Stuart Bruce

Researcher (University of Cambridge)

Email address:  sb954 (at)


Stuart is an Australian-qualified lawyer, focusing on investment treaty arbitration, public international law and international commercial arbitration for corporate and government clients. He has particular expertise in international dispute settlement, sustainable energy, natural resources, climate change and environmental law.

Previously he was Research Associate to Professor James Crawford AC SC at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge, has consulted to international law firms on energy and climate change and has interned with the UNFCCC (designing early architecture of the Paris Agreement) and the British Institute of International and Comparative Law.

Stuart is a Legal Research Fellow at the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law, a member of the World Bank’s Legal Aspects of Sustainable Energy for All Community of Practice within the Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development, and a member of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law.

Stuart holds a LLM (International Law) with Distinction (UCL), a Graduate Diploma in Energy & Natural Resources Law (Melb) and LLB (Monash).

Stuart wrote the award-winning first entry on “International Energy Law” in the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law and one of the first modern articles on international law and renewable energy. He has spoken on various energy topics at Cambridge, Oxford, LSE, King’s College and École de droit de la Sorbonne.

Research interests

Stuart is interested in the role and use of international law and policy (in its broadest form) to govern and regulate energy generation, access and use, particularly sustainable energy (renewables, energy efficiency), and its interrelation with international environmental law, climate change law, human rights law and cognate disciplines and issues (energy security, accelerating the low carbon transition, energy storage, investment protection law).

Selected publications

Book chapters

‘The Sustainable Energy Transition through International and EU Law”, in S Minas & V Ntousas (eds), EU Climate Diplomacy: Politics, Law and Negotiations (Routledge, 2018). Read more about it here.

‘The Project of a World Environment Court’, in C Tomuschat (ed), The OSCE Court of Conciliation and Arbitration (Brill, 2016)

‘Investment Protection and International Dispute Resolution in Singapore’, in D Brock (ed), Arbitration in Singapore: A Practical Guide (Sweet & Maxwell, 2014) (with P Stothard et al)

‘International Governance of Low Carbon Technologies in the Sustainable Energy Transition’ (forthcoming).

Peer-reviewed articles/ policy papers

‘SDG 7 on Sustainable Energy for All: Contributions of International Law, Policy and Governance ’ (UNEP/ CISDL Issue Brief, 2016).

‘International Energy Law’, Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law (OUP, 2015).

‘International Law and Renewable Energy: Facilitating Sustainable Energy for All?’ (2013) 14(1) Melbourne Journal of International Law 19.

‘Climate Change Mitigation through Energy Efficiency Laws: From International Obligations to Domestic Regulation’ (2013) 31(3) Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law 313.

Teaching in the field of energy law

Law of the Sea (QMU, LLM, 2016), aspects of energy and environmental protection.

International Economic Law (QMU, LLM, 2014-2015), investment protection law, energy projects and ISDS.

Energy, Climate Change, and International Economic Law: Recent Developments and Future Trends (ILC (Canada), CPD, 2015), on international law and the low carbon economy.

See also: Stuart’s LinkedIn page and Academia profile