Laura Mai is a PhD Candidate and Visiting Lecturer at the Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s College London. Her primary research interests are international climate change law, global climate governance and socio-legal studies. In her doctoral research, Laura investigates the nature and role of international climate change law in light of the growing recognition of sub-national and non-state actors in the post-Paris UN climate change regime. Her project conceptualises climate change as a transformation challenge and combines qualitative research methods with legal analysis to investigate international climate change law and transnational ordering processes. The primary aim of Laura’s research is to analyse which forms and techniques of ordering – legal and non-legal – may be used to bring about the processes of change which are necessary to address climate change.
Besides international law, Laura’s expertise includes English and German law. She holds LLB degrees from University College London and the University of Cologne and she has obtained an LLM from the University of Cambridge. Prior to starting her PhD, Laura held a research assistant position with the School of Regulation and Global Governance at the Australian National University. Laura is qualified to practise law as a solicitor in England and Wales and she has worked for public sector and international organisations, including the German Foreign Office and the United Nations. At King’s College, Laura is member of the Climate Law & Governance centre, and she is co-founder and convener of the interdisciplinary KCL Climate Law & Governance Reading Group.