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Dr Megan Bowman

Lecturer in LawDr Megan Bowman



Room: SW2.04



Dr Megan Bowman joined King’s in August 2015.  Her expertise focuses on transnational analyses of commercial and financial regulation, climate finance, corporate ethics, and optimal regulatory design which accounts for both the levers and limits of law and policy.

Dr Bowman has consulted to government and also held previous academic positions at UNSW Australia (Sydney), McGill University (Montreal), and Monash University (Melbourne). She was awarded the highest accolade of the Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award for her leadership of the Magistrates’ Court Program at Victoria Law School in Melbourne. Most recently she became Assistant Editor for Transnational Environmental Law (Cambridge) and presented on the topic of corporate power in global green governance at the Institute for Global Law & Policy (Harvard Law School).

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 has garnered international recognition. She has been 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.

Prior to embarking on academia, Dr Bowman began her career in Australia as a solicitor at a top-tier commercial law firm and then subsequently at a non-profit environmental law organisation.

Research interests

Dr Bowman’s research concerns the intersections between financial regulation, commercial/corporate behaviour, and environmental sustainability in transnational contexts. Her 2015 monograph 'Banking on Climate Change' is the culmination of five years' scholarly work informed by industry and government knowledge exchanges. It is published as part of the Wolters Kluwer International Banking and Finance Law series. Combining theoretical and empirical insights, '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 in key market economies. 

'Banking on Climate Change' has received endorsements of excellence from international luminaries in banking law, corporate law, and climate policy, including the Hon. Mr Justice William Blair 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”.

The book will be publicly launched at King’s in November 2015.

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).

Refereed Journal Articles and Chapters

  • '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) (forthcoming).
  • 'Development and Global Sustainability: The Case for Corporate Climate Finance', Harvard College Review of Law & Society 8-12 (2014). 
  • 'Foreign Investment Law & Policy in Australia: A Critical Analysis', 8 Law & Financial Markets Review 65-77 (2014) (with G. Gilligan and J. O’Brien).
  • '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

  • Case Study 4 - 'Market Mechanisms and Industry Policy: The Financial Market', National Climate Change Adaption Research Facility (NCCARF) Policy Project (Nov. 16, 2012).
  • Commercial law
  • Contract law
  • Debt recovery 
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