Dr Peter Lawrence is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Tasmania Law School (Australia). Peter’s research is interdisciplinary spanning international law and philosophy, particularly theories of justice and the global climate regime. Peter is the author of Justice for Future Generations, Climate Change and International Law (2014). In 2016 Peter was a visiting research scholar at the University of Utrecht Ethics Institute working on intergenerational justice issues. He has also undertaken work in relation to the use of soft law, justice and effectiveness in relation to the Paris Climate Agreement. Peter is currently collaborating on an Australia-Germany research project on representation of future generations through international climate litigation with colleagues at the Munich School of Philosophy and Max Plank Institute for International Law in Heidelberg, Germany. He is a former Australian diplomat with extensive experience in negotiating environmental agreements.

Selected Publications

  • Justice for future generations, climate change and international law (Edward Elgar, 2014).
  • ‘An atmospheric trust to protect the environment for future generations? Reforming global human rights law’ in Gerhard Bos, Marcus Düwell, (eds) Human Rights and Sustainability (Routledge, 2016) 25-39.
  • ‘Justice and choice of legal instrument under the Durban mandate: Ideal and not so ideal legal form’ in Dominic Roser and Clare Heyward (eds) Climate Justice in a Non-Ideal World (OUP 2015) 125-147.
  • With Brendan Gogarty, ‘The ICJ Whaling case: missed opportunity to advance the rule of law in resolving science-related disputes in global commons?’ Heidelberg Journal of International Law Vol 77 2017 (forthcoming).
  • With Rebecca Byrnes, ‘Bringing diplomacy into the classroom: Stimulating student engagement through a simulated treaty negotiation’ Legal Education Review (Australia) Vol 26 (2016) 20-46.
  • With Rebecca Byrnes, “Can ‘soft law’ solve ‘hard problems’ “? Justice, legal form and the Durban-mandated climate negotiations’ University of Tasmania Law Review, vol 34 (1) (2015) 34-67.

    Associated Crosscutting Themes

  • Norms