Rosalind Malcolm

Professor Rosalind Malcolm

Professor of Law, Director of Environmental Regulatory Research Group (ERRG)
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Rosalind Malcolm is an environmental lawyer and engages in a range of research areas within that field such as regulatory frameworks for water and sanitation; regulatory approaches for ecodesign of green product development; and, approaches to compliance and enforcement across the environmental arena.

She also works across environmental health fields and has co-authored Statutory Nuisance (Malcolm, R. and Pointing, J., 2nd edition, 2011, OUP) and contributed a chapter on 'Organisations and environmental health - how environmental health is delivered' to Clay's Handbook of Environmental Health (ed, Battersby, S.) (20th ed., Spon Press, Taylor & Francis Group, 2011),

Rosalind is the Director of the Environmental Regulatory Research Group ( which is a research grouping of individuals and organisations engaged in research, teaching and consultancy into environmental regulation, compliance and enforcement.

Rosalind works in multi-disciplinary research groups and is an associate member of the Centre for Environmental Strategy, University of Surrey.

Rosalind also practises as a barrister from Guildford Chambers.

Research interests

  • regulatory frameworks for environmental management, compliance and enforcement
  • environment and poverty
  • operationalising rights to water and sanitation
  • natural resources law
  • substantive areas of environmental health law - food safety law and statutory nuisance

Current research projects include:

  • D-Box

Demining tool-BOX for humanitarian clearing of large scale area from anti-personal landmines and cluster munitionsFP7 programme (FP7-SEC-2011.1.3-3); (Co-investigator, 3 years; 2012-2015)

  • Climate Change: Science and Policy - Collaboration with North Carolina State University

Surrey Institute of Advanced Studies and British Council PMI2 UK-US New Partnership funding.

  • “Catalysing self-sustaining sanitation chains in informal settlements in Kigali, Kisumu and Kampala” (

European Water Initiative ERA-NET SplashCo-investigator (April 2011 - March 2014)

Recently completed projects include:

  • “The establishment of legal frameworks for independent water providers in Kenya and Ethiopia”(Leverhulme Trust) with Robens Centre for Public and Environmental Health and the Centre for Environmental Strategy, University of Surrey.


  • UK and European Environmental Law (UG and PG)
  • Food Safety Law (PG and professional programmes)
  • Statutory Nuisance Law (PG and professional programmes)
  • Property Law (UG)

Rosalind supervises a range of doctoral and masters' students within her research fields.

My publications


Publications include the following:


Statutory Nuisance: Law and Practice”(with John Pointing) 2nd ed., 2011, Oxford University Press, 429 and xxxvii pp., ISBN 978-0-19-956402-6).(1st ed., 2002, 386 and xlvii pp., ISBN 0 19 924246 1)

'Organisations and environmental health - how environmental health is delivered'Chapter 6, Clay's Handbook of Environmental Health (ed, Battersby, S.) (20th ed., Spon Press, Taylor & Francis Group, 2011), pp. 131 - 167.

Food Safety Enforcement”(with Pointing, J.) 2005, Chadwick House Publishing, (248 and xv pp.) (ISBN 1-904306-07-1)

Suing in Private Nuisance: the Rights of the Property Owner” Chapter in “Contemporary Property Law”, Ashgate Publishing, 1999, edited by Jackson, P. and Wilde, D. pp. 254 - 282. (ISBN 1 85521 884 4).

The Polluter Pays” Chapter contributed to “The Reform of Property Law”, Dartmouth Publishing Ltd., 1997, edited by Jackson, P. and Wilde, D., pp. 177 - 197 (ISBN 1-85521-884-4).

"Guidebook to Environmental Law"Sweet & Maxwell. 1994, (ISBN 0 421 51350 0) xxx and 259 pages.

Polymers, the Environment and Sustainable Development”Azapagic, A., Emsley, A, and Hamerton, I., Wiley 2003, pp. 10-12; 193-196 (ISBN 0-471-87741-7)

"Prosecuting Food Safety Act Offences"1993, (Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, London), with L.W. Blake and J. Pointing. (ISBN 0 900103 37 X).



'The establishment of legal frameworks for independent and small-scale water providers: Report presented at case study workshops in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 22nd May 2009 and Kisumu, Kenya, 27th May 2009'With Ayalew, M, Okotto, L., Pedley, S., Chenoweth, J., Mulugeta, Y., (2010) Surrey Law Working Papers, 05/10.

'Towards Safe and Affordable Water by Small-Scale and Independent Water Providers: A Manual on the Use of Legal Instruments'(2010) Centre for Environmental Strategy Working Paper (University of Surrey) With Ayalew, M, Okotto, L., Pedley, S., Chenoweth, J., Mulugeta, Y.


'Ecodesign laws and the environmental impact of our consumption of products'J. Env. L. 2011, 23(3), 487-503.

Integrated Product Policy: Products and their Impact on Energy”Volume 3, Issue 1 (2011) International Journal of Law in the Built Environment pp. 48-64.

"The Regulatory Implications of the Right to Water: Small-Scale and Independent Water Providers in Ethiopia and Kenya",With Ayalew, M, Okotto, L., Pedley, S., Chenoweth, J., Mulugeta, Y. (2010) OIDA International Journal of Sustainable Development, Vol. 1, No. 8, pp. 43-63.

“Statutory Nuisance: the Sanitary Paradigm and Judicial Conservatism”Journal of Environmental Law (2006) Vol 18 No 1, 37-54 (with John Pointing)

“Environmental Product Policy: a new regulatory paradigm for a consumer society”European Environmental Law Review [2005] EELR 134 - 144

“Ecolabels and Electric Monks”by Roland Clift, Rosalind Malcolm, Henrikke Baumann, Lucy Connell, and Gareth Rice for Journal of Industrial Ecology (2005, Vol. 9, No. 3, p. 4)

“Prosecuting for Environmental Crime: does crime pay?”Environmental Law and Management, (2002) Volume 14, Issue 5, pp 289-295

“Crime and the Environment in the United Kingdom”Surface Coatings International Part B, Vol. 86, B2, 91 - 168, pp. 119 - 123. June 2003.

“Barriers to Industrial Ecology: The strange case of 'the Tombesi Bypass' ”Malcolm, R. and Clift, R.Journal of Industrial Ecology, Volume 6, Issue 1 - Winter 2002, Editorial (published by Yale University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

“Becoming an environmental criminal”Surface Coatings International Part A, Coatings Journal, Journal of the Oil and Colour Chemists' Association. Vol.84, A2 49-100, March 2001, pp.81-84 (ISSN: 1356-0751)

Assured shorthold tenancies: obtaining possession”(Brown, J. and Malcolm, R.) Property Law Journal, 14 May 2001, No. 70, pp. 9-12 (ISSN: 1461-0752)

Risk Assessment and Environmental Litigation” Interdisciplinary Environmental Review, ed. Kevin L.Hickey and Demetri Kantarelis, Volume II, Number 2, 2000, pp. 123-140. (ISSN:0023-6234; ISBN: 0-9654033-5-1)

“Statutory Nuisance: The Validity of Abatement Notices”[2000] Journal of Planning and Environmental Law 894 - 903.

“Statutory Nuisance: Enforcement Issues and the Meaning of 'Prejudice to Health'”Environmental Law Review 1 (1999) 210 - 221.

“Statutory Nuisance Law in England and Wales”Malcolm, R.N. and Blake, L.W. Interdisciplinary Environmental Review, (refereed journal) ed. Kevin L.Hickey and Demetri Kantarelis, Volume 1, Number 2, 1999, pp. 162 - 176. (ISSN: 0023-6234)

“Food law - EU v UK?”(with Pointing J.) New Law Journal, 8 July 2005, pp. 1034 - 1035.

“A rural family at war”Estates Gazette, Number 0108, 24 February 2001, pp. 162 - 163.

“The concept of statutory nuisance: something of a nuisance” Estates Gazette, 11 November 2000, 170-171.

"Legislating for waste"July 1998, Environmental Protection Bulletin 055 (Institution of Chemical Engineers) pp. 25 - 30.

"Don't rubbish the rules: Controls on the disposal of waste"Estates Gazette July 25, 1998, pp. 107 - 108.

"Becoming an environmental criminal - offences and penalties in water and waste law"pp. 25 - 29, March 1998, Environmental Protection Bulletin. (Institution of Chemical Engineers).

“Clean-up Acts”Estates Gazette, No. 9806; February 7, 1998; pp. 139 - 140.

“Clear waters: EC legislation covering water supplies is constantly evolving, with huge implications for the property sector”. Estates Gazette, No. 9802; January 10, 1998; pp.118 - 119.

“Policing Pollution into the Millennium” Environmental Protection Bulletin (Institution of Chemical Engineers) Issue 050, September 1997, pp.38 - 42.

“Risk Assessment: a sea change in health and safety law”Environmental Protection Bulletin (Institution of Chemical Engineers) Issue 048, May 1997, pp. 27 - 33

“Company directors and criminal charges”Article in two parts: Estates Gazette No 9706, February 8, 1997, pp. 149-150 and No 9708, February 22, 1997, pp. 131-132

“Science and the Law - giving scientific evidence in the courtroom”Environmental Protection Bulletin (Institution of Chemical Engineers) Issue 042, May 1996, pp. 17-19.

“The Environment Act 1995 and the Environment Agency”Environmental Protection Bulletin (Institution of Chemical Engineers) Issue 041, March 1996, pp. 34-35

"The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations"Estates Gazette August 1995.

"Protecting the Countryside"Estates Gazette 6 August 1994.

"The Maastricht Treaty: how has Britain's membership of the European Community been affected by the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993?"Estates Gazette, Issue 9333, August 21, 1993, pp. 82 83.

"The Maastricht Impasse"Malaysian Law News, summer 1993.

"The Duty of Care under the Environmental Protection Act 1990",Estates Gazette August 1992.

"The implications of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 for the Waste Industry"Health and Safety at Work, July 1992.

"Law of inheritance and disinheritance! How far does English law restrict the freedom of a person to leave his property to whomsoever he wishes?" Estates Gazette, Issue 9215, April 18 1992.

"Accumulation and Maintenance Trusts" Estates Gazette, August 1991.

"Statutory Nuisances"Estates Gazette, Issue 9117, May 4 1991, p.100.

"Adverse Possession",Estates Gazette, Issue 9113, April 6, 1991, p.172.

"Recreational Charities"Estates Gazette, Issue 9105, February 9, 1991, p.151.

"EC Law and the English Legal System"Estates Gazette, Issue 9045, November 10, 1990, pp.47 48.

"Injunctions"Estates Gazette, Issue 9017, April 28, 1990, pp.87 88.

"Inheritance Tax for Individuals"Estates Gazette, Issue 9013, March 31, 1990, pp. 87 88.

"Environmental Assessment"Estates Gazette, Issue 8931, August 5, 1989, pp.63 64.

“Too late to allege an established use?" December 1987, Chartered Surveyor Weekly, p.65.

Joint editor of the law pages, Chartered Surveyor Weekly Sep 1987 Jan 1988. Contributor of case notes.

"A bad law won't make them good", The Times, Wednesday, October 23, 1985, p.16.

Editor, Bulletin of the Legal Action Group: 1985 1986. Contributor of editorials and articles.



'An Integrated Product Policy Approach to Products and their Impact on Energy'COBRA (Research stream of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors), September 2010.

'Toward Safe and Affordable Water: Critical Examination of the Regulatory Frameworks in Ethiopia and Kenya'Society of Legal Scholars, With Ayalew, M, Okotto, L., Pedley, S., Chenoweth, J., Mulugeta, Y., September 2010.

"The Regulatory Implications of the Right to Water: Small-Scale and Independent Water Providers in Ethiopia and Kenya",With Ayalew, M, Okotto, L., Pedley, S., Chenoweth, J., Mulugeta, Y. (June, 2010) Ontario International Development Agency and Laurentian University, Canada.

“Nanotechnology: an integrated product policy approach to risk”National Conference on Nanotechnology and Regulatory Issues, The Energy and Resources Institute, Delhi and the Department of Law, Calcutta University, India9-10 January 2009, Centre for NanoScience and Nanotechnology, Saltlake City, Kolkata, India.



"Equity and Trusts"Q & A Series, by Wilkie, M., Malcolm, R. and Luxton, P. (8th edition 2012, Oxford University Press). (1st ed. 1994, 2nd ed. 1996, 3rd ed, 2002, 4th ed. 2004, 5th ed. 2006, 6th ed. 2008, 7th ed. 2010.)

"Land Law",Q & A Series, by Wilkie, M., Luxton, P. and Malcolm, R. (7th edition, 2011, Oxford University Press (ISBN 978-0-19-929945-4, xxiii and 270 pages) (1st ed. 1995, 2nd ed. 1998, 3rd ed. 2001, 4th ed. 2003, 5th ed. 2005, 6th ed. 2008).

“Land Law: The Definitive Series” Institute of Legal Executives Tutorial Services, 1996.

English Legal SystemThree chapters contributed to the Manual for Institute of Legal Executives published in the autumn 1991: Chapter 4, "European Community Law", pp. 4.1 4.5, Chapter 14, "The Legal Profession", pp. 14.1 14.8,Chapter 15, "Financing Legal Services", pp. 15.1 15.6.[Updated for new edition in March 1993].

"The Best of Mainly for Students"Six chapters: pp. 207 211; 244 248; 441 446; 446 451; 472 480. (Estates Gazette, 1993) edited by Askham & Blake, (ISBN 0 7282 0185 2)

“The Best of Mainly for Students: Volume 2”Three chapters: pp. 232-236; 244 - 249; 389 - 392. (Estates Gazette, 1999) edited byAskham, P. and Blake, L.W., (ISBN 0 7282 03170)

“The Best of Mainly for Students: Volume 3”Four chapters: pp. 307 - 311; 317 - 321; 327 - 331; 395 - 399. (Estates Gazette,2004) edited by Askham, P. and Blake, L.W., (ISBN 0 7282 0422 3)