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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

Her research interests include :

  1. Environmental legal expertise and Disaster Science & Technology Studies (or DSTS as an emergent subfield of STS) ;
  2. Climate change law / Biodiversity law scholarship and epistemologies of knowledge about global environmental change ;
  3. Environmental law education and the Anthropocene as a 'boundary object', with a focus on the development of integrated teaching methods (including PBL) at the interface of Global Environmental Change Sciences and the emerging 'Environmental Humanities' ;
  4. Contemporary legal thought, with a focus on Global Legal Studies and Critical Environmental Law.

Her current research project examines how environmental legal studies are challenged by, and engage with the 'Anthropocene' scientific proposal and thought experiment. Focusing on East Asia (post-3.11 Japan in particular) and addressing emerging fields of transnational expertise, this research explores the possibility to develop integrated case-, project- and problem-based learning in environmental education, at the interface of global environmental change science and the emerging 'Environmental Humanities' (JSPS grant-in-aid for scientific research : Challenging Exploratory Research, New Fields of Law, 2016 - 2019).

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