Kyla Tienhaara is a research fellow at the Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet) and co-director of the Climate and Environmental Governance Network (ESG Research Centre Australia), Australian National University. She completed her PhD at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (2008). She also holds a Master’s degree in environmental science and law from the University of Nottingham (2002) and a Bachelor of Science in environmental science, with a minor in international relations, from the University of British Columbia (2001).

Kyla’s main area of interest is the intersection between earth system governance and the global economic system. Her PhD thesis examined investor-state disputes concerning environmental regulation that were brought to international arbitration under bilateral and regional investment agreements. Her current focus is on an analysis of ‘green’ fiscal stimulus measures introduced by governments following the global financial crisis.

Recent Publications

  • Tienhaara, K., Bled, A., and R. Falkner, “Global Corporations: Continuities and Changes in Business Power”, in F. Biermann and P. Pattberg (eds) Global Environmental Governance Reconsidered. Cambridge MA: MIT Press (forthcoming)
  • Tienhaara, K. “Regulatory Chill and the Threat of Arbitration: A View from Political Science”, in C. Brown and K. Miles (eds) Evolution in Investment Treaty Law and Arbitration. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press (forthcoming).
  • Tienhaara, K. “Once BITten, Twice Shy? The Uncertain Future of ‘Shared Sovereignty’ in Investment Treaty Arbitration”, Policy & Society (forthcoming).
  • Tienhaara, K. “Foreign Investment Contracts in the Oil & Gas Sector: A Survey of Environmentally Relevant Clauses”, Sustainable Development Law & Policy (2011).
  • Tienhaara, K. 2010. “A Tale of Two Crises: What the Global Financial Crisis Means for the Global Environmental Crisis”, Environmental Policy and Governance 20 (3): 197-208.
  • Ford, J. and K. Tienhaara. 2010. “Too Little, Too Late? International Oversight of Contract Negotiations in Post-Conflict Liberia”, International Peacekeeping, 17(3): 361-376.
  • Tienhaara, K. 2009. The Expropriation of Environmental Governance: Protecting Foreign Investors at the Expense of Public Policy. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press (http://www.cambridge.org/gb/knowledge/isbn/item2702905/?site_locale=en_GB).
  • Tienhaara, K. 2008. “Unilateral Commitments to Investment Protection: Does the Promise of Stability Restrict Environmental Policy Development?” Yearbook of International Environmental Law 17: 139-167.
  • Tienhaara, K. 2007. “Third-Party Participation in Investment-Environment Disputes: Recent Developments”, Review of European Community and International Environmental Law 16(2): 230-242.
  • Tienhaara, K. 2006. “Mineral Investment and the Regulation of the Environment in Developing Countries: Lessons from Ghana”, International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics 6(4): 371-394.
  • Tienhaara, K. 2006, “What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You: Investor-State Disputes and the Environment”, Global Environmental Politics 6(4): 73-100.


Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet)

College of Asia and the Pacific
Coombs Extension Building (8)
Australian National University
Canberra, ACT 0200, Australia
email: Kyla.Tienhaara[at]anu.edu.au