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Ms Alice Venn

Ms Alice Venn

Ms Alice Venn

Environment, Energy and Resilience (PhD)

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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 international law, climate change and the protection of climate vulnerable Small Island Developing States.

It explores the capacity of international human rights law and state responsibility to provide recourse to justice to climate vulnerable states and communities, taking into account the challenges faced in practice including loss & damage, institutional capacity, and access to justice, to construct a climate justice framework informing future law & policy-making. 

I employ a regional case study of the South Pacific, including a series of interviews with key stakeholders from government, UN organisations, NGOs and legal practice conducted 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. 


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 an LL.B. and a Master II in European Law 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.

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 from 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 include tutorials in Law and Policy of the European Union I, along with tutorials and guest lectures in Environmental Law. 

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


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

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