Petra Larsen

Petra Larsen


  • Lecturer in Law, Law
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Dr Petra Larsen is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Manchester since 2022. She prior worked as a Teaching Associate since 2020, and before that part-time as a Teaching Assistant since September 2018. She currently teaches Public Law, EU Law and Obligations II/Tort Law. Previous years, she has taught Public International law, Jurisprudence and Legal System & Skills, and also supervised and marked LLM Dissertations within Intellectual Property Law. She was awarded a HEA Fellow accreditation in February 2021.

Petra's research is within Public International law/Law of the Sea. Her Doctoral Thesis focussed on global benefit sharing vs liability aspects of the developing legal framework on commercial exploitation of deep sea minerals. (Title: 'Alternative liability models in deep sea mining and their implications for global benefit sharing under the common heritage of mankind principle'.)

Petra otherwise holds an LLM in Law from the University of Gothenburg, which includes a Master year at Radbound University, the Netherlands within International and European law. She additionally holds a BA in Global Studies and Languages and has experience as a Bilateral Relations Generalist as a trainee at the Swedish Embassies to both Riga and the Hague.

As part of the UoM research community, Petra is an active member of the Manchester International Law Centre (MILC) and Women in International Law Network (WILNET). She has worked on several international conferences and was in 2018 a member of the Organising Committee for the 14th European Society in International Law Annual Conference. 

Main interests for future research: the Law of the Sea, deep sea mining and the transition to a circular economy.

Petra can be contacted via email at

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

External positions

Associate Lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU)

2 Oct 20201 Feb 2021

Areas of expertise

  • K Law (General)
  • International Law
  • Marine Environmental Law
  • Deep Sea Mining Regulation


  • International Law
  • Law of the Sea
  • Marine Environmental Law
  • Deep Sea Mining
  • International Seabed Authority
  • Common Heritage of Mankind
  • Marine Industries
  • Extractive Industries
  • Contractor Liability
  • Sponsoring State Liability


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