Lisa Vanhala, Associate Professor in Human Rights at UCL, discusses legal mobilisation on climate change. The respondent will be Liz Fisher, Professor of Environmental Law, University of Oxford.
Lisa Vanhala is a Professor of Political Science at UCL. She did her DPhil and MPhil in Oxford and her undergraduate degree at McGill University and Sciences Po Paris.
Lisa's research looks at the relationship between NGOs, law and social change. She is currently working on three projects. One attempts to solve the puzzle of why some environmental NGOs have chosen to be active participants before the courts while others have completely eschewed the use of legal strategies in pursuit of their policy goals. The second project looks at the role courts play in debates about climate change. She is seeking to understand why we see a judicialization of climate change politics in some countries and some climate-related policy fields but not in others. The third project explores the international politics of climate change loss and damage including ethnographic research on the UN committee that addresses this issue.