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Francisca Soto Monteverde

Francisca Soto Monteverde

PhD Student


Francisca Soto Monteverde is a PhD student at King’s College London under the joint supervision of Dr Leslie-Anne Duvic-Paoli and Dr Yael Liftsitz. Her research explores the ways in which Transnational Environmental Law addresses the socio-environmental implications of decarbonisation in developing countries, by looking at the global environmental governance of the Lithium industry in Argentina, Bolivia and Chile (Lithium Triangle) and its funded by the Dickson Poon School of Law School Studentship. Francisca obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Legal and Social Sciences from University of Chile and holds an LLM in Environmental Law and Policy from University College London. Prior to join KCL, Francisca served as a legal advisor to the Ministry General Secretariat of the Presidency (2014-2018) and worked as legal rapporteur at the Environmental Court of Santiago (2020-2023).

Thesis Title

Global environmental governance of the Lithium Triangle: mapping the legal distribution of economic benefits and socio-environmental burdens

Joint Supervisors

Dr Leslie-Anne Duvic-Paoli and Dr Yael Liftsitz

Research Interests

  • Environmental Law (International, Transnational)
  • Climate Change Law
  • Governance of critical minerals