Position: Senior Lecturer
Email Address: C.Shelbourn@sheffield.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)114 222 6812
Room No: EF06
I joined what is now the School of Law as a lecturer in 1977, coming from the University of Birmingham, which makes me one of the longest serving members of staff in the School. During this time I have taught many different subjects. But for the last twenty five years have specialised in teaching Environmental Law. The module in Environmental Law was one of the first such course offered at a University in England, and was devised with the late Simon Ball. Together with Simon and I also devised what was at the time the only course in Heritage and Conservation Law. I am still involved in teaching heritage protection law, although to students in the architecture and archaeology departments rather than law students.
- M.Jur . University of Birmingham
- LL.B.(Hons) University of Birmingham
Teaching and Learning
I am happy to say that I am still teaching what is now one of the longest running courses in Environmental Law. This is an ever-changing, and increasingly relevant area of law, which has implications not only for those who wish to protect the environment, but also for business and industry. Environmental law is a complex subject, and its application is affected by social and political factors as much as the desire to protect the environment, so when I teach this module, we look not only at the law, but also at the policy framework in which the law operates, with the emphasis on what would happen in ‘real life’ (for example the reading for the first tutorial in this module is derived entirely from newspaper reports of real environmental incidents and issues). Students are supported by web-based learning materials, and I am always happy to help students with questions or difficulties they are experiencing in this subject.
I also teach heritage conservation law as an element in some modules taught in the School of Architecture and the Department of Archaeology. This is my main research area, and I am able to use this in teaching these modules.
The modules I teach are:
|Undergraduate||Postgraduate and MA|
|Environmental Law (Convenor)||Conservation and Regeneration Policy Law|
|Land Contamination, Restoration and Revegetation||Heritage, history and identity|
|Professional Practice, Law and Contracts|
My research interests lay primarily in cultural resources law, particularly the law relating to the protection of the built historic environment. This is a surprisingly wide area in which to carry out research. For example, my recent research has included:
- the legal protection of historically and architecturally important buildings and areas from harmful development in England and the USA
- the protection of archaeological sites from ‘time crime’ (principally damage to and looting of) archaeological sites
- the role played by archaeologists in England and in the USA, when a prosecution is brought for looting or damaging an archaeological site or ancient monument.
- the use of law to protect the traditional commercial character of town centres and ‘downtowns’ areas, comparing English planning controls with the use of ‘formula business ordinances’ in the USA
- the legal and ethical issues relating to the excavation, examination and display of human remains
At the moment the two main focusses of my research are heritage crime and burial archaeology.
Member of the Centre for the Study of Law in Society and Centre for Criminological Research.
Shelbourn, C. Digging the Dead: Burial Archaeology In Britain – Law, Policy and the Case for Reform (2010) 3 Art Antiquity and Law, 197-222
Shelbourn, C. (2008) Chaining the Chains – The Use of ‘Formula Business Ordinances’ to protect the character of Traditional Commercial Areas in the United States. Journal Of Planning and Environment Law, 1240-1252
Shelbourn, C. (2008) Time crime - looting of archaeological resources and the criminal law in England and the United States. Criminal Law Review, 204-213
Shelbourn, C. (2007) Protecting Archaeological Resources In The United States: Some Lessons For Law And Practice In England? Art Antiquity and Law, 259-278
Shelbourn, C. (2006) Preserving the Cherished Local Scene – A Comparison of Conservation Area Controls in England and Historic District Controls in the United States. Journal of Planning and Environmental Law, 1466- 1480
Shelbourn, C. (2006) Bringing The Skeletons Out Of The Closet? The Law and Human Remains In Art, Archaeology and Museum Collections. Art, Antiquity and Law 179-198
Recent Invited Papers and Keynote Lectures
2012 Socio-Legal Studies Association Conference, Leicester
Digging the Dead, some legal and ethical issues raised by research and burial archaeology
2011 La Vie dei Mercanti, Safeguard of Architectural Visual and Environmental Heritage (SAVE) Conference, Second University of Naples
Having heritage protection laws may not be enough: the case for education and guidance for heritage crime
Professional Activities and Recognition
Member, United Kingdom Environmental Lawyers Association
Member, Institute of Art and Law
Member, Society of Legal Scholars
Affiliate Member, Institute of Historic Building Conservation
Areas of Research Supervision
- Protection of the historic built environment
- Cultural resources protection
- Civil liability for environmental damage