UCL Faculty of Laws


Jonathan Church

Jonathan Church
Key information

Email: jonathan.church.13@ucl.ac.uk

Jonathan joined UCL as a PhD candidate in September 2020, following 6 years as a climate accountability lawyer at the environmental law charity, ClientEarth. During that time, Jonathan worked on climate governance at the international, national and EU level. He continues to advise on the development and implementation of national climate laws.


Jonathan’s PhD thesis challenges the approach taken by existing climate change laws and proposes an alternative model by which the law might more effectively drive emissions reductions.


Jonathan holds an LLM in Environmental Law and Policy from UCL and an MSci in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge.

Research Supervisors

UCL Associations/Academic and Professional Memberships

  • UCL Centre for Law and Environment, 2020 – 
  • UK Environmental Law Association (co-convenor, Climate Change and Energy Working Party), 2016 – 2018 

Professional Experience

  • Consultancy work on climate change law, 2021 - 
  • Climate Accountability Lawyer, ClientEarth, 2014 – 2020 
  • Solicitor in private practice, 2011 – 2013

Public Engagements and Media Coverage

Jonathan has appeared in or been published / quoted in a range of media: