Leslie-Anne Duvic-Paoli

Leslie-Anne Duvic-Paoli


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    Dr Leslie-Anne Duvic-Paoli is a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Law at The Dickson Poon School of Law and the Deputy Director of its Centr for Climate Law & Governance.

    Leslie-Anne is a public international lawyer, with research interests in environmental, climate and energy  law. Her scholarship covers the ambiguous role played by environmental principles, the global legal implications of the clean energy transition and the role of citizens' assemblies in the making of climate law and policy. She is the author of The Prevention Principle in International Environmental Law (Cambridge University Press, 2018) and the co-editor (with Veerle Heyvaert) of the Research Handbook on Transnational Environmental Law (Edward Elgar, 2020).

    You can watch her present her recent research on citizens' assemblies on climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic and international environmental law, and the duty to prevent environmental harm.

    Leslie-Anne consults regularly for governments and NGOs. She has worked closely with policy and law-makers in the context of inter alia the role of environmental principles post-Brexit, the Global Pact for the Environment, UNFCCC negotiations, the climate citizens' assembly in France and the UK's third Climate Change Risk Assessment evidence report.

    Leslie-Anne is a Fellow of the Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (C-EENRG), and an Editor of the journal Transnational Environmental Law.

    In 2020/2021, she was a Fellow at the Paris Institute for Advanced Study, as the Sorbonne University 'Major Societal Changes' Chair. She is 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. Before joining King’s College London in 2017, she was Philomathia Post-doctoral Research Associate in the Department of Land Economy at the University of Cambridge.

    Leslie-Anne holds Master’s degrees in international relations / political science from Sciences Po Paris and in public law from the University of Panthéon-Sorbonne, and a PhD (summa cum laude) in international law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.



    • Environmental law (LLB) (module leader)
    • Global law of climate change (LLM) (module leader)
    • ESG regulation and compliance (MSc King's Business School, module leader)
    • Public international law (LLB)

    Leslie-Anne has also been a visiting lecturer at the University of Geneva, The Graduate Institute Geneva, the Centre for Transnational Legal Studies (oceans law), ESADE Law School (international organisations law), and the University of New South Wales (international environmental law). She is currently a visiting professor at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Rennes. Leslie-Anne was short-listed by the Dickson Poon School of Law for a teaching excellence award (innovation in education) in 2018 and 2019.

    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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
    • SDG 13 - Climate Action
    • SDG 15 - Life on Land
    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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