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Dr 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 Climate Law and Governance Centre.

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 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.



  • Public international law (LLB)
  • Environmental law (LLB) (module leader)
  • Global law of climate change (LLM) (module leader)
  • Environmental law: current challenges (LLM) (module leader)
  • EU environmental law (LLM) (module leader)

Leslie-Anne has also been a teaching assistant at the University of Geneva and The Graduate Institute Geneva and a visiting lecturer at 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 was short-listed by the Dickson Poon School of Law for a teaching excellence award (innovation in education) in 2018 and 2019.

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