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Stephen Humphreys

Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment


 Stephen is also a Lecturer in the Department of Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He has edited a book on climate change and human rights. Prior to joining LSE in 2009, Stephen was Research Director at the International Council on Human Rights Policy in Geneva, where his research focused on environmental law and on privacy and surveillance. He previously acted as Publications Director for the Open Society Justice Initiative in New York, and before that oversaw a project monitoring minority rights and discrimination in ten EU accession countries for the Open Society Institute in Budapest. Stephen conducted research on climate change and the Kyoto mechanisms with ENDA Tiers Monde in Dakar, Senegal. Stephen holds a PhD in law from the University of Cambridge and a Masters in comparative and international law from SOAS, University of London.

Research Interest

  Climate change, in particular as it creates or exacerbates human rights risks; International criminal law, with a particular emphasis on the transnational construction of crime and the remaking of sovereignty; The distribution of risk and security under international and transnational law; The fragmentation of international law, legal theory – drawing in particular on critical theory – and in rule of law promotion: the contemporary form of law and development.

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