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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 Inaugural Lecture award for her PhD from the University of Leicester.  In 2018 she was a postdoctoral Global Leaders Fellow at the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University, and 2019 she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University in Canada.

Lisa teaches International Climate Change Law, Energy Law and Environmental Justice. In 2018 she was a Visiting Professor at Penn State University teaching energy law and business associations. Prior to that, she was an Assistant Professor at the University of The Bahamas from 2008-2018 where she taught courses in environmental, trade, company, and intellectual property law. She also co-taught a climate change course for masters’ students at the University of Oxford.

Lisa’s research investigates the intersection of corporate, energy and environmental law with a focus on climate change and climate risk. She researches areas involving non-state actors including corporations and institutional investors, with a focus on energy corporations. Her doctoral studies focused on carbon major companies, corporate and energy law and climate change. Her research during her post-doctoral fellowships investigated developing countries and climate change, with an emphasis on energy policy, green industrial policymaking and trade as well as Anglo-American corporate and energy law. She also researches climate change from the perspective of developing countries, with a focus on small island developing states and loss and damage.

Prior to academia, she was in private practice for eight years, as an associate in the commercial department of CMS Cameron McKenna in London (now CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP).

She is a member of the Compliance Committee (Facilitative Branch) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change from 2014 to 2018 and 2019-2022 representing GRULAC states, and has been an adviser to, and member of, the Bahamian national delegation to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. She was a director of the Bahamas Protected Areas Fund from 2015 to 2018, and is a Director for Latin America and the Caribbean for the Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment, an Associate Director for Latin America and the Caribbean for Carbon & Climate Law Review and a fellow at the Platform on International Energy Governance.

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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 (forthcoming 2020) (

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‘Climate litigation in the Global South: constraints and innovations’ (forthcoming 2019) Transnational Environmental Law (with Joana Setzer).

‘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).

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Lisa Benjamin Assistant Professor of Law

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