Dr Leslie-Anne Duvic-Paoli

Lecturer, Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London

Email address: leslie-anne.duvic-paoli (at) kcl.ac.uk


Dr Leslie-Anne Duvic-Paoli is a Lecturer at The Dickson Poon School of Law and a member of its Climate Law and Governance Centre.

Leslie-Anne is a public international lawyer, with expertise in international environmental law. She is particularly interested in understanding the nature and content of its principles: her monograph, entitled The Prevention Principle in International Environmental Law, was published with Cambridge University Press in 2018. Leslie-Anne’s current research looks at the energy transition to a low-carbon economy from the perspective of international and comparative law. She is committed to highlighting the role of law in the design of new climate and energy policies, including the importance of participatory mechanisms in building inclusive energy systems.

Before joining King’s College London, she was Philomathia Post-doctoral Research Associate in the Department of Land Economy at the University of Cambridge. She contributed to the ‘Law of Energy Transitions‘ project directed by Professor Viñuales; and was a member of the ‘In Search of Good Energy Policy‘ initiative at Cambridge.

Leslie-Anne is a Fellow of the Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (C-EENRG), and Assistant Editor for the Transnational Environmental Law journal (CUP). She regularly attends climate COPs with the Legal Response Initiative, and 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.

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.

Research interests

Leslie-Anne’s research  looks at the energy transition to a low-carbon economy from an international and comparative law perspective. One aspect of her research concentrates on the externalities of the energy transition, as she seeks to clarify the interactions between international environmental and energy law. She is also committed to highlighting the role of law in the design of energy policies, including the importance of participatory mechanisms to build inclusive energy systems. In addition, Leslie-Anne is starting a new research agenda on the ‘water-energy-food’ nexus: it investigates the gap between, on the one hand, its increasing relevance as a theoretical concept describing the interconnections between complex systems and presented as a solution to foster sustainable development; and, on the other hand, the limited interactions between specialized international legal regimes.

Selected publications

The Prevention Principle in International Environmental Law (Cambridge University Press 2018)

‘Public Participation in the Context of Energy Activities: The Role of the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee’ in Chaplin, J., Ozawa, M., Pollitt, M., Reiner, D. & Warde, P. (eds.) In Search of Good Energy Policy (Cambridge University Press forthcoming)

‘Prevention in International Environmental Law and the Anticipation of Risk(s): A Multifaceted Norm’ in M. Ambrus, R. Rayfuse & W. Werner, Imagining the Future: Conceptions of Risk and the Regulation of Uncertainty in International Law (Oxford University Press, 2017), pp. 141-160.

‘Principle 2: Prevention’ in J.E. Viñuales (ed), The Rio Declaration on Environment and Development: A Commentary (Oxford University Press), pp. 107-138 (with J.E. Viñuales)

‘The Status of the Right to Public Participation in International Environmental Law: An Analysis of the Jurisprudence’ (2012) 23 Yearbook of International Environmental Law 80


Teaching in the field of energy law

At King’s, Leslie-Anne convenes the LLM module on the Global Law of Climate Change. When she was at Cambridge, she was co-teaching an interdisciplinary course on energy and climate change.

See also Leslie-Anne’s institutional page.