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Dr Kim Bouwer

Assistant Professor in Law

BA, LLB, LLM, PhD, Attorney (South Africa), Solicitor (England and Wales, non-practising)

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Assistant Professor in Law in the Durham Law School  
Assistant Professor in Law in Durham CELLS (Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences)  


Dr Kim Bouwer joined Durham Law School in 2021. She was previously a Lecturer in Law at the University of Exeter and prior to that, she was a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence. She has also held posts at University College London (London and Adelaide), Kings College London and the University of Strathclyde.
Dr Bouwer holds an LLB from the University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg) and an LLM, specialising in Human Rights, from Birkbeck College, University of London. She completed her PhD at UCL in 2016. Her thesis, ‘Building Disappointment’, examined the limits and potential of private law to address problems arising from domestic energy efficiency improvements. Before returning to UCL to pursue her doctoral research, Kim worked as a lawyer. She is a qualified attorney and solicitor and has experience of practice in two jurisdictions, England and Wales, and South Africa. She worked as a solicitor at a number of Legal 500 firms in London.

Dr Bouwer’s broader research interests lie in energy and climate change law and private law. She is particularly interested in litigation in the context of climate change, the regulation and governance of energy efficiency and low carbon technologies, and climate finance. At present her research focuses on climate litigation and its relationship with activism.


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Edited Journal

  • Bouwer, Kim & Field, Tracy-Lynn (2021). Special Issue: The Emergence of Climate Litigation in Africa. Carbon & Climate Law Review, 15 (2): Lexxion.

Journal Article

Other (Digital/Visual Media)

  • Bouwer, Kim (2022). Climate Litigation and Climate Activism. Video.
  • Bouwer, Kim (2022). Net Zero Rule of Law: Climate Consciousness and Legal Education. Blog.
  • Bouwer, Kim & Setzer, Joana (2020). Climate Litigation as Climate Activism: What Works? 14.
  • Bouwer, Kim (2015). Climate consciousness in daily legal practice. Blog.

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