Dr Kim Bouwer specialises in climate change and environmental law, and private law (predominantly torts).  She teaches, researches and gives consultancy in these fields.  She has won awards and recognition for her teaching practice and research collaboration.  Her main area of interest is in climate litigation. Since 2019 she has led on a project exploring the meaning and nature of climate litigation and justice in Africa.  An edited book on this theme has just been published with Bristol University Press.   She has also been the UK Rapporteur for the British Institute for International and Comparative Law on their Global Perspectives on Corporate Climate Legal Tactics project. 


Dr  Bouwer holds an LLB from the University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg) and an LLM from the University of London. She completed her PhD at University College London. She has held posts or visiting positions at a variety of global institutions, including UCL, the EUI, the University of the Witwatersrand, KCL, and the University of Exeter. She joined Durham Law School as an Assistant Professor in September 2021.  From November 2023 she is a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute at the London School of Economics. 

Before her doctoral research, Dr Bouwer worked as a lawyer. She trained conducting legal community service in Johannesburg, then worked as an attorney in South Africa.  Thereafter, Dr Bouwer worked as a solicitor at several Legal 500 firms in London, conducting claimant public interest litigation. 


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