Visiting Assistant Professor of Law
Ph.D., Leicester University
LL.M., University of London
LL.B., University College of London
Dr. Lisa Benjamin’s research investigates the intersection of corporate law and international environmental law in the area of climate change and climate risk. She researches areas involving non-state actors including corporations and institutional investors, with a focus on energy corporations. Her doctoral studies focused on carbon major companies, corporate and energy law and climate change. Prior to academia, she was in private practice for eight years, mainly as an associate in the commercial department of CMS Cameron McKenna in London (now CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP).
Prior to joining the Penn State Law faculty, she was an Oxford-Princeton Global Leaders Fellow, and her research during her post-doctoral fellowship investigated developing countries and climate change, with an emphasis on energy policy, green industrial policymaking and trade. Prior to her fellowship, she was an assistant professor in The University of The Bahamas' LL.B. Programme, where she taught courses in environmental, trade, company, and intellectual property law. She also researches climate change from the perspective of developing countries, with a focus on small island developing states. She was a member of the Compliance Committee (Facilitative Branch) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change from 2014 to 2018, the Bahamas National Climate Change Committee, and founder of the Environmental Law Clinic, a collaboration between The University of The Bahamas' LL.B. Programme and the Eugene Dupuch Law School. She was also a director of the Bahamas Protected Areas Fund from 2015 to 2018 and has been an adviser to, and member of, the Bahamian national delegation to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Benjamin L., ‘Institutional Investors and Carbon Major Companies: Private Environmental Governance Post-Paris’ 9(1) (2018) George Washington Journal of Energy and Environmental Law
Thomas, A. and Benjamin, L. ‘Policies and Mechanisms to Address Climate-Induced Migration and Displacement in Pacific and Caribbean Small Island Developing States’ International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management, Special Issue, Climate Change, Migration and Displacement of Populations (2017).
Benjamin, L. ‘The Duty of Due Consideration in the Anthropocene: Climate Risk and English Directorial Duties’ Carbon and Climate Law Review 11(2) (2017) 90-99.
Thomas, A. and Benjamin, L. ‘Management of Loss and Damage in small island developing states: Implications of a 1.5°C or warmer world’ Regional Environmental Change, Special Issue, 1.5°C and Small Island Developing States (2017) DOI 10.1007/s10113-017-1184-7.
Benjamin, L. ‘The Responsibilities of Carbon Major Companies: Are They (and Is the Law) Doing Enough? Transnational Environmental Law 5(2) (2016) 353-378.
Benjamin, L. and Thomas, A. ‘1.5 °C to stay alive? AOSIS and the long-term temperature goal in the Paris Agreement’ IUCN Academy of Environmental Law eJournal 7, (2016) 122-129