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Dr Alice Venn


Amory A024

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 and a member of the teaching team for LAW1035 Constitutional and Administrative Law. 

She remains Unit Coordinator of the LLM module in Environmental Law at the University of Bristol for 2018/19 and has worked for the University of the South Pacific School of Law as a consultant running their Regional Environmental Law module. Her teaching experience has also included Law and Policy of the EU and Pathways to Law tutoring at the University of Bristol. 

Alice has participated in many collaborative projects including public lectures, panel discussions, podcasts, workshops, and educational outreach activities with local schools. 

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

Office hours: 12-1pm on Tuesdays and 1.30-2.30pm on Fridays in A024. Please email ahead to reserve a slot (  

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 Small Island Developing States. 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 project Laying the Foundations of Climate Justice for Vulnerable States & Peoples: Developing a human rights approach for the South Pacific’  has been fully funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and has 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 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 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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