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Emily 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.

Emily has been a Visiting Lecturer at King's College London since 2018 teaching undergraduate Tort and Environmental Law. She has been invited to give guest lectures in LLM modules concerning Climate Change Law at Birbeck University and the intersection of climate change and Ocean Law at the Centre for Transnational Legal Studies, London.

Emily has been the Student Managing Editor for the Transnational Legal Theory Journal since 2017. She is responsible for the day to day running of the journal, and has convened and guest edited two special issues in Transnational Food Security (2019) and Transnational Environmental Law in the Anthropocene (2020). 


Research interests (short)

Emily's research interests include: environmental law, energy, administrative law, transnational law, constitutional law, climate change law.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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