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Dr Alice Venn


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Alice joined as a Lecturer in Law at the University of Exeter in January 2019. She is module leader of LAWM711 Environmental and Energy Law, co-convenor of LAW3142 Environmental Law and Planning, and a member of the teaching team for LAW1035 Constitutional and Administrative Law.

She previously led an LLM module in Environmental Law at the University of Bristol and worked for the University of the South Pacific as Course Coordinator running Regional Environmental Law. Her teaching experience has also included tutoring in Law and Policy of the EU and Pathways to Law. 

Alice's research and teaching interests span Environmental Law, Public International Law, Human Rights Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law, and Social Justice Theory, with a particular focus on Climate Justice. 

Alice runs the law peer tutoring programme as Peer Tutor Coordinator. Please get in touch via email for any queries relating to peer tutoring (  

Office hours: 2-4pm on Fridays via Microsoft Teams. Please book an appointment via Calendly:

Research interests

Alice's research examines international climate law and policy, in particular human rights-based approaches to climate change, climate loss & damage, and the remedies available to climate-vulnerable states and communities. Her work employs both doctrinal and empirical approaches to examine how climate justice frameworks can be reconceptualised to provide more effectively for the distributive and procedural justice challenges faced in practice.

Her interdisciplinary and interinstitutional PhD, Laying the Foundations of Climate Justice for Vulnerable States & Peoples: Developing a human rights approach for the South Pacific’  was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and included three months of empirical work in Vanuatu and Fiji, hosted as a visiting researcher by the University of the South Pacific School of Law. Alice was awarded her doctorate by the University of Bristol in 2020. 



Research supervision

 Applications are welcomed for masters and PhD supervision on the following topics: 

- Environmental Law

- Climate Law, Policy and Justice.

- International Human Rights Law 

- State responsibility for environmental damage


Alice graduated from the University of Warwick in 2012 with an LL.B. in European Law and a Master II in comparative English, French and German law jointly awarded by the University of Warwick, Université de Lille 2, and Universität des Saarlandes. 

She was subsequently awarded an LL.M. in Advanced Public International Law from Leiden University’s Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies in The Hague. In 2015, she was awarded an MRes in Environment, Energy & Resilience (with distinction) by the University of Bristol.
Alice's interdisciplinary doctorate examining international huamn rights law and climate justice in South Pacific Small Island Developing States was awarded by the University of Bristol in 2020. Her PhD was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.  
Alice has experience working in the legal offices of international organisations and research institutes, including the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the Council of Europe, and the Centre for the Law of EU External Relations (CLEER) at the T.M.C. Asser Institute.  

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