Kerryn Brent

Dr Kerryn Brent


Adelaide Law School

Faculty of the Professions

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 Kerryn is also co-chair of the Australia and New Zealand Society of International Law Oceans and International Environmental Interest Group.


  • Journals

    Year Citation
    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 Scopus6 WoS7
    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 Scopus3
    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 Scopus3 WoS3
    2018 Gogarty, B. (2018). Glacier engineering must mind the law. NATURE, 560(7717), 167.
    2017 Brent, K. (2017). The Certain Activities1 case: What implications for the no-harm rule?. Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law, 20(1), 28-36.
    DOI Scopus1
    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 Scopus5
    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.

LAW 1507 Torts

LAW 2568 Climate Change Law

LAW 7178 Planning Law

LAW7181 Introduction to Environmental Law

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  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Ligertwood, floor 3
  • Room: 3 11
  • Org Unit: Adelaide Law School

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