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Ms Alice Venn

Ms Alice Venn

Ms Alice Venn

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PhD Candidate in Environment, Energy & Resilience, Teaching Assistant in Law and Policy of the EU

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My research examines the protection of climate vulnerable states and peoples under international law from an environmental justice perspective.

It comprises an analysis of the key norms and mechanisms of international environmental law, state responsibility and human rights law capable of providing the world's most climate vulnerable states and communities with a means of recovery for the losses they continue to incur as a result of the adverse impacts of climate change.

It is driven by a desire to contribute constructively to the growing climate justice literature from an international legal perspective, taking into account the access to justice challenges which exist in practice.

The project includes a regional case study of the South Pacific and my fieldwork took the form of a series of semi-structured interviews with key regional and national stakeholders from government, NGOs and the legal profession while hosted as a visiting researcher by the University of the South Pacific's School of Law in Port Vila, Vanuatu.

My project is jointly supervised by Dr Margherita Pieraccini at the University of Bristol Law School and Dr Katrina Brown at the University of Exeter's Environment and Sustainability Institute. 


I am a law graduate with an LL.B.(Hons) from the Univeristy of Warwick in their qualifying European Law Integrated Common Programme (ICP) which incorporated a year of legal study abroad at the Université Lille 2 in France and the Universität des Saarlandes in Germany. My undergraduate degree culminated in a trilingual masters dissertation and viva, specialising in Comparative EU Environmental Law. In 2012 I was awarded both my LL.B. and a Master II in European Law with 'mention assez bien' by the Université Lille 2. 

I subsequently undertook an Advanced LL.M. in Public International Law with Leiden University's Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies in The Netherlands, specialising in Peace, Justice and Development. While in The Hague, I worked as Student Editor for the Leiden Journal of International Law, reported on behalf of the Centre at expert conferences on International Criminal Law at the Peace Palace and interned in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). 

My professional experience further includes five months working as a trainee on behalf of the Head of the Central Division at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, during which time I provided assistance in reviewing and drafting amendments to the internal rules, reported on high-level meetings and assisted in responding to legal enquiries regarding the functioning of the organisation. I also worked as a legal research assistant at the Centre for the Law of EU External Relations (CLEER) at the T.M.C. Asser Institute in The Hague, which included publicising and reporting on conferences and assisting in the organisation of CLEER's summer school in Brussels, alongside research tasks and responsibility for their weekly news service.

I moved to Bristol in 2014 to pursue a PhD with the South West Doctoral Training Centre and I have been awarded an MRes in Environment, Energy and Resilience with distinction, subsequently progressing onto the PhD. 

From May - July 2016 I was hosted as a visiting researcher by the University of the South Pacific's School of Law in Port Vila, Vanuatu to conduct fieldwork for a regional case study and in October - November 2016 I was appointed interim course coordinator for Regional Environmental Law, providing maternity cover over the exam period. 

My teaching responsibilities in Bristol currently include eight second year undergraduate tutorial groups for Law and Policy of the European Union I. 

I continue to work with the Human Rights Implementation Centre, having previously conducted research on behalf of their Law Clinic and currently completing case commentaries for the European Human Rights Law Review. 


  • International Law
  • European Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Human Rights
  • Climate Change

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