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Climate Law and Governance at King's

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Climate Law and Governance at King's is concerned with investigating and evaluating legal and governance frameworks for climate change policy across different countries, across different sectors and cultures. Current research in the School is examining governance modalities for the mobilisation of climate finance and technology, how climate change is adjudicated in the courtroom and how it can disrupt dominant legal and decision-making frameworks.

 

Who we are

 Dr Megan Bowman Co-Founder and Head

Dr Megan Bowman

Dr Megan Bowman joined King's College London in 2015 and has been appointed a Dickson Poon School of Law Rising Star. She co-created the Climate Law and Governance hub at King's with Dr Eloise Scotford, which comprises cutting-edge research, engagement and teaching to investigate and evaluate climate-related legal and governance challenges and opportunities across different countries, cultures, and sectors.

Dr Bowman's research focuses on intersections between commercial, financial and environmental regulation in transnational contexts with particular emphasis on private actors. She has presented on this work at Stanford and Harvard Law Schools, and Tsinghua and Cambridge Universities. Her first book, Banking on Climate Change: How Finance Actors and Transnational Regulatory Regimes are Responding (Kluwer 2015), combines empirical and theoretical insights and has been described as a ground-breaking study; it was launched at King's College London by the Hon. Mr. Justice William Blair of the High Court of Justice of England and Wales.

Dr Bowman also consults to national governments and intergovernmental agencies on implementing the Paris Agreement; advises prominent UK non-government organisations on climate-related investment and banking; and convenes the LLM module Corporate Actors in Sustainability Governance. She began her career as a practitioner in commercial/corporate law and environmental/planning law and is a qualified barrister and solicitor of the High Court of Australia and Supreme Court of Victoria with an LLM in International Law and a PhD in regulatory theory.

Full profile: Dr Megan Bowman

 Dr Leslie-Anne Duvic-Paoli

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Dr Leslie-Anne Duvic-Paoli is a Lecturer at The Dickson Poon School of Law. Before joining King’s College London, she was Philomathia Post-doctoral Research Associate in the Department of Land Economy at the University of Cambridge. Leslie-Anne is a public international lawyer, with expertise in international environmental law. She is particularly interested in understanding the nature and content of its principles: her monograph, entitled The Prevention Principle in International Environmental Law, is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press.

Leslie-Anne’s research also looks at the energy transition to a low-carbon economy from an international and comparative law perspective. One aspect of her research concentrates on the externalities of the energy transition, as she seeks to clarify the interactions between international environmental and energy law. She is also committed to highlighting the role of law in the design of energy policies, including the importance of participatory mechanisms to build inclusive energy systems. In addition, Leslie-Anne is starting a new research agenda on the ‘water-energy-food’ nexus: it investigates the gap between, on the one hand, its increasing relevance as a theoretical concept describing the interconnections between complex systems and presented as a solution to foster sustainable development; and, on the other hand, the limited interactions between specialized international legal regimes.

Leslie-Anne regularly attends climate COPs with the Legal Response Initiative, and convenes the LLM module on the Global Law of Climate Change 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.

 

 Dr Emily Barrit 

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Dr Barritt is a Lecturer in Tort Law at The Dickson Poon School of Law. Her doctoral research considered how environmental rights, democracy and stewardship are promoted by the Aarhus Convention, an international environmental law convention designed to promote access to justice and public participation in relation the environment. A monograph based on her PhD, Foundations of the Aarhus Convention: Environmental Rights, Democracy and Stewardship, is under contract for publication with Hart Publishing. 

Since completing her PhD, Dr Barritt has undertaken research on the nature of adjudication in the context of climate change and the Aarhus Convention. Alongside this, she has worked on a collaborative research project at the Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance developing legal options for a new treaty on the protection of marine biodiversity. In particular, focusing on the impact of ocean acidification, a sister problem of climate change. 

Full profile: Dr Emily Barritt

Professor David Caron  

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David Caron is Professor of International Law at King’s. Professor Caron has had a life long involvement with and passion for the oceans and the global environment. 

Professor Caron’s scholarship and public service focusing on climate change and disasters has addressed:

  • Law as Part of the Interdisciplinary Study of Climate Change

  • Climate Change and Rising Sea Levels

  • Climate Change and the Arctic; Climate Change and the Oceans

  • The Law of Disasters

Professor Caron is a Member of the Institut de Droit International, Bencher of the Inner Temple, member of the London Court of International Arbitration and a member of the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law.  He served as Chair of the Institute of Transnational Arbitration from 2005 to 2009. Among other arbitral positions, he serves as Judge ad hoc in Alleged Violations of Sovereign Rights and Maritime Spaces in the Caribbean Sea (Nicaragua v Colombia) before The International Court of Justice and as a Member of the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal. He served as the President of the American Society of International Law from 2010 to 2012, as a member of the U.S. Department of State Advisory Committee on Public International Law from 1991 to 2015, and as Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the International Legal System from 2010 to 2012.

Full profile: Professor David Caron

Ms Katrien Steenmans 

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Katrien Steenmans is a Postdoctoral Research Project Fellow at The Dickson Poon School of Law working with Dr Megan Bowman on Climate Finance Law.

Katrien’s doctoral research investigated regulatory and policy incentives and barriers for enabling waste exchanges between organisations across four European case studies. While completing her PhD, Katrien taught Environmental Law in Action and EU Law at the University of Surrey.  She also worked for the Urban Land Institute on climate change implications for real estate portfolio allocation and at University College London’s Department for Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy where her research focused on barriers to climate action for cities, knowledge production and management within the urban governance context, and the governability of infrastructure resilience and fragility in cities.

 

 Ms Laura Mai 

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Laura Mai is a doctoral research candidate at The Dickson Poon School of Law under the joint supervision of Dr Megan Bowman and Professor Peer Zumbansen. Her research considers the normativity of transnational governance initiatives in the climate change context. Combining empirical and theoretical insights, she explores how these forms of transnational ordering may be theorised from a legal perspective. Laura holds an LLM from the University of Cambridge and is qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales. Prior to joining The Dickson Poon School of Law, Laura held a research assistant position in Hong Kong for which she examined urban sustainability and climate initiatives. Laura has also worked with the German Foreign Office on a report covering energy and climate change governance in the Philippines.  

 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 the 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 Emily Webster  
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Affiliated Faculty

 
Professor Eloise Scotford  
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Eloise Scotford is Professor of Environmental Law at University College London, joining the UCL Faculty in 2017 after 7 years as Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Law at The Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London. Professor Scotford’s research and teaching interests cover a wide range of aspects of environmental law, within and across jurisdictions, with a particular focus on UK law, EU law, Australian law and international law. Professor Scotford works on climate change adjudication and legislation. She is co-author of '‘The Legally Disruptive Nature of Climate Change’ (2017) 80(2) Modern Law Review 173-201 and acts as advisor to the Commonwealth Secretariat (along with Stephen Minas) on national climate legislation.  Professor Scotford is currently an Associate Member of Landmark Chambers, a member of the Avosetta group of EU environmental law experts, and Analysis Editor of the Journal of Environmental Law. 

 
 Mr Stephen Minas 
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Stephen Minas is Assistant Professor of Law at the School of Transnational Law, Peking University. He is a Senior Research Fellow of the Transnational Law Institute of King’s College London and a member of the UNFCCC Technology Executive Committee’s task forces on climate technology financing and mitigation, the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law, and the Young Academics Network of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies. He has consulted to or collaborated with a variety of international organizations and think-tanks. Previously, Stephen worked as a visiting lecturer at King’s College London (teaching in areas including finance law, climate change law and transnational law); an Adviser to the Premier of the Australian State of Victoria working on policy and legal areas such as international trade and investment, energy and the environment, and for members of the Australian Parliament.

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