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Dr Megan Bowman

Lecturer in LawDr Megan Bowman



Room: SW2.04






Dr Megan Bowman joined King’s in August 2015 and has been appointed a Dickson Poon School of Law ‘Rising Star’. Her expertise focuses on transnational analyses of climate finance, commercial and financial regulation, and corporate ethics. She is motivated by regulatory design options that account for the levers and limits of law in facilitating sustainability in market economies and China.

Dr Bowman consults to government on private-public climate finance, and is currently an advisor to several prominent UK non-government organisations on climate-related investment and banking. She is also a Visiting Professor at Université de Paris – Dauphine; and Assistant Editor for the Transnational Environmental Law journal (Cambridge).  

Dr Bowman earned a PhD from the Regulatory Institutions Network at the Australian National University from which her qualitative research on climate finance regulation in market economies garnered international recognition. She was an invited scholar to the Harvard/Stanford International Junior Faculty Forums, the C9/G8 Clean Energy symposium at Tsinghua University, and the Cambridge University Regulation and Governance conference.

She has held previous academic positions at McGill University in Canada, UNSW Australia, Monash University and Victoria Law School in Australia, and was awarded the highest accolade of the Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award at Victoria Law School.

Dr Bowman began her career as a practitioner in corporate-commercial law and environmental-planning law and is a qualified barrister and solicitor of the High Court of Australia and Supreme Court of Victoria.

Research interests

Dr Bowman’s research concerns the intersections between financial regulation, commercial/corporate behaviour, and environmental sustainability in transnational governance. Her 2015 monograph Banking on Climate Change comprises the culmination of five years' scholarly work informed by industry and government knowledge exchanges. It was published as part of the Wolters Kluwer International Banking and Finance Law series. Combining empirical insights with theoretical background, Banking on Climate Change is the first monograph of its kind in the emerging field of corporate climate finance and informs best practice in socially responsible investing and financial activity across key market economies and China. 

Banking on Climate Change has received endorsements of excellence from international luminaries in banking law, corporate law, and climate finance. It was launched at King’s College London on 30 November 2015 by the Hon. Mr Justice William Blair, Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court of the High Court of Justice of England and Wales, who has described it as a “ground-breaking study [that is] a timely work on an important issue, and is highly recommended”: 

See photos from the launch.

Selected publications


  • Banking on Climate Change: How Finance Actors and Transnational Regulatory Regimes Are Responding (Wolters Kluwer, International Banking and Finance Law Series (vol. 24): The Netherlands, 2015).

Reviewed by Professor Benjamin J. Richardson in (2016) 5(1) Transnational Environmental Law 207-209:

Refereed Journal Articles and Chapters

  • ‘China’s Investment Traditions and the Modern Transnational Corporation’ in A. De Jonge and R Tomasic (eds) Research Handbook on Transnational Corporations (Edgar Elgar, 2017), chapter 10 (with G. Gilligan and J. O’Brien).
  • ‘Energy Regulation for a Low Carbon Economy: Obstacles and Opportunities’ 33(2) Environmental and Planning Law Journal118-142 (2016) (with N. Gunningham)
  • 'Regulatory Contest in a Federal Context: Canadian and Australian Foreign Investment Law & Policy' 57 Canadian Business Law Journal (December 2015) (with G. Gilligan and J. O’Brien)
  • 'Development and Global Sustainability: The Case for Corporate Climate Finance', Harvard College Review of Law & Society 8-12 (2014). 
  • 'State Capital: Global and Australian Perspectives', 37 Seattle University Law Review 597-638 (2014) (with G. Gilligan).
  • 'Corporate Care and Climate Change: Implications for Bank Practice and Government Policy in the United States and Australia', 19 Stanford Journal of Law, Business & Finance 1-36 (2013). 
  • 'Nudging Effective Climate Policy Design', 35 International Journal of Global Energy Issues 242-254 (2011). 
  • 'The Role of the Banking Industry in Facilitating Climate Change Mitigation and the Transition to a Low-Carbon Global Economy', 27 Environmental and Planning Law Journal 448-468 (2010). 

Other Publications & Policy Papers

  • Innovative International Climate Finance Approaches, Options Paper for the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (August 2016).
  • Market Mechanisms and Industry Policy: The Financial Market, ANU case studies, National Climate Change Adaption Research Facility (NCCARF) Policy Project (November 2012). 


  • Commercial law
  • Contract law
  • Debt Restructuring


  • Corporate Actors in Sustainability Governance (Transnational Law LLM pathway)
  • Finance in International Trade (Online Corporate/Commercial LLM)
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