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Lisa Benjamin

Assistant Professor of Law

Dr. Lisa Benjamin is an Assistant Professor at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland Oregon. She completed her PhD at the University of Leicester in 2017, and received the Doctoral Honors Award in 2018.

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Academic Credentials

Lisa received her BA from McGill University, her LL.B. from University College London, her LL.M. from University of London and her PhD from the University of Leicester.


‘The Road To Paris Runs Through Delaware: Climate Litigation and Directors’ Duties’ Utah Law Review (2020) 2(1) Utah Law Review, 313-382.

‘Renewable Energy and Trade: Meeting the Paris Agreement’s Goals Through Strategic Compliance’ Minnesota Journal of Law Science & Technology (forthcoming, 2020).

‘Climate Litigation in the Global South: filling in gaps’ (with Joana Setzer) AJIL Unbound 114 (2020) 56-60. doi:

‘Climate Litigation in the Global South: constraints and innovations’ (with Joana Setzer), Transnational Environmental Law 9(1) 2020, 77-101.doi:

‘Non-economic loss and damage: lessons from displacement in the Caribbean’ (2019) Climate Policy (with Adelle Thomas) doi:

‘Corporate governance and climate change: Smoothing temporal dissonance to a phased approach’ Business Law Review 40(4) (2019) 146-160 (with Stelios Andreadakis).

‘Institutional Investors in the UK and “Carbon-Major” Companies: Private Environmental Governance Post-Paris’ George Washington Journal of Energy & Environmental Law. 9(1) (2018) 5-20.

‘The Duty of Due Consideration in the Anthropocene: Climate Risk and English Directorial Duties’ Carbon and Climate Law Review 11(2) (2017) 90-99.

 ‘An Islands’ COP? Loss and Damage at COP 23’ Review of European, Comparative & International Environmental Law (2018) (with Adelle Thomas and Rueanna Haynes)

‘Policies and Mechanisms to Address Climate-Induced Migration and Displacement in Pacific and Caribbean Small Island Developing States’ International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management, Special Issue, Climate Change, Migration and Displacement of Populations (2017) (with Adelle Thomas).

‘Management of Loss and Damage in small island developing states: Implications of a 1.5°C or warmer world’ Regional Environmental Change, Special Issue, 1.5°C and Small Island Developing States (2017) DOI 10.1007/s10113-017-1184-7 (with Adelle Thomas).

‘The Responsibilities of Carbon Major Companies: Are They (and Is the Law) Doing Enough? Transnational Environmental Law 5(2) (2016) 353-378.

‘1.5 °C to stay alive? AOSIS and the long-term temperature goal in the Paris Agreement’ IUCN Academy of Environmental Law eJournal 7, (2016) 122-129 (with Adelle Thomas).


‘Climate Change, Poverty and Human Rights: An Emergency Without Precedent’ by Lisa Benjamin, Meinhard Doelle and Sara Seck, The Conversation, September 4th, 2019: Climate change, Poverty and Human Rights: An Emergency Without Precedent

‘Directors are in the Crosshairs of Corporate Climate Litigation’ by Lisa Benjamin, The Conversation, July 8th, 2019: Directors are in the Crosshairs of Corporate Climate Litigation

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Lisa Benjamin’s office is located in room 237 of Legal Research Center.


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Lisa Benjamin Assistant Professor of Law

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