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Management and Policy

Giraudou, Isabelle
Associate Professor
International Public Law, International Disaster Law, International Environmental Law, Humanitarian Law
TEL: +81-3-5465-8232


Isabelle joined the Organization for Programs on Environmental Sciences in 2017. After a doctorate in International Law (with a focus on Disaster Law) and a post-doctorate in Comparative Environmental Law (University of Tokyo, Graduate School for Law and Politics, 2000-2001), she taught at Niigata University (2001-2004), Tohoku University (2004-2008), and Nagoya University (2012-2016). Between 2008 and 2012, she was researcher at the French Research Institute on Japan (Maison franco-japonaise, Tokyo) established by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and associated with the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). Environmental legal studies, disaster law, and contemporary legal thought are her main teaching areas. Her particular research focus is skills education in the field of environmental law and policy.

Research Interests

Isabelle's main research interests relate to Law and/in the Anthropocene: (a) Environmental law education and the Anthropocene as a 'boundary object'; (b) Climate Change Law scholarship and epistemologies of knowledge about global environmental change; (c) Environmental legal expertise and Disaster-STS (as an emergent subfield of Science and Technology Studies).

Her current research examines how environmental law and disaster law progressively engage with the 'Anthropocene' thought experiment. With a view to enriching the discussion on science, the legal profession, and judicial reasoning in the age of climate change, her most recent research proposal examines how environmental, corporate, and government lawyers utilize their expertise to shape the legal system's response to a continuously rising risk of more frequent and higher-impact disasters in Japan. It also examines the possibility to develop clinical skills education in the emergent field of Climate Disaster Law, and assesses whether effective 'climate disaster lawyering' practices are transferable across jurisdictions, in particular from Japan to other jurisdictions in East Asia.

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