Adelaide Law School
Faculty of the Professions
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) - email supervisor to discuss availability.
Kerryn researches in the fields of international and environmental law, examining how legal systems can facilitate effective responses to climate change. Her research primarily focuses on the governance of emerging climate intervention technologies. These are proposals to reduce global temperatures by drawing carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere or by reflecting a percentage of sunlight away from the Earth. Leading scientists and international organisations indicate that carbon dioxide removal and/or solar radiation management will be essential to keep global mean temperatures with the range of 1.5-2oC necessary to avoid catastrophic climate change impacts. However, these proposals present significant environmental, geopolitical and social risks that require comprehensive governance at international and domestic levels. Kerryn’s research considers how legal systems can meet these governance challenges and contribute to responsible climate intervention research and implementation.
In 2017, Kerryn was awarded her doctorate on the topic of customary international law and the governance of solar radiation management from the University of Tasmania. Since then, her research has also focused on the governance of marine SRM and CDR technologies.
Kerryn is a Deputy Director of the Australian Forum for Climate Intervention Governance https://www.utas.edu.au/climate-intervention-governance. Kerryn is also co-chair of the Australia and New Zealand Society of International Law Oceans and International Environmental Interest Group.
Date Position Institution name 2020 Lecturer University of Adelaide 2017 - 2020 Lecturer University of Tasmania
Date Institution name Country Title — University of Tasmania Australia Doctor of Philosophy (Law) — College of Law Australia Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice — University of Newcastle Australia Australia Bachelor of Laws Honours Class 1 — University of Newcastle Australia Australia Bachelor of Arts
Year Citation 2021 McGee, J., Brent, K., McDonald, J., & Heyward, C. (2021). International Governance of Solar Radiation Management: Does the ENMOD Convention Deserve a Closer Look?. Carbon & Climate Law Review, 14(4), 294-305.
2021 Keller, D. P., Brent, K., Bach, L. T., & Rickels, W. (2021). The Role of Ocean-based Negative Emission Technologies for Climate Mitigation. Frontiers in Climate.
2020 Simon, M., Brent, K., McDonald, J., & McGee, J. (2020). Enhancing the Weather: Governance of Weather Modification Activities in Australia. Environmental and Planning Law Journal, 37(6), 698-719. 2020 Brent, K. A. (2020). Governance of Land-based Negative-emission Technologies to Promote Biodiversity Conservation: Lessons from Australia. Climate Law, 10(2), 123-150.
2019 Brent, K., & Tofighi, A. (2019). Climate Engineering and the Law. TRANSNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW, 8(1), 197-202.
2019 McDonald, J., McGee, J., Brent, K., & Burns, W. (2019). Governing geoengineering research for the Great Barrier Reef. Climate Policy, 19(7), 801-811.
DOI Scopus13 WoS18
2018 McGee, J., Brent, K., & Burns, W. (2018). Geoengineering the oceans: an emerging frontier in international climate change governance. Australian Journal of Maritime and Ocean Affairs, 10(1), 67-80.
2018 Brent, K., McGee, J., McDonald, J., & Rohling, E. (2018). International law poses problems for negative emissions research. Nature Climate Change, 8(6), 451-453.
DOI Scopus5 WoS4
2018 Gogarty, B. (2018). Glacier engineering must mind the law. NATURE, 560(7717), 167.
DOI Europe PMC1
2017 Brent, K. A. (2017). The Certain Activities1 case: What implications for the no-harm rule?. Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law, 20(1), 28-36.
2015 Moore, N., Benmazhar, H., Brent, K., Du, H., Iese, V., Kone, S., . . . Zhuo, Z. (2015). Climate Engineering: Early Reflections on a Complex Conversation. Climate Law, 5(2-4), 295-301.
2015 Maguire, A., McGee, J., & Brent, K. (2015). Does the 'No-Harm' Rule Have a Role in Preventing Transboundary Harm and Harm to the Global Atmospheric Commons from Geoengineering?. Climate Law, 5(1), 35-63.
2015 Brent, K., McGee, J., & McDonald, J. (2015). The governance of geoengineering: An emerging challenge for international and domestic legal systems?. Journal of Law, Information and Science, 24(1), 1-33.
2012 Brent, K., & McGee, J. (2012). The regulation of geoengineering: A gathering storm for international climate change policy?. Air Quality and Climate Change, 46(4), 22-27. — Boettcher, M., Brent, K., Buck, H. J., Low, S., McLaren, D., & Mengis, N. (n.d.). Navigating Potential Hype and Opportunity in Governing Marine Carbon Removal. Frontiers in Climate, 3.
Year Citation 2021 Debating Climate Law (2021). Cambridge University Press.
2020 Brent, K. (2020). Marine geoengineering governance and the importance of compatibility with the law of the sea. In J. McDonald, J. McGee, & R. Barnes (Eds.), Research Handbook on Climate Change, Oceans and Coasts (pp. 442-460). Cheltenham, Glos., United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited. 2017 Brent, K., McGee, J., & McDonald, J. (2017). Negative emissions and geoengineering technologies: an emerging challenge for international and domestic legal systems. In A. A. de Carli, E. Aydos, & P. C. S. Avzaradel (Eds.), O Estado Regulador no Cenario Ambiental (pp. 406-466). Sao Paulo: Instituto Planeta Verde. — Brent, K. (n.d.). Solar Radiation Management Geoengineering and Strict Liability for Ultrahazardous Activities. In Global Environmental Change and Innovation in International Law (pp. 161-179). Cambridge University Press.
Report for External Bodies
Year Citation 2019 Brent, K., Burns, W., & McGee, J. (2019). Governance of Marine Geoengineering.
LAW 1507 Torts
LAW 2568 Climate Change Law
LAW 7178 Planning Law
LAW 4100/7181 Introduction to Environmental Law
LAW 2571 Law of the Sea
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