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Dr Emily Barritt
Dr Emily Barritt is Senior Lecturer in Environmental Law and Co-Director of the Transnational Law Institute.

Dr Emily Barritt

  • Academics

Senior Lecturer in Environmental Law

Co-Director of the Transnational Law Institute .

Research subject areas

  • Law

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Emily Barritt is Senior Lecturer in Environmental Law and the Co-Director of the Transnational Law Institute at The Dickson Poon School of Law.

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 member of the Climate Law and Governance Hub at KCL and a Centre 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 KCL 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. 

Research Interests

Environmental Law, Democracy, Access to Justice, Public Participation, Stewardship, Climate Change Adjudication. 


Environmental Law, Tort Law, Courts and Social Change, Global Law of Climate Change.

Selected Publications

  • Foundations of the Aarhus Convention: Environmental Rights, Democracy and Stewardship Barritt, E. M. 2019 (Hart Publishing, Oxford).
  • Beauty: A Lingua Franca for Environmental Law? Richardson, B. J., Barritt, E. & Bowman, M. 10 Aug 2018 In: Transnational Environmental Law.  
  • Diplomacy, Democracy and Impossible Ideas Barritt, E. 2018 EU Climate Diplomacy: Politics, Technology and Networks, Minas, S. (ed.). Routlege.
  • The legally disruptive nature of climate change Fisher, E., Scotford, E. & Barritt, E. 1 Mar 2017 In: Modern Law Review. 80, 2, p. 173-201   Conceptualising Stewardship in Environmental Law: Journal of Environmental Law  Barritt, E. M. Mar 2014 In : JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL LAW. 26, 1, p. 1-23