Raymond Purdy

Researcher in Law of the Sea

Other affiliations

Faculty of Laws, UCL


Ray Purdy is a Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Law (2016 -). Prior to this he held academic research positions at: University of Oxford (1995); Imperial College (1996-2003); and University College London (2000-2014).

His key area of expertise is the use of space technologies as evidence and their capacity to monitor and enforce laws (particularly environmental ones). He is currently engaged in a project on the use of satellite monitoring in fisheries enforcement for the Oxford Martin School Programme on Sustainable Oceans. Previously he conducted funded research in this field for the European Commission, UK Space Agency, Arts and Humanities Research Council, Economic and Social Research Council and European Space Agency. In the field of space technologies he has contributed to the UN’s Manual on Compliance with and Enforcement of Multilateral Environmental Agreements, a European Commission publication entitled Ensuring Environmental Compliance and Combating Environmental Crime and an INECE report on Next Generation Compliance. He also edited a book entitled Evidence from Earth Observation Satellites. Emerging Legal Issues (Martinus Nijhoff/Brill, 2013). His research has been directly reported within the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space General Assembly.

He also has a research interest in environmental law. He has been an expert reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and International Energy Agency. He has also been the Assistant Editor of the Journal of Environmental Law (Oxford University Press) and the Managing Editor of Climate Policy (Elsevier/Taylor & Francis).

Research Interests

Environmental law. Space law.