Mr Jason Lowther

Mr Jason Lowther

Associate Professor of Law

School of Law, Criminology and Government (Faculty of Business)


Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Law



Teaching interests

Environmental Law, Tort law

Research interests

Environmental law (specifically sustainable development, marine environment, wildlife crime, habitat and conservation); Underwater Cultural Heritage law and policy; Tort law (especially nuisance); legal pedagogy (sustainability); drugs and the law

Other research


  • Torts Law Q&A, 2007 (and now 2008 and 2011) Cavendish (ISBN: 9780415425698)
  • Environment Law, EC ‘Da Vinci’, 2003, Slovakia (ISBN 80-8069-236-X)


  • Effectiveness, proportionality and deterrence: does criminalizing doping deliver? in Moller, Ed Encyclopaedia of Drugs in Sport (Routledge/University of Copenhagen) (In print). 


  •  Sustainability – Is It Legal? The Benefits and Challenges of Introducing Sustainability into the Law Curriculum (with Payne, s and Varnava, T) Jones et al (eds) Sustainability Education, Perspectives and Practice across Higher Education, Jones (et al) Eds., (2010), Earthscan, Chapter 8, pp 133-154 ISBN: 978-1-84407-877-6 hardback ISBN: 978-1-84407-878-3 paperback


  • Two Chapters (EU and International Law and Atmospheric Pollution) in Hughes, Environmental Law (4th Ed.), 2002, Butterworths (ISBN: 0 406 942919)


  • Criminal Law Regulation of Performance Enhancing Drugs: welcome formalisation or knee-jerk response? In O’Leary (Ed.), Drugs and Doping in Sport, Socio-Legal Perspectives, 2001, Cavendish (ISBN: 85941 6624)


Lowther J and Rodwell, LD, IFCAs: Stakeholder Perceptions of roles, and Legal Impact Environmental Law Review 115 (2013) pp11-26

Rodwell, LD, Lowther J, Hunter C, Magi, S, Fisheries co-management in a new era of marine policy in the UK: A preliminary assessment of stakeholder perceptions, Marine Policy (2013)

Moyle, L, Coomber, R and Lowther, J Crushing a Walnut With a Sledge Hammer? Analysing the Penal Response to the Social Supply of Illicit Drugs Social & Legal Studies (2013) 22(3)

Beyond National Legislation: using European regulation to manage the UK’s Underwater Cultural Heritage, IKUWA3 (UNESCO) 2012. pp 95-104

International Transfers of Hazardous Waste SLR (2012) Vol 66 pp24-26 

Sellick, J and Lowther, J, Enhancing the Protection of Animals Used for Scientific Purposes, Journal of Animal Welfare Law March 2011, pp1-9 

Lowther, J Determining the Meaning of Disturbance for European Protected Species Journal of Environmental Law (2011) 23 (2): 319-330 

Making environmental law more effective? The Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Act 2008 takes effect for environmental offences (2010) SLR Vol 61

Lowther, J, The Welfare Gap: the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 and the Application to Primates. Journal of Animal Welfare Law, Summer/Autumn 2010 pp16-21

Copenhagen Fails to Deliver Legally Binding Climate Commitment (2010) SLR Vol 60

Lowther et al,Salvage, Pollution Or Looting? The Stranding Of The Napoli's Cargo (updated) : (2009) 15 Journal of International Maritime Law 65-98

Lowther, Payne, S and Sellick, J, ,Sustainability as Law: Perceptions and Knowledge of Sustainable Development Concepts in Supreme Courts International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability (2009) Volume 5, Issue 3, pp.305-318. 

Lowther J and Sellick, J, Embedding Sustainable Development into Legal Education International Journal of the Humanities (2009) Volume 7, Issue 6, pp11-22

Remedying Environmental Damage: the UK’s Transposition of the Environmental Liability Directive (2009) SLR Vol 58

Lowther, J and Williams, M, Marine Licensing and the Marine and Coastal Access Bill Liverpool Law Review Volume 30, Issue 2 (2009), Page 115 

Lowther j and Payne, S, Marine and Coastal Access Bill Special Edition (Editorial – with Simon Payne) Liverpool Law Review: Volume 30, Issue 2 (2009), Page 97. 

The Marine and Coastal Access Bill (2009) SLR Vol 56 

An International Environmental Court? (2009) SLR Vol 57 

Lowther et al, Salvage, Pollution Or Looting? The Stranding Of The Napoli's Cargo: (2008) 19 Water Law 97-118

Oil Shipments, pollution and EC waste law liabilities (2008) Student Law Review Vol 55 

Lowthe,r J, Payne, S and Gray-Donald, J, Sustainable development and the role of judges: From international agreements to national laws.  International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability. Volume 3 2007.Issue 5 pp193-204 (ISSN 1832-2077)

Lowther, J, Can the UK offer more protection for endangered species? An evaluation of the potential use of Article 8(2) of the EC’s Wildlife Trade Regulation and recent developments with COTES, Environmental law and Management 17[2005]3 115

Lowther, J, Making EC Environmental Law Effective by Criminal Sanction: which pillar supports harmonisation? The Journal of Water Law16[2005]5 

Lowther, J, Wildlife Crimes with Added Bite: Evaluating Recent Amendments to the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, Environmental law and Management, 13 [2001] 5 249

Reports & invited lectures

Invitations to speak at conferences/workshops

  • Society of Legal Scholars 2010 Conference, Primate Welfare and Conservation, Southampton University, September 2010.


  • Fifth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability – Sustainability as law: judges perceptions of sustainable development (With S Payne) – Mauritius – January 2009


  • Association of Law Teachers 44th Annual Conference – Law and sustainability (with J Sellick), Amsterdam, April 2009


  • Seventh International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities – Embedding sustainable development into the law curriculum: the Plymouth experience, (with J Sellick), Beijing, June 2009


  • IKUWA3 (UNESCO) 2008, Using EC regulation to manage UK Underwater Cultural Heritage, UCL London, 10th July 2008 (with M. Williams)


  • Third International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability - Are Judges Literate in Sustainability? (with S. Payne and J. Gray Donald) – Chennai – January 2007


  • Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference 2007 – ESD and Law at the University of Plymouth (with S. Payne) – April 2007 


  • Internet Trade in Endangered Species, British Society of Criminology, Glasgow (2006)


  • Internet Trade in endangered species, Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime (DEFRA) annual seminar, London Zoological Society, March 2005 


  • Internet Trade in Endangered Species, 17th Annual UK Police and Customs Wildlife Enforcement Officer’s Conference, Tulliallan Castle, 8-9 October 2005


  • Nature Conservation and Legal Protection, British Council workshop held in Malaga, October 2003


  • Organised Crime involvement in Illegal Wildlife Trade, Royal Institute of International Affairs – Expert workshop on Environmental Crime, London, May 2002