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Department of Land Economy

Environment, Law & Economics
 

 

Summary of Research Interests

Research areas of focus include access and benefit sharing (ABS), governance of marine and terrestrial biodiversity, ocean climate interfaces, trade/investment and environment nexus, carbon offsetting and renewable energy promotion, and legal measures to support achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

 

PhD Thesis Title

The Legal Architecture of Market Mechanisms under International Law and the Role of Private Actors in Advancing Sustainable Development:

Analysis of experiences related to climate change and biodiversity

 

Supervisors and Advisor

Dr. Markus W Gehring

 

Start Date

Michaelmas 2019

 

End Date

Easter 2022

College

Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge

Education

Ph.D. Candidate, University of Cambridge (2019–present)

  • Hong Kong Memorial Scholar (2019-2023), SSHRC Doctoral Fellow (2020-2023), Tammy Chen Memorial Scholar (2020-2021)
  • Coordinator, Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professorship
  • Vice-President, Hughes Hall Law Society

 

Master of Laws (LLM) in Law and Technology, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa (2016)

  • CIGI International Law Research Program Scholar (2015-2016)
  • Member of Research Team, ABS Canada
  • Member of Research Team, Open AIR

 

Bachelor of Laws (LLB) Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University (2009)

  • James Hendry Memorial Prize in International Environmental Law
  • Dalhousie Journal of Legal Studies, Editor
  • Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot

 

Master of Arts in Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University (2006)

  • President, International Student Association
  • Vice-President, Graduate Diplomacy Council

 

Bachelor of Science (Honors), in History and Philosophy, Eastern Michigan University (2004)

  • National Scholar
  • University Honors Program
  • Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Alpha Theta Honors Societies 
  • Student Government, Senator & Chairman, Student Senate Committee on Public Affairs

 

Awards and Scholarships

  • Hong Kong Memorial Scholar, Hughes Hall (2019-2023)
  • Doctoral Fellow, SSHRC (2020-2023)
  • Tammy Chen Memorial Scholar, CCSF (2020)

 

Fellowships

  • Centre for International Sustainable Development Law, Legal Research Fellow (2009-Present)
  • Centre for International Governance Innovation, International Law Research Program, Fellow (2019-2020)

 

Teaching and Research Experience

  • Supervision, Land Economy Paper 5

 

Professional Experience

  • Operations Director, Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (2019-Present)
  • Senior Research Associate, Centre for International Governance Innovation, International Law Research Program (2016-2019)

 

Organisations

  • Member of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law

 

Representative Publications

Book Chapters

  • Freedom-Kai Phillips, et al. “Implementation of Obligations for Wetland and Waterfowl Conservation Under the Ramsar Convention: Lessons and Options at the Sakumo Lagoon, Ghana” in Elizabeth Kirk and Rose-Liza Eisma-Osorio eds., The Impact of Environmental Law: Stories of the World we Want (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2020).
  • Freedom-Kai Phillips, et al. “The European Union” in Emma Lees and Jorge E. Viñuales eds. The Oxford Handbook on Comparative Environmental Law (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019).
  • Freedom-Kai Phillips et al. “International Law and Marine Ecosystem Governance: The Climate Change Nexus” in Paul Harris ed. Climate Change and Ocean Governance: Politics and Policy for Threatened Seas (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019).
  • Freedom-Kai Phillips, “Access and Benefit-sharing in Canada: Glimpses from National Experiences to Inform Aboriginal Sensitive Policy” in Chidi Oguamanam ed. Genetic Resources, Justice and Reconciliation: Canada and Global Access and Benefit Sharing (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018).
  • Freedom-Kai Phillips et al. “Brexit and Environmental Law: The Rocky Road Ahead” in Oonagh E. Fitzgerald et al. eds. Complexity’s Embrace: The International Law Implications of Brexit (Waterloo: CIGI, 2018).
  • Freedom-Kai Phillips et al., “The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (LOSC) and Sustainable Development Jurisprudence” in Marie Claire Cordonier Segger et al. eds. Sustainable Development in International Courts and Tribunals (London: Routledge Publishing, 2017).
  • Freedom-Kai Phillips, “Sustainable Bio-Based Supply Chains in Light of the Nagoya Protocol” in Wendy Tate et. al. eds. Implementing Triple Bottom Line Sustainability into Global Supply Chains (London: Greenleaf Publishing, 2016).
  • Freedom-Kai Phillips, “Climate Change, Sustainable Development and NAFTA: Regional policy harmonization as a basis for sustainable development,” in Hoi Kong et. al. eds. NAFTA and Sustainable Development: The History, Experience and Prospects For Implementation (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015).

Articles and Research Papers (Selected)

  • Freedom-Kai Phillips, et al. “Effective Control and Deep Seabed Mining: Toward a Definition” Liability Issues for Deep Seabed Mining Series, Paper No. 7 (Waterloo: CIGI, 2019).
  • Freedom-Kai Phillips, “Participation of Non-party Stakeholders under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change: Options for Future Engagement” CIGI Paper 205 (Waterloo: CIGI, 2018).
  • Freedom-Kai Phillips et al. “Brexit and Environmental Law: The Rocky Road Ahead” in Oonagh E. Fitzgerald et al. eds. Complexity’s Embrace: The International Law Implications of Brexit (Waterloo: CIGI, 2018).
  • Freedom-Kai Phillips, “Legal Working Group on Liability for Environmental Harm from Activities in the Area” CIGI Conference Report (Waterloo: CIGI, 2018).
  • Freedom-Kai Phillips, “Intellectual Property Rights in Traditional Knowledge: Enabler of Sustainable Development” Utrecht Journal of International and European Law (2016) 32(83), 1–18.
  • Freedom-Kai Phillips, et al., “Intersections of the Paris Agreement and Carbon Offsetting: Legal and Functional Considerations” CIGI Policy Brief No.88 (Waterloo: CIGI, 2016).
  • Freedom-Kai Phillips et al., “Indigenous Traditional Knowledge for Sustainable Development: The Biodiversity Convention and Plant Treaty Regimes,” Journal of Forest Research (2015) 20:5, 430-437.

Commissioned Work (Selected)

  • Freedom-Kai Phillips, “Trade-Climate Interlinkages Approaches Taken in Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs)” Legal Brief (CISDL/European Climate Foundation 2020).
  • Freedom-Kai Phillips, “Understanding Current US Trade Agreement Practice Analysis of US Regional Trade Agreements and Bilateral Trade Agreements” Legal Brief (CISDL/European Climate Foundation 2020).
  • Freedom-Kai Phillips, et al. “Legal options for post-Brexit climate change and energy provisions in a future UK-EU trade agreement” Special Report (European Climate Foundation 2019).
  • Freedom-Kai Phillips et al., “Sustainable Development Goal 14 on Marine Ecosystems” CISDL Legal Brief (Montreal, Canada: CISDL/UNEP, 2016).
  • Freedom-Kai Phillips et al., “Sustainable Development Goal 6 on Water” CISDL Legal Brief (Montreal, Canada: CISDL/UNEP, 2016).
  • Freedom-Kai Phillips et al., “Sustainable Development Goal 12 on Sustainable Consumption and Production” CISDL Legal Brief (Montreal, Canada: CISDL/UNEP, 2016).
  • Freedom-Kai Phillips et al., “Enabling Legal Frameworks for Low Carbon Investments in Sustainable Landscapes in the DRC: Legal Background Paper” (Montreal, Canada: CISDL/CIFOR, 2016).

Conference Presentations (Selected)

  • Side Event with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Legal Division, COP 25, Madrid, Spain, 2019, “Oceans and Climate Change: International Legal Interfaces”
  • Expert Presentation to the Legal and Technical Commission of the International Seabed Authority, Kingston, Jamaica, 2019, “The role of “Effective Control” in Deep Seabed Mining Liability.”
  • IUCN Academy of Environmental Law 16th Annual Colloquium, Glasgow, Scotland, 2018, “Participation of “non-Party stakeholders” under the UNFCCC: Options for Future Engagement.”
  • Side Event UNFCCC SB48, Bonn, Germany, 2018, “Promotion of Biofuels: Fueling the low carbon bioeconomy of the future.”
  • Expert Conference on Marine Genetic Resources and Access and Benefit Sharing, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea, 2018, “Governance of Marine Genetic Resources: Legal Issues.”
  • Role of non-Party Stakeholders, Climate Law and Governance Day, UNFCCC COP23, Bonn, Germany, 2017.
  • Asian Society of International Law, Seoul, South Korea, 2017, “Marine Governance and the Climate Change Nexus.”
  • ABS Canada Expert Consultation, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada, 2017, “Governance of Indigenous Genetic Resources and Traditional Knowledge in Canada: Lessons Learned and Areas of Opportunity.”
 

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