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    University of Lincoln
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    Prof Duncan French

    Head of the Lincoln Law School/PGT Dean

    Lincoln Law School
    College of Social Science

    About Duncan French

    Professor Duncan French, Head of the Lincoln Law School, is a leading academic on international environmental law and the international legal implications of sustainable development. He has written extensively in these areas, as well as writing generally on both broader questions of public international law (eg. treaty interpretation), international economic and investment law and the interaction between international law and European Union law. He has secondary research interests in international law of the sea and Antarctica. As a key figure in the global debate on sustainable development, he has been co-rapporteur of the International Law Association Committee on the International Law on Sustainable Development for ten years. He is currently Chairman of the ILA Working Group on International Law and Due Diligence. In his capacity as a senior research fellow of the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law, Professor French spoke to diplomats at the UN Headquarters (New York) in April 2012 on the role of international tribunals in resolving complex environmental and socio-economic disputes. He also an interest in the relationship between EU and international (environmental) law, and has written on such matters as the Mox Plant dispute between Ireland and the UK concerning potential radioactive harm in the Irish Sea (and its EU dimensions), EU/Caribbean investment relations and the seminal decision of Kadi, in which the Court of Justice clearly demarcated the legal jurisdiction of the EU in the review of UN terrorist listing. A recent work (Global Justice and Sustainable Development (D. French (ed) Martinus Nijhoff (2010)) was nominated for the prestigious International Studies Association 2012 Harold and Margaret Sprout Environmental Studies Book prize. Professor French was Professor of International Law at the University of Sheffield from 2009 until 2012, prior to taking up his new post as the Head of Lincoln Law School in February 2012. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of South Australia.

    Department Responsibilities

    Head of Lincoln Law School
    Professor of International Law
    Member of College of Social Science Management Team
    Member of University Standing Regulations Oversight Group

    Subject Specialism

    public international law, international environmental law, international legal implications of sustainable development, international economic law


    • LLB (East Anglia)
    • LLM (Nottingham)
    • PhD (Wales, Cardiff)

    Professional Affiliations

    • Member of European Society International Law Expert Group on International Courts and Tribunals
    • Chair of International Law Association Working Group on International Law and Due Diligence
    • Member of International Law Association Committee on Legal Principles relating to Climate Change

    Research Group Memberships

    Research in the Lincoln Repository

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