Kim Bouwer

Dr Kim Bouwer joined Exeter Law school as a Lecturer in Law (Education & Research) in November 2019.  She was previously a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute (Florence), a Lecturer at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow), and a Teaching Fellow at UCL (London and Adelaide).

In addition, Kim is also qualified as a lawyer and has experience of practice in London and Johannesburg.

Research Interests

Kim is interested in climate and energy law, and focuses on adjudication and participatory processes.  She is currently focused on climate litigation, where her work interrogates the impacts of climate litigation, narrative and activism in climate litigation, and hidden implications of unrecognised climate cases.  She recently received grant funding from the Modern Law Review to host a workshop on the theme of Climate Litigation in Africa, which was co-hosted with the University of the Witwatersrand in August 2020.

Select Outputs

K. Bouwer, “The Unsexy Future of Climate Change Litigation“, Journal of Environmental Law 30(3)(2018), 483–506.

K. Bouwer, “Lessons from a Distorted Metaphor: The Holy Grail of Climate Litigation“, Transnational Environmental Law 9(2)(2020) 347–378.

Select Conference Appearances

Co-Organiser, Chair, Climate Litigation in Africa, University of the Witwatersrand and University of Exeter (online), 25 – 27 August 2020

‘Substantial Justice?:
Transnational Torts as a Model for Climate Litigation’ Climate Litigation in Africa, University of the Witwatersrand and University of Exeter (online), 27 August 2020

‘Climate Litigation – What Works?’ New Trends in International Climate and Environmental Advocacy, Johns Hopkins University SAIS Europe and European University Institute (online), 15 May 2020 (with Joana Setzer)

‘What might it mean to be climate conscious’ Environmental Law Working Group, European University Institute, 23 May 2019

‘Consciously unsexy: what lawyers can do about climate change’ UCL Environmental Lawyers, Back to Bentham, UCL, London, 15 February 2019

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