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Dr Joanna Smallwood

Post:Research Fellow (Law)
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Joanna completed a BSc Hons in Tropical Environmental Science and an LLM in Environmental Law at Aberdeen University.  Her BSc dissertation was published.  She worked at Friends of the Earth UK head offices in the parliamentary and in the legal department where she was involved in public interest cases including those concerning genetically modified organisms.  Inspired by the work at Friends of the Earth she then went on to qualify as a lawyer (PGDL and LPS; The London College of Law).  She completed her training contract and then practiced as a solicitor at Leigh, Day & Co. in London, with a particular interest in environmental law multi-party actions. She was involved in a group litigation  representing Columbian peasant farmers against ba large multinational oil company which was successfully resolved. Following some time out to look after her two children she returned to university in 2014 and completed an MSc in Social Research Methods at Sussex University and her PhD on the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity's Aichi Targets in the UK.


Dr Joanna Miller Smallwood a non-praticing solicitor and an ESRC funded Post Doctoral Fellow at Sussex University.  The title of her socio-legal research project is:  

Bridging the gap between international and domestic law - an interactional analysis of the UK's internalisation of the Convention on Biological Diversity Aichi Targets.

Her main research area is international biodivesity law, in particular the dynamics of the creation on international legal obligations within treaty instituional bodies such as the Conference of the Parties and their implementation at the national level. 


Professor Lindsay Stirton: 




Sept 1996



BSc Hons


Tropical Environmental Science

University of Aberdeen


Sept 1997




Environmental Law

Pollution Law (17/20), Environmental Regulations (17/20), International Environmental Law 15/20) and EC Environmental Law (18/20). 

University of Aberdeen



Sept 2002




Post Graduate Diploma Law


London College of Law



Sept 2003

Sept 2015



Legal Practitioners Course

 Social Research Methods

London College of Law

 Sussex University





Jan 2000-Aug 2002




Friends of the Earth UK 26-28 Underwood Street, 
N1 7JQ





Legal Assistant





I aided the lawyer, Peter Roderick, at FOE in a variety of matters including preparation for an international conference on GM.



Sept 2003-Sept 2005

Leigh, Day & Co. Priory House
25 St John's Lane


Trainee Solicitor

I conducted my first seat under Richard Stein in the Human Rights department. I conducted my second seat under Martyn Day in the complex claims department. I conducted research and aided in all steps of litigation including judicial reviews and multi-party actions. many of the legal actions were at an international or European level.


Sept 2005-June 2006

Leigh, Day & Co. Priory House
25 St John's Lane

Assistant Solicitor

I worked as an assistant solicitor in the complex claims department. I worked on a multi-party case involving the hip manufacturer DePuy which had scientific elements. I also worked on a multi-party action originating from Colombia against BP.



Poster presentation UCL/KCL Environmental Law Sympossium 25/2/16