism and Public Participation in an Evolving Constitutional Order' (Edward Elgar, in press, December 2020) and is finalising a book on international natural resources law (in contract with Routledge) due to be published in late 2020.

He jointly obtained a £12,000 grant from the Centre for Law and Society for a series of workshops on transnational criminal justice in 2017-2018 co-organised with the Centre of Crime, Law and Justice and led a one-day workshop on EU criminal justice in June 2017. He is currently organising a Centre for Law and Society two-day workshop on 'Corporate Accountability for Human Rights Abuses and Natural Resources Governance: A Study in Global Law, Development and Justice' due to take place at Cardiff in May 2020.

He regularly gives advice to the National Assembly for Wales on matters relating to international trade and Brexit and is a member of the International Trade Agreements Advisory group to the Welsh Assembly, most recently writing a report on the UK-South Korea 'Continuity' Free Trade Agreement. In September 2016 he gave evidence before the National Assembly for Wales, External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee, on 'Brexit and WTO law', as part of the Committee's broader consultation on 'Leaving the European Union: Implications for Wales (International Law and Trade)'.

He acted as a consultant in a number of internationally-funded research projects, including for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in a global study on Integrated Spatial Planning, Biodiversity and Climate Change (2014-2015) and in 2019-2020 in a study funded by the European Commision (DG JUST) on the implementation of the EU Environmental Crime Directive in the Member States conducted by the consultancy Milieu.


Professional memberships

  • IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law (Member) (from 2016 - )
  • Socio-Legal Studies Association (Member) (from 2016 - )
  • European Criminal Law Academic Network (Member) (from 2016 - )
  • UACES (Member) (2016- )
  • Spanish Association of International Law & International Relations (AEPDIRI) (Member of scientific committe) (2015)
  • The International Society of Public Law (ICON-S) (from 2014 - )
  • Society of Legal Scholars (Member) (from 2012 - )
  • Brazilian Bar Associaton (Member) (from 2002 - )
  • UK Environmental Law Association (2006-2009)
  • International Law Association (British Branch) (2004-2006)

Speaking engagements

Conferences & workshops


  • Amnesty International, Corporate Crimes (with a focus on the Middle East), Annual Retreat, October
  • Common Good Foundation, Environmental Crime Conference, October, Jersey, United Kingdom
  • Workshop organisation: Corporate Accountability for Human Rights Abuses and Natural Resources Governance: A Study in Global Law, Development and Justice, May, Cardiff University (postponed)


  • Offshore Energy Projects and Brexit, Sept - Marine Evidence conference, Swansea University
  • Environmental Security in the High Seas: The Quest for Criminalisation, Cooperation and Effective Enforcement,' May, British Institute for International and Comparative Law (BIICL), London, Theory and International Law annual workshop

  • 'Transnational Legal Responses to Global Environmental Crime' - Feb, ELSA Thessaloniki International Environmental Law conference, Thessaloniki, Greece


  • 'The quest for effective enforcement of environmental law in the European Union,' September, UCAES annual conference, University of Bath
  • 'The quest for effective enforcement of environmental law in the European Union' August, European Environmental Law forum annual conference, Como, Italy.
  • 'Community engagement in environmental criminal law enforcement' Society of Legal Scholars annual conference.
  • 'The Nexus between Energy Security and Climate Security' - July, IUCN AEL annual conference, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow (with Quintavalla)
  • 'The Nexus between Energy Security and Climate Security' - June, ICON-S annual conference, University of Hong Kong (with Quintavalla)
  • 'Brexit and the Future of EU-UK energy and climate change cooperation' -  May, University of Cambridge, Department of Land Economy, Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (C-EENRG)


  • 'Towards an international crime of ecocide?' - November, Staff-PGR Student Seminar series (joinly organised with the CCLJ), Cardiff University, Law & Politics School
  • 'Public Participartion and the Environmental Rule of Law in Brazil' - September, OAS/UNEP 2nd conference on the environmental rule of law in the Americas, Santiago, Chile
  • 'An International Crime of Ecocide?' - May-June,  IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, Reseach Workshop & 15th Annual Colloquium, Cebu, The Phillipines


  • 'Tax Avoidance by Multinational Corporations and Natural Resources Sovereignty' - September, 17th Global Conference on Environmental Taxation, University of Groningen, the Netherlands
  • 'Maritime Boundary Disputes in the East China Sea and Arctic' - June, ICON-S annual conference on 'Borders, Otherness, and Public Law', Humboldt University, Berlin


  • Comments on draft EU level policy recommendations - October
    EFFACE workshop: Enhancing the EU's effort to combat environmental crime - the path ahead, Queen Mary, University of London
  • On the Implementation of the EU Environmental Crime Directive - The Example of Illegal Waste Disposal and Shipment Offences - September
    Effectiveness of Environmental Law, Aux Marseille Universite
  • Developing the Principles of International Law for Interstate Cooperation and Settlement of Disputes over Shared Natural Resources - July
    Public Law in an Uncertain World, New York University (NYU)
  • The EU Implementation of International Environmental Agreements - June
    The External Application of EU Law, AEPDIRI, Vigo, Spain
  • Chair and moderator of the ‘UK, Europe and the Challenges of Global Trade’ panel session - April
    ‘The United Kingdom and The European Union: Challenges And Prospects for a Lasting Union’, Conference organized by the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies and Konrad Adenaer Stifung
  • The Governance of Shared Natural Resources under International Law - February
    Rule of Law, Governance and Natural Resources,, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands (workshop jointly organised with the University of Warwick).


  • Access to Justice before International and Regional Courts by Indigenous Peoples in the Context of Extractive Industry Projects - September
    Environmental and Planning Law Aspects of Large Scale Projects, European Environmental Law Forum conference
  • Towards a Right to Clean Energy under International Law? - June
    Energy for a Fair Society in a Safe Planet, IUCN Annual Environmental Law Colloquium, Tarragona, Spain
  • 'Environmental Crime in the High Seas' - June
    Rethinking the Boundaries of Public Law and Public Space, University of Florence, Florence, Italy
  • The Future of the Principle of Permanent Sovereignty over Natural Resources - June
    Theory and International Law, British Institute for International and Comparative Law
  • Contested Spaces between States: international law and shared natural resources - June
    Borders in the 21st Century, University of Lancaster, Law School, UK

Committees and reviewing

Member of Advisory Board, International Community Law Review (2013 - to present)

Guest Editor: Review of European, Comparative and International Environmental Law (Special Issue, April 2021, forthcoming)

Book Reviews Editor, European Energy and Environmental Law Review (2009-2012)















  • LL.M. - International Energy Law (Module Leader)
  • LL.B. - Company Law (Lecturer and tutor)
  • LL.B. - European Union Law (Lecturer and tutor)
  • LL.B. - Commercial Law (2015-2017) (Module Leader, lecturer and tutor)
  • LL.M. - EU Internal Market Law (from 2015 - ) (Guest lecturer: the External Dimensions of the EU Internal Market)
  • MSc - Multilateralism and International Law (from 2019 - ) (Guest lecturer: Multilateralism and International Environmental Law)

My research interests lie primarily in international and European environmental law, energy and natural resouces law, European criminal law, international economic law, the law of the sea and human rights law.


I welcome Ph.D. proposals in the fields of international and EU environmental law, natural resources law and governance, the law of the sea, international economic law, comparative and European criminal law; and human rights law (particularly indigenous peoples' rights).

My current Ph.D. supervisees include:

- Dana Alduaij ‘Shareholders Rights and Shariah Corporate Governance in Islamic Financial Institutions’ (second supervisor)

- Jinnapat Pengnorapat: ‘Delisting of Species in Multilateral Environmental Agreements and Wildlife Conservation Laws’ (second supervisor)