Dr Leslie-Anne Duvic-Paoli

Senior 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 Senior Lecturer in Environmental Law at The Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London and the Deputy Director of King’s Climate Law and Governance Centre.

Leslie-Anne is a public international lawyer, with expertise in international environmental law. 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 current research looks at the energy transition to a low-carbon economy from the perspective of international and comparative law. In particular, Leslie-Anne’s research looks at the global legal democratic implications of the energy transition to a low-carbon economy and the role of participatory mechanisms in the design of inclusive energy systems. In addition, Leslie-Anne is particularly interested in understanding the nature and content of environmental principles: her monograph, entitled The Prevention Principle in International Environmental Law, was published with Cambridge University Press in 2018.

Selected publications

The Prevention Principle in International Environmental Law (Cambridge University Press 2018), more details here.

‘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, 2019), available here.

‘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 LLM modules on international climate law and environmental legal challenges. When she was at Cambridge, she was co-teaching an interdisciplinary course on energy and climate change.

See also Leslie-Anne’s institutional page.