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Professor Sharon Turner

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Email address s.turner@qub.ac.uk
Telephone Direct Line (+44) 028 9097 3495
Room 29.201, 29 University Square

BCL, University College Dublin
LLM, Osgoode Hall
Barrister at Law, King's Inns Dublin

Sharon Turner graduated from the Law Faculty, University College Dublin in 1985 and was awarded the degree of Masters of Law from Osgoode Hall, Canada in 1987. The following year she was called to the Bar of the Republic of Ireland and became a member of the Honourable Society of King's Inns, Dublin. She was appointed to a Lectureship in the School of Law at Queen's University in 1988; promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2001 and became Professor of Environmental Law in 2004.

Professor Turner specializes in Environmental Law particularly, the EU and Irish dimensions (North and South). She is the lead author of the established text on environmental law in Northern Ireland and editor of two edited collections. In addition, she has published numerous articles and chapters in books. Professor Turner has recently returned to Queen's from a two-year secondment to the Department of the Environment (DOE) in Northern Ireland during which time she acted as the Department's senior legal advisor on the environment. As such she was extensively involved in advising the DOE, the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Department of Regional Development and the Northern Ireland Water Service on the development of environmental policy and legislation - in particular concerning the control of agricultural pollution by nutrients; the implementation of the Habitats Directive and the implications of lifting Crown Immunity for Water Service. She was also responsible for preparing the legal defenses to litigation taken by the EU Commission against the UK in respect of failures to implement EU Directives on the environment in N.I.

Professor Turner has recently been appointed to the panel of external legal experts advising the DOE. In addition, she is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Environmental Law and the Journal of European Environmental Policy. She is a founder member of the Environmental & Planning Law Association in Northern Ireland and is active in a wide variety of professional, community and Government advisory groups, notably the UK Environmental Law Association, the Advisory Council of the Environmental Law Foundation (London), the Northern Ireland Committee of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and the Department of the Environment Think Tank on Sustainable Development.



  • Foundations of European Community Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Clinical Law

Together with Professor Stuart Bell (Nottingham University), Dr Donald McGillivray (Birbeck College, London) and Andrea Ross-Robertson (Dundee University), Professor Turner was awarded funding from the UK Council for Legal Education to conduct the first national survey on the teaching of Environmental Law in the United Kingdom.

EU environmental law generally – particularly implementation processes; environmental governance – particularly the Irish experience (North and South); environmental regulation and environmental justice.

Selected Publications

‘Transforming Environmental Governance in Northern Ireland : Part One – The process of policy renewal', (forthcoming) Journal of Environmental Law, pp 1-30 ( Oxford University Press)

‘Transforming Environmental Governance in Northern Ireland : Part Two – The crisis of regulation', (forthcoming) Journal of Environmental Law (Oxford University Press)

'Cross-Border Environmental Governance and EC Law', (2003) 12 Journal of Regional & Federal Studies, pp.59-87 (Frank Cass) with R. Macrory.

The Implementation of EC Environmental Law in Northern Ireland, S. Turner (ed), (2002) European Commission & SLS Publications, xxiv and 232 pp. ISBN 0 85389 820 0

‘Participatory Rights, Transboundary Environmental Governance & EC Law', (2002) 39 Common Market Law Review, pp489-522 (Kluwer Law International) with R. Macrory.

Public Law and the Environment: New Directions? (2000, edited with Neil Faris) London: UK Environmental Law Association

Member of the School of Law Management Committee