Leslie-Anne Duvic-Paoli is Lecturer in Law and Deputy Director of the Climate Law and Governance Centre at The Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London. She holds a PhD from the Graduate Institute in Geneva and has been a post-doctoral researcher at the Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance at the University of Cambridge. She teaches and researches public international law, with a focus on environmental principles, energy transition law and public participation. She is the author of The Prevention Principle in International Environmental Law (Cambridge University Press, 2018) that offers the first comprehensive legal treatment of the cornerstone principle of international environmental law.
Public international law, Environmental law (international, transnational, comparative), Environmental principles, Climate and energy law and policy, Public participation, Deliberative democracy.
Democracy in the global law of energy transitions
Radically new energy policies are needed to decarbonise our economies to mitigate climate change in line with the objectives of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. The success of the transition to a low-carbon, climate-resilient economy relies partly on public support and mobilisation. Indeed, individuals and communities could either contribute actively to redesigning the energy landscape - for instance by forming local energy communities - or might resist change - as exemplified by the ‘Yellow Vests’ movement. This research project explores the democratic challenges arising from the transition to a low-carbon, climate-resilient economy and assesses their global legal implications. On the agenda of the issues raised: How to enhance democratic public participation in global institutions governing the energy transition? How do recent democratic experiments such as citizens’ climate assemblies interact with existing legislation and influence law-making processes? On the basis that the energy transition disrupts democratic frames, the project aims to provide new avenues to reconceptualise and reimagine the interactions between the state, the individual and the international community in the context of energy production and use.