The energy sector is a key challenge for resolving climate change. As a result of the existing impact of climate change to-date, it is increasingly possible to provide more evidential clarity on loss and damage experienced by countries due to the pollution from the energy sector's carbon dioxide emissions. In focusing on developing legal mechanisms to support increased justice in the energy sector, this thesis aims to explore the rights and obligations for current and future generations, i.e., inter- and intra- generational justice.
The thesis will aim to explore the issues of loss and damage from an intergenerational justice perspective across key jurisdictions to include Latin America, the EU, the Middle East and Africa. In particular, the focus will be to assess such issues for island nations (and inc. other small- populated nations) and hence some experience of working in these jurisdictions will be advantageous. Further, the ability to approach this topic from an international law perspective alongside the willingness (or previous experience) to develop interdisciplinary legal analysis is required.
Exploring the role of associated risk analysis as a result of climate related loss and damage and the subsequent policy decisions on energy choices and options for countries will be further key focuses of the project (both from a legal and interdisciplinary perspective). There are also insurance issues which will add or decrease the cost of doing business in countries affected by climate change and this research will involve assessing such impacts within and across generations. As such the study of institutions will be vital.
Knowledge of energy and climate issues that have been affecting countries worldwide is necessary. Further, specific issues as they relate to small island developing nations (SIDS) will be considered advantageous. In this context comparative law will be a key methodology used and a willingness to integrate theories and methods that border the legal discipline will be utilised. Experience at some level in stakeholder engagement and management will be advantageous as fluency in written and verbal English will be required as this project will involve a range of international stakeholders in the theme area.
Funding category: Contrat doctoral
PHD title: Doctorat de droit
PHD Country: FranceOffer Requirements Specific Requirements