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Emily Webster is a Research Associate in Climate Law and Governance at the Hughes Hall Centre for Climate Change Engagement. She is a Senior research Fellow at the Transnational Law Institute, King’s College London, a member of the Centre for Climate Change Law and Governance, King’s College London, a Research Fellow for the Earth System Governance research project and a member of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law. Emily teaches International, EU and domestic environmental law, tort law and company law. She has been invited to give guest lectures concerning company law and climate change, oceans and climate change, environmental justice and tort law at Birkbeck University, the Centre for Transnational Legal Studies, the University of Arizona and UCL respectively.  She has presented widely at academic conferences and workshops.

Emily has worked as a researcher with both the Climate Disclosure Standards Board and the Global Legal Action Network. She is the Managing Editor for Transnational Legal Theory and co-convenor of the journal’s special issue on Transnational Environmental Law and the Anthropocene. Emily was an ESRC funded doctoral candidate at King’s College London. She holds an LL.M in transnational law from King’s College London and an LL.B at Bournemouth University, both with distinction.


Climate change law and governance; energy transition law; sustainable development; transnational environmental law; climate-energy nexus; environmental and climate justice; climate litigation; companies and climate change

Emily’s post-doctoral research project evaluates company law and its role in creating barriers to, or facilitating, corporate responses to climate change and the zero-carbon transition. Empirical research will supplement the legal analysis and scrutinise, among other things, the relationship between directors and investors, its impact on a company’s transition and the place of law in creating or addressing contestation that may arise.

Emily’s doctoral research focused on the influence of non-state actors on the development of domestic and EU legal responses to the decarbonisation of the fossil fuel sector. She adopted a transnational legal analysis to identify and analyse the ways in which transnational actors interact to create or change transnational legal norms, and the ways in which these norms are incorporated into national and supranational law.  Her work has been published in the Journal of Environmental Law and RECIEL. In addition to this research, she has been involved in several projects, including, assessing transnational environmental law in the context of the Anthropocene, the governance of atmospheric aerosols, the governance of bioenergy and strategic environmental litigation.


Key publications: 

Edited Books

Emily Webster and Laura Mai (eds) Transnational Environmental Law in the Anthropocene: Reflections on the Role of Law in Times of Planetary Change (Routledge, forthcoming).

Emily Webster, Ankita Gupta and Ruth Ambros (eds) Transnational Food Security (Routledge, 2020).

Book Chapters

Leslie-Anne Duvic-Paoli and Emily Webster, ‘Atmospheric Aerosol Loading’ in Duncan French and Louis Kotze (eds) Research Handbook on Law, Governance and Planetary Boundaries (Elgar, forthcoming).

Book Reviews

Emily Webster, ‘Global Justice and Climate Governance: Bridging Theory and Practice Alix Dietzel (2019), Edinburgh University Press) ISBN: 978-1-4744-3791-2’ (2019) 30(2) King’s Law Journal 326-329.

Peer Reviewed Articles

Melanie Murcott and Emily Webster, ‘Litigation and regulatory governance in the age of the Anthropocene: The case of fracking in the Karoo’ (2020) 11(1-2) Transnational Legal Theory 144-164.

Emily Webster, ‘Transnational legal processes, the EU and RED II: Strengthening the global governance of bioenergy’ (2019) 29(1) Review of European, Comparative and International Environmental Law 86-94.

Emily Webster, ‘Information Disclosure and the Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy: Climate-Related Risk in the UK and France’ (2019) 32 Journal of Environmental Law 279-308.


Emily Webster and Laura Mai, ‘Transnational Environmental Law in the Age of the Anthropocene’ (2020) 11(1-2) Transnational Legal Theory 1-15.

Emily Webster and Peer Zumbansen, ‘Introduction: Transnational Food (In)Security’ (2019) 9(3-4) Transnational Legal Theory 175-190.

Teaching and Supervisions


Emily will be supervising tort law and company law at Hughes Hall in the coming academic year and will act as Director of Studies. She has also been invited to contribute to International Environmental Law teaching.

C-EENRG Fellow
Research Associate in Climate Law and Governance, Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge
Emily Webster