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Jade Jones

Miss Jade Jones


Graduate Tutor

School of Law and Politics

Welsh speaking


I am a postgraduate researcher in the School of Law and Politics. I began my doctoral research in January 2022 under the supervision of Dr Richard Caddell (Cardiff University), Dr Reece Lewis (Cardiff University) and Professor Elen Stokes (University of Bristol). I am also part of the Nippon foundation Ocean Nexus research network, director of the Student Divison of Centre for Environmental Law and Policy (CELP) and research assistant for the Centre for International Law & Multilateralism (CILM).

My primary research interests are in the law of the sea and international environmental law, particularly in relation to the Arctic marine environment.

My doctoral thesis is focused on the development of legally-binding Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in thte Arctic high seas. I hope my thesis will be a source of practical application, particularly as Arctic state actors begin to consider arrangements following the future ratification of the legally binding instrument on Biodiveristy Beyond National Jurisidicition. 


Cardiff University LLB, First Class, 2016 - 2019.

Cardiff University LLM, Distinction, 2019 - 2020.


Doctoral Research

The forecast for a seasonally ice-free Arctic by 2035 has meant a seascape once considered too remote and hostile for viable activity is poised to become the next frontier for commercial, industrial and geopolitical venture. In response to the environmental danger presented by the growth in scope and intensity of human activities, the Arctic Ocean is subject to a dense network of multilateral and regional environmental agreements of varying legal authority. Nevertheless, the jurisdictional and sectoral fragmentation of the current legal framework as well as the inconsistent recognition of Arctic Indigenous Peoples' stakeholder interests, attests to the ongoing need of a more comprehensive and socially equitable form of environmental protection in the marine Arctic. 

Given the time of writing, it is anticipated that this project will be well positioned as an early commentator on the potential Arctic application of the new legally binding instrument on biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ Agreement).



2023 / 2024

  • Equity & Trusts (third year core module) Cardiff University.
  • Environmental Law & Policy (third year optional module) Cardiff University.
  • Tort Law (first year core module) Univeristy of Bristol.

2022 / 2023

  • Tort Law (second year core module) Cardiff University.


  • Undertaking the AdvanceHE - accredited Cardiff University Education Associate Fellowship Programme 2023/24.



'Scoping Report on High Seas Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and the BBNJ Treaty' Jade Jones, 2024.

'A legal review of the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act (1949) : A report prepared for Blue Marine Foundation by Cardiff University' Professor Ben Pontin and Jade Jones, June 2023.

'Bridging the Gaps : Enhancing capacity in environmental decision-making in Welsh planning processes' Research Assistant for Dr Caer Smyth, Cardiff University, February 2023.


Ocean Nexus Webinar, Live Online Presentation and Q&A with Jade Jones, Dr Richard Caddell and Dr Wilf Swartz 'High Seas Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and the BBNJ Treaty' April 2024.

Blue Marine online workshop, National Marine Parks - Delivering the Vision - Legal Opportunity, February 2024.

Online National Marine Parks Strategic Working Group meeting, National Marine Parks - Legal review: England and Wales, June 2023.

Cardiff University Research and Scholarship seminar series, Cardiff University, May 2023.

Cardiff University Centre for Environmental Law and Policy (CELP) seminar, Cardiff University, October 2022.

PGR Symposium, Cardiff Univeristy, May 2022.

Research Networks

Nippon Foundation Ocean Nexus network

Centre for International Law and Multilateralism (CILM), Cardiff University 

Centre for Environmental Law and Policy (CELP), Cardiff University

Student Division of the Centre for Environmental Law and Policy (Student CELP), Cardiff University


Social Media Editor for Review of European, Comparative and International Environmental Law (RECIEL) Journal


Polar Law Tidings

The Arctic Institute

Research themes


  • Polar Law
  • Law of the sea
  • International Environmental Law