Book launch with Justine Bendel

CILG is hosting a book discussion with Justine Bendel who will present her latest book Litigating the Environment: Process and Procedure before International Courts and Tribunals (E. Elgar) on the 4th December 2023.

This book scrutinises how international courts and tribunals may respond procedurally to an ever-growing list of environmental disputes. In a time of environmental crisis, it lays crucial groundwork for strengthening the application of international environmental law, a topic of increasing relevance for global civil society.

Putting into perspective the practices of various international courts and tribunals, the author works within the constraints of the existing judicial framework to sharpen international environmental justice and governance.

Bendel provides judges and litigators with tools that they can use when confronted with environmental disputes, to extract the best practices in the interest of improving environmental litigation for each phase of a judicial procedure.

More information about the book is available at this link. Get 35% discount by using the following discount code JUBE35 at checkout.


16:00-16:05 Welcome and introduction
by Dr Beatriz Martinez Romera, Associate Professor in Environmental and Climate Change Law, University of Copenhagen.
16:05-16:15 Presentation of the book
by Dr Justine Bendel, Marie Curie Fellow, University of Copenhagen.
16:15-17:00 Discussants
  • Professor James Harrison, Professor of Environmental Law, University of Edinburgh
  • Dr Ruth Mackenzie, Reader in International Law, University of Westminster
  • Professor Ole Windahl Pedersen, Professor of Environmental Law, University of Aarhus
17:00-17:30 General debate
chaired by Dr Beatriz Martinez Romera, Associate Professor in Environmental and Climate Change Law, University of Copenhagen

After the event, refreshments will be served.


For participation in the event, please use this registration form no later than 1 December 2023.

Short biographies

Justine Bendel

Dr Justine Bendel is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Her work focuses broadly on enforcement issues in international environmental and climate change law, with a particular emphasis on the impacts of international law on forests. Her recently published monograph is entitled Litigating the Environment: Process and Procedure before International Courts and Tribunals (Elgar, 2023).

She obtained her PhD from the University of Edinburgh, and her Masters and Bachelor from the University of Geneva. She worked at the environmental NGO ClientEarth and interned at the UN Codification Division. She was also a member of the legal teams of Chile and Mauritius respectively in the Silala case before the ICJ and the Mauritius v. Maldives case before the ITLOS.

James Harrison

Professor James Harrison joined the School of Law as a member of academic staff in July 2007.

He holds law degrees from the University of Edinburgh (PhD, LLM) and the University of East Anglia (LLB). James teaches on a number of international law courses, including specialist courses in the international law of the sea, international environmental law, and international law for the protection of the marine environment. His research interests span these areas, considering how the legal rules evolve and interact, as well as examining how international law and policy influences the domestic legal framework. He also has a particular interest in the contribution of international courts and tribunals to the development of international law.

James is an Annual Case Review Editor (International Environmental Law) for the Journal of Environmental Law.

Ruth Mackenzie

Dr Ruth Mackenzie is Reader in International Law, with expertise in international environmental and natural resources law, law of the sea, and the law and policy of international courts and tribunals. She currently teaches LL.M modules on Peaceful Settlement of International Disputes, International Environmental Law, and International Energy and Climate Change Law, and also on the LL.B module International Law and Global Justice.  Ruth is the Law School representative on the College Research Ethics Committee (Liberal Arts and Sciences).

Ruth has held research grants from the European Commission's Seventh Framework programme ( Impact of International Courts on Domestic Criminal Procedures in Mass Atrocity Cases – DOMAC) and the Department for International Development (Globalisation and the International Governance on Modern Biotechnology). She has acted as a consultant to the United Nations Environment Programme and the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies on issues related to biodiversity and biotechnology, and is a member of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law. Ruth acts as co-editor of the Oxford University Press monograph series on International Courts and Tribunals. Prior to joining Westminster Law School, she was Principal Research Fellow and Deputy Director at the Centre for International Courts and Tribunals at University College London, and Director of the Biodiversity and Marine Resources programme at the Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development. Ruth is a member of the AHRC Peer Review College (2022-25).

Ole Windahl Pedersen

Professor Ole Windahl Pedersen joined Aarhus University in 2021 as Professor of Environmental Law. Prior to this, he was at Newcastle Law School for 14 years where he was Director of Research and REF UoA Coordinator and member of the school's Executive Committee. At Newcastle he was also Chair of the University's Biosafety Committee and served on both University Senate and Council. He studied law at the University of Copenhagen (Cand. jur./LLB and LLM) and at the University of Aberdeen (PhD).

His research focuses on various aspects of environmental regulation and energy law. First, he has a general interest in all legal and regulatory matters relating to the environment and is joint author of Environmental Law (9th ed.), a key text in the discipline. This interest includes the role of adjudication of environmental matters, on which I have published Environmental Adjudication jointly authored with Professor Emma Lees (EUI). Second, he has a keen interest in the relationship between environmental issues and human rights and I have published extensively on this subject over the years. His research in this area was recently cited by the European Court of Human Rights in its 2022 Pavlov v Russia decision. Third, he has an interest in the theoretical foundations of environmental law as well as the role played by the courts in shaping environmental law. Finally, he is interested in what and how environmental law scholars engage in scholarship and has edited a recent collection of essays on environmental law scholarship in Perspectives on Environmental Law Scholarship.

Ongoing research projects include work on regulatory techniques by environment agencies, the relationship between human rights and the environment before the European Court of Human Rights and the enforcement of environmental law. In 2023, he will begin a DKK 2,1M project funded by the AUFF titled 'Climate Constitutionalism: Theory, Institutions and Challenges funded by the AUFF. He is co-investigator on the £1.2m Newcastle-led EPSRC NetZero Geordie project, where his contribution focuses on regulatory and legal aspects of single well geothermal systems as part of a whole energy system.