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The King’s Climate Law and Governance Centre is a leading institution for interdisciplinary research about legal and governance approaches to climate change and sustainability.

We have reached a juncture in the climate crisis where there is a clear need to critically evaluate legal frameworks and models of sustainability governance. Centre researchers are investigating taken-for-granted phenomena and also new developments such as financial regulator activity, civil society movements, implementing transnational low-carbon energy policies, and the roles of courts in adjudicating climate change.

Our researchers advise national governments, intergovernmental agencies, private sector companies and work in partnership with United Nations Environment (UNEP). We have published a special issue of the King’s Law Journal on environmental justice in the Anthropocene era as a forum for multiple voices and perspectives.

The Centre’s programme of activity includes talks by Visiting Professors, public lectures, professional roundtables, informal ‘armchair’ sessions with leading scholars, and a PhD-led reading group. Through this work, the Centre is advocating a key role for lawyers as educators, litigators, advisors, and agents of change. Following one of our recent roundtable events, Standard Chartered Bank and UNEP co-hosted a spin-off event in Nairobi. The aim is for our work to have an impact around the world.

Who we are

 Dr Megan Bowman Director 

Megan Bowman

Dr Megan Bowman is a Reader (Associate Professor) in Law, Director of King’s Climate Law and Governance, and leads the King’s/UN Environment (UNEP) partnership on Legal Readiness for Climate Finance. Her expertise focuses on the intersections between corporate, financial, and environmental laws and regulation in transnational contexts, with particular emphasis on the private sector. Her first book Banking on Climate Change: How Finance Actors and Transnational Regulatory Regimes are Responding (Kluwer 2015) empirically investigated the role of banks in addressing climate change. It has been described as ground-breaking and was launched by then Hon. Mr. Justice William Blair of the High Court of Justice of England and Wales. Her current work investigates legal and regulatory options for countries to mobilise public and private sustainable finance, and she consults to national governments and prominent NGOs on implementing the Paris Agreement. She is a qualified barrister and solicitor of the High Court of Australia and Supreme Court of Victoria with an LLM in International Law (McGill) and a PhD in regulatory theory (ANU).

Full profile: Dr Megan Bowman

Dr Leslie-Anne Duvic-Paoli  Deputy Director

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Dr Leslie-Anne Duvic-Paoli is a Lecturer in Law and Deputy Director of the Climate Law and Governance Centre at King’s College London. She is a public international lawyer, with expertise in environmental, climate and energy law.

Leslie-Anne is particularly interested in understanding the nature and content of environmental principles: her monograph, entitled The Prevention Principle in International Environmental Law, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2018. Her research also looks at the role of international law and governance in the energy transition to a low-carbon economy: it investigates the global legal implications of energy democratisation and highlights the importance of participatory mechanisms in the design of inclusive energy systems.

Leslie-Anne regularly attends climate COPs with Legal Response International and convenes the ‘Global Law of Climate Change’ LLM module at King’s. She is also the Project Leader of the Platform on International Energy Governance, a network of excellence that fosters the conduct of research in unexplored areas of international energy governance.

Full profile: Dr Leslie-Anne Duvic-Paoli

Dr Helen Adams  Core Governance Team
Helen Adams

Dr Helen Adams is a Lecturer in Geography and member of the interdisciplinary Core Governance team of the King’s Climate Law and Governance Centre. She specialises in Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation, co-directs the Centre for Integrated Research on Risk and Resilience (CIRRR), and teaches about migration, climate change, disasters and development. Helen’s research employs quantitative and qualitative methodologies to understand the impacts of climate and environmental change on human well-being. She has unique expertise in migration as an adaptive response to climate change, and subjective well-being and non-economic impacts. Helen frequently applies the insight gained in her research to interdisciplinary integrated modelling efforts. 

Helen spent several years as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Exeter, carried out her masters and PhD at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of East Anglia, and has previously worked on adaptation to climate change in the Climate Change Expert Group of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. She is a contributing author to the Human Security chapter of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s fifth assessment report, and is a lead author on the sixth assessment report.

Dr Tamsin Edwards    Core Governance Team

Dr Tamsin Edwards is a Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography and member of the interdisciplinary Core Governance team of the King’s Climate Law and Governance Centre. She is a climate scientist specialising in quantifying the uncertainties of climate model predictions, particularly for the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheet contributions to sea-level rise.

She is a Lead Author of the forthcoming Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report (to be published in 2021) and a Contributing Author to the IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (2019). 

Tamsin regularly advises the UK Government on sea-level rise, climate science and science communication, and provides expert comment to international media and business. She is an award-winning communicator, including through Twitter (@flimsin), her blog for the Public Library of Science, PLoS (All Models Are Wrong) and articles for the Guardian.

She is also the director of the MSc Climate Change: Environment, Science and Policy.

 Dr Emily Barritt 


Emily Barritt is Lecturer in Tort Law and the Co-Director of the Transnational Law Institute. Her research focuses on environmental democracy, access to justice, public participation, stewardship and climate change adjudication. She teaches on the undergraduate Tort and Environmental Law modules and runs a special model on Courts and Social Change at HMP Belmarsh. Emily is a Fellow at the Centre of Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance; University of Cambridge. Emily has also been a faculty member of the Law School’s Global League Summer School, co-teaching a course on Climate Change, Justice and Courts with Melanie Murcott of the University of Pretoria and was a Visiting Lecturer at the Centre for Transnational Legal Studies in 2018. Before being appointed, Emily was a Lecturer in Law at Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford, lecturing on the undergraduate environmental law module and giving tutorials on Constitutional Law and EU Law. She undertook her PhD research at King's and after that a post-doc at the University of Cambridge where she worked on a United Nations Environment Programme project developing legal options for marine biodiversity protection in areas beyond national jurisdiction. 

Full profile: Dr Emily Barritt

Dr Aleksandra Jordanoska  

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Dr Aleksandra Jordanoska joined the School of Law as a Lecturer in 2018. She previously taught at Manchester University, Keele University, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and at the Ss Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Macedonia. Aleksandra holds an LL.B. degree with specialisation in Criminal Law and a Master of Laws degree in Theory of Law from the Ss Cyril and Methodius University. Following this, she received the Chevening/OSI/COT scholarship to undertake a Master of Philosophy in Criminology at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge. She was awarded her PhD from the School of Law, QMUL, fully funded by a 3-year Queen Mary Research Studentship, for her research on the regulatory enforcement in the UK financial services industry after the 2008 financial crisis. Aleksandra was a Visiting Scholar at the Global Centre for Law and Society, University of California, Berekely; a Departmental Visitor at RegNet, Australian National University (2014, funded by QMUL); and a research visitor at the HEUNI, Helsinki (2012, funded by HEUNI) and at the International Institute for Sociology of Law, Onati (2008, funded by IISL). Together with Russell Mills (BGSU), Aleksandra is the co-chair of the Collaborative Research Network in Regulatory Governance at the American Law and Society Association. She is the recipient of funding for research and academic event organisation by the UK council ESRC, and the QMUL, Manchester and Leeds universities.

Dr Yael Lifshitz 

Yael Lifshitz

Dr Yael Lifshitz is a Lecturer in Law at King’s College London. She teaches and researches in energy law and natural resources and is a fellow with the Guarini Center on Environmental, Energy and Land Use Law at New York University (NYU) Law School. Her scholarship focuses on energy law and policy, examining the diverse set of rules and institutions that govern access to energy and natural resources. In her latest project, she unearths the new property-energy connection that has emerged due to fundamental shifts in the generation of electricity in our world today.

Professor Ann Mumford 


Ann Mumford is Professor of Taxation Law at King's College London.  She specialises in tax law, fiscal institutions and equality.  She is the author of three monographs, including Fiscal Sociology at the Centenary, which was published in October 2019 within the Palgrave Socio-Legal Studies series edited by Professor Dave Cowan. The scope of her published work has ranged from feminist perspectives on taxation law to, as a contributor to the “new” fiscal sociology movement, the integration of tax legal scholarship into the realm of economic sociology. 

 Ms Sue Willman 

Sue Willman

Sue Willman joined King’s Legal Clinic in 2020 as Assistant Director and Supervising solicitor, developing legal interventions on climate justice, linked to the Clinic’s climate justice pledge.

She is also a partner at public interest firm Deighton Pierce Glynn specialising in public law, including the intersecting fields of human rights and the environment.

In the UK, Sue has acted in judicial reviews to challenge decisions to build incinerators in the UK, including a successful challenge to a proposed £300m biomass plant which would have burned imported wood for energy. Sue collaborates with the Environmental Law Foundation which aims to provide access to justice for communities and individuals on environmental issues. One such case is on behalf of the London Waterkeeper investigating legal challenges to the pollution of local rivers. Sue has an interest in the Wild Law movement and the development of the rights of nature.

Sue has experience in the impact of multinational extractive companies in Africa and Latin America. In 2015, she issued a civil claim against BP and other oil companies on behalf of a Colombian trade unionist who had been kidnapped and tortured by paramilitaries linked to the Colombian army which had received payments from BP for equipment. Sue has worked to support communities affected by oil exploration in Colombia, establishing the Oiljustice Project with War on Want in the UK and the NGO COS-PACC in Colombia. Sue is a trustee of the London Mining Network, which conducts research and advocacy on the impact of mining on human rights and the environment and sustainable development, working closely with mining-affected communities, especially indigenous people. She has an LLM in International Legal Studies from Georgetown University.

 Ms Felicia Liu 

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Felicia Liu is a PhD candidate in Geography at King’s College London and the National University of Singapore under the joint supervision of Prof David Demerrit (Geography) and Dr Megan Bowman (Law). Her PhD research compares the regulation of climate-related financial disclosures in two networks of capital markets in East Asia. Prior to commencing her PhD, Felicia investigated non-financial reporting regulations in the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and the Singapore Exchange for her dissertation in MA Climate Change: History, Culture, and Society in the Department of Geography at King’s.  She is currently a member of the King's Climate Activity Hub and the Risk and Society Research Domain at King's and the Politics, Economics and Space Research Group at the National University of Singapore.

 Ms Laura Mai 

Laura Mai

Laura Mai is a doctoral candidate at King’s College London under the joint supervision of Dr Megan Bowman and Professor Peer Zumbansen. Her research explores the role of transnational climate governance initiatives in the implementation of the Paris Agreement. Investigating the various forms of normative ordering that occur in global climate governance today, Laura combines qualitative social-science methods with doctrinal analysis and legal theory. Beyond the climate change context, her research interests include transnational law and socio-legal studies as well as environmental and sustainability governance.

Laura holds an LLM from the University of Cambridge and is qualified to practise law as a solicitor in England and Wales. She has worked for public sector and international organisations, including the German Foreign Office and the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat. Laura is a research fellow of the Earth System Governance Network and member of the Berlin-based research platform Cluster Transformation. At King’s, Laura co-founded and convenes the interdisciplinary KCL Climate Law & Governance Reading Group, and she teaches environmental law on the LLB undergraduate programme.

Full profile: Laura Mai


Ms Ayse Didem Sezgin 

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Ayse Didem Sezgin is a PhD candidate in Law under the supervision of Drs. Leslie-Anne Duvic-Paoli and Octavio Ferraz. She studied Law in Istanbul University Law School between 2009-2013. She worked as a lawyer for two years in law firms in Istanbul, before receiving an LLM degree in Transnational Law from King’s College London, Dickson Poon School of Law in 2017. She has worked as a research assistant for the Transnational Law Institute of KCL between 2017-2018. She is currently a PhD student at King’s and her research focuses on the interactions of food, environmental law and the right to food.  


 Ms Emily Webster 

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Emily Webster is a PhD candidate in Law under the supervision of Dr Leslie-Anne Duvic-Paoli and Professor Peer Zumbansen. Emily’s research concerns the responses of 'law' to the problem of climate change. In particular, she is interested in the centrality of the state in ushering in the clean energy transition. She particularly focuses on how transnational legal normative developments influence the ways in which the UK Government exercises its administrative functions to encourage greenhouse gas reductions in the fossil fuel sector in compliance with the statutory 2050 net zero target mandated by the Climate Change Act 2008. She is also interested in the wider implications of the turn to ‘cleaner’ sources of energy, including bioenergy, and the environmental and social impacts associated with their use.

Ms Mara Wendebourg 
Mara Wendebourg CLG

Mara Wendebourg is a PhD candidate at the Dickson Poon School of Law under the supervision of Dr Leslie-Anne Duvic-Paoli. Her doctoral research encompasses international climate change law, looking at how risk and uncertainties related to climate change are interpreted in both science and law and how this may influence the effectiveness of the current normative framework. Mara holds a BSc in Earth and Environmental Sciences and an LLM in Environmental Law and Law of the Sea from the Utrecht University and an MSc in Marine Systems and Policies from the University of Edinburgh. As testified through her interdisciplinary background, her interests lay at the intersection of law and science. Prior to starting her PhD, Mara was an intern at the International Seabed Authority and subsequently worked as a trainee at the European Commission in the Directorate General on Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, in the Unit on Law of the Sea, Ocean Governance and Arctic Policy. She has been a volunteer for Legal Response International, is a senior editor at the KCL student law journal and co-organises the climate law and governance reading group. 

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