Catherine Redgwell is Professor of International Law and Vice Dean (International) of the Faculty of Laws. She joined the Faculty in January 2004 from the University of Oxford, where she was a Reader in Public International Law from 2000 and University Lecturer in Public International Law from 1999. Previously she was a lecturer, then senior lecturer, at the University of Nottingham, having started her academic career with a lectureship at the University of Manchester. In 1992/93 she spent six months on secondment to the Legal Advisers, Foreign & Commonwealth Office. Catherine is a member of the Academic Advisory Group (AAG) of the Section on Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law of the International Bar Association, and has also served on its steering committee for a number of years. She is also a member of the Council of the British Branch of the International Law Association, and of the Public International Law Advisory Board of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. In addition to serving as joint general editor and chair of the editorial board of the International and Comparative Law Quarterly (2006-20012), Catherine is on the editorial advisory boards of a number of international publications including the Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law, Environmental Liability, and the Singapore Yearbook of International Law.
Catherine’s research interests fall broadly within the public international field, including international energy law and international environmental law. She has recently published two major co-authored monographs on international environmental law: a second edition of Lyster’s International Wildlife Law (CUP, 2010) (with Michael Bowman and Peter Davies of Nottingham University) and the third edition of Birnie& Boyle’s International Law & the Environment (OUP, 2009) (with Professor Alan Boyle of the University of Edinburgh). Her energy research focuses on the international legal regulation of energy actors and activities, ranging from environmental impact to public participation and corporate accountability issues. Indeed, with climate change and the pressure to move beyond a strongly carbon-based economy, her research is increasingly at the confluence of international environmental and energy law.
She is currently co-investigator in a cross-institutional two year (2012-2014) research project on Climate Geoengineering Governance (CGG) funded by the ESRC and AHRC. The CGG project is led from the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society, University of Oxford, and also involves the Institute for Science and Ethics at Oxford together with the Science and Technology Policy Research at the University of Sussex. Work is grouped around three sets of understandings required to inform decisions on geoengineering governance: framings of geoengineering; dilemmas of control of geoengineering technologies; and choosing governance and regulatory requirements. The project builds on the “Oxford Principles on Geoengineering Governance” (2009) which were endorsed by the House of Commons Select Committee on Science and Technology report on The Regulation of Geoengineering (House of Commons 2010) and also by the UK Government in its Response to the Select Committee report. Several leading researchers on the CGG project, including Professor Redgwell, were co-authors of the Oxford Principles.
Recent Publications include:
“International Environmental Law and Climate Change”, pp. 166-204, in R Lyster and S Scott, eds., International Law and Climate Change (Edward Elgar, 2012)
“International Legal Responses to the Challenges of a Lower Carbon Future: Energy Law for
the Twenty-First Century”, pp. 27-46, in D Farrall, T Ahmed and D French (eds), Climate Change:
Exploring the Legal and Criminological Consequences (Hart Publishing, 2012)
“Contractual and Treaty Arrangements Supporting Large European Transboundary
Pipeline Projects: Can Adequate Human Rights and Environmental Protection Be Secured?”, pp. 102-117, in M. Roggenkamp, L. Barrera-Hernandez, D. Zillman and I. del Guayo (eds), Energy Networks and the Law: Innovative Solutions in Changing Markets (Oxford University Press, 2012)
“Geoengineering the Climate: Technical Solutions for Mitigation Failure or Continuing Carbon Addiction?” (2011) 2 Carbon and Climate Law Review 178-189
“Facilitation of Compliance”, pp. 177-193, in J Brunnee, M Doelle and L Rajamani (eds), Promoting
Compliance in an Evolving Climate Regime (Cambridge University Press, 2011)
“Property Law Sources and Analogies in International Law”, pp. 100-114, in A McHarg, B Barton,
A Bradbrook and L Godden (eds.), Property and the Law in Energy and Natural Resources (Oxford University Press, 2010)
M Bowman, P Davies and C Redgwell, Lyster’s International Wildlife Law (Cambridge University Press, 2nd edition, 2010), 784pp
P Birnie, A Boyle and C Redgwell, International Law & the Environment (Oxford University Press, 3rd edition, 2009), 851pp
Current Teaching Undergraduate
Public International Law