Kerryn Brent

Dr Kerryn Brent

Senior Lecturer

Adelaide Law School

Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - 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


  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2022 Brent, K. (2022). Regulating Australia’s green hydrogen industry — objectives and challenges. Australian Environment Review, 36(6), 130.
    2022 McCormack, P., Jones, A., Wawryk, A., Brent, K., & Wong, V. (2022). The new Australian Blue Carbon Method is a tool for mitigating climate change while restoring coastal ecosystems: a potential win-win. Australian Environment Review, 37(2).
    2021 Boettcher, M., Brent, K., Buck, H. J., Low, S., McLaren, D., & Mengis, N. (2021). Navigating Potential Hype and Opportunity in Governing Marine Carbon Removal. Frontiers in Climate, 3, 8 pages.
    DOI Scopus6
    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, 3.
    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 McGee, J., Brent, K., McDonald, J., & Heyward, C. (2020). International Governance of Solar Radiation Management: Does the ENMOD Convention Deserve a Closer Look?. Carbon & Climate Law Review, 14(4), 294-305.
    2020 McCormack, P., McDonald, J., & 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 Scopus26 WoS25
    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.
    DOI Scopus15
    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 Scopus12 WoS7
    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.
    DOI Scopus5
    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.
    DOI Scopus10
    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.
  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2021 Brent, K. (2021). Solar Geoengineering is Prohibited under International Law. In B. Mayer, & A. Zahar (Eds.), Debating Climate Law (pp. 274-284). Cambridge, United Kingdom: 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.
    2018 Brent, K. (2018). Solar Radiation Management Geoengineering and Strict Liability for Ultrahazardous Activities. In N. Craik, C. S. G. Jefferies, S. L. Seck, & T. Stephens (Eds.), Global Environmental Change and Innovation in International Law (pp. 161-179). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
    DOI Scopus4 WoS2
    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.
  • Report for External Bodies

    Year Citation
    2019 Brent, K., Burns, W., & McGee, J. (2019). Governance of Marine Geoengineering.


Australian Research Council Discovery Grant, Governing solar radiation management research, development and deployment DP210102296, J McDonald, J McGee, K Brent $246,805


Department of Environment & Energy, Negative emissions technologies: survey and outlook study, P. Boyd, M. Ellwood, J. Yu, M. Howden, T. Senden, S. Eggins, E.J. Rohling, J. Borevits, J. McGee, J. McDonald, A. McIntosh, K. Brent, P. McCormack, I. Qureshi, S. Mazouz, C. O’Neill, B. Colvin, H. Adams, M. Clark, $80,000

College of Arts, Law & Education Hothouse Program (UTAS), Geoengineering and national security: the need for good governance, K. Brent, J. McGee, J. McDonald, P. Boyd, $9,466

College of Arts, Law & Education Hothouse Program (UTAS), Renewable Hydrogen Partnership Project, H. Lovell, J. McGee, K. Brent, F. Gale, E. Franklin, C. Levitt, $9,375


Centre for International Governance Innovation (Canada), Developing International Governance of Marine-Based Geoengineering, W. Burns, J. McGee, K. Brent, $26,118


College of Arts and Law Hothouse Research Enhancement Programme (UTAS), Regulating Plan B: Developing Legal Frameworks for Multiscale Governance of Geoengineering, J. McGee, J. McDonald, K. Brent, B. Gogarty, P. Boyd, $7,793

Institute for Social Change (UTAS), PhD Write-up Scholarship, K.Brent, $4000

LAW 1507 Torts

LAW 2568 Climate Change Law

LAW 4100/7181 Introduction to Environmental Law

LAW 2571 Law of the Sea

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