Stephen Minas

Assistant Professor of Law

“In recent years, international cooperation and competition have been dramatically changed by the intensification of environmental crises, the growing economic weight of large developing countries, technological and financial innovation, the rise of a new generation of international organizations and expanded non-state actor participation in governance. The study and further elaboration of mechanisms of transnational cooperation and dispute resolution in this context can contribute to meeting our most pressing shared challenges.” 

  • Stephen Minas’s research concerns novel transnational processes of law, policy and dispute resolution that address the emerging sustainable economy, focused on the nexus of climate change, finance, energy and technology. This research agenda draws on areas of legal doctrine and practice including public international law, private international law, energy law, financial law and European Union law.

    Professor Minas is a senior research fellow of the Transnational Law Institute of King’s College London, a member of the UNFCCC Technology Executive Committee’s task forces on climate technology financing and mitigation, the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law and the Young Academics Network of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies, as well as an honorary fellow of the School of Population Health at the University of Melbourne. He has consulted to or collaborated with a variety of international organizations and think-tanks, including the Commonwealth Secretariat on the development of a law and climate change toolkit.

    Previously, Professor Minas has worked as a visiting lecturer at King’s College London (teaching in areas including finance law, climate change law and transnational law), an adviser to the Premier of the Australian state of Victoria, working on a variety of policy and legal areas including international trade and investment, energy and the environment, and for members of the Australian Parliament. He is admitted as an Australian lawyer and has completed the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre’s Tribunal Secretary Accreditation Programme.


    • Ph.D. in Law, King’s College London
    • M.Sc., London School of Economics
    • B.A.(Hons), University of Melbourne
    • LL.B.(Hons), University of Melbourne
    • GDLP, College of Law, Australia


    • Advanced Transnational Law
    • Climate Change
    • Public International Law

    • Eloise Scotford and Stephen Minas, “Probing the Hidden Depths of Climate Law: Analysing National Climate Change Legislation” (2019) 28 Review of European, Comparative & International Environmental Law 67-81.
    • Megan Bowman and Stephen Minas, “Resilience through interlinkage: the Green Climate Fund and Climate Finance Governance” (2019) 19 Climate Policy 342-353.
    • Stephen Minas (2019) “Why the ICJ’s Chagos Archipelago Advisory Opinion Matters for Global Justice—and for ‘Global Britain’”, Transnational Legal Theory, 10:1, 123-136.
    • Stephen Minas, “The Ocean-Climate Nexus in the Unfolding Anthropocene”, in Michelle Lim (ed.), Charting Environmental Law Futures in the Anthropocene (Springer, 2019).
    • Stephen Minas, “Jessup at the United Nations: International Legacy, Transnationall Possibilities”, in Peer Zumbansen (ed.), The Many Lives of Transnational Law: Critical Engagements with Jessup’s Bold Proposal (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2019).
    • Stephen Minas, “Marine Technology Transfer under a BBNJ Treaty: A Case for Transnational Network Cooperation“ (2018) 112 AJIL Unbound 144.
    • David D. Caron and Stephen Minas, ‘Conservation or Claim? The Motivations for Recent Marine Protected Areas’ in Nilufer Oral and Harry Scheiber (eds), Ocean Law Debates: The 50 Year Legacy and Emerging Issues for the Years Ahead (Brill/Martinus Nijhoff 2018).
    • Eloise Scotford, Stephen Minas and Andrew Macintosh, ‘Climate Change and National Laws across Commonwealth Countries’ (2018) 44 Commonwealth Law Bulletin .
    • Stephen Minas, ‘Towards the East: The Energy Community and the Extension of EU Climate Governance’ in Stephen Minas and Vassilis Ntousas (eds), EU Climate Diplomacy: Politics, Law and Negotiations (Routledge 2018).
    • Stephen Minas, ‘The Sendai Opportunity: Maritime Access and Cooperation for Disaster Relief’ in Stephen Minas and H Jordan Diamond (eds), Stress Testing the Law of the Sea: Dispute Resolution, Disasters and Emerging Challenges (Brill 2018).
    • Stephen Minas, ‘Climate Change Governance, International Relations and Politics: A Transnational Law Perspective’ in Peer Zumbansen (ed), Oxford Handbook of Transnational Law (Oxford University Press 2018) (forthcoming).
    • Stephen Minas and Vassilis Ntousas (eds), EU Climate Diplomacy: Politics, Technology and Networks (Routledge, 2018).
    • Stephen Minas and H. Jordan Diamond (eds), Stress Testing the Law of the Sea: Dispute Resolution, Disasters & Emerging Challenges, (Brill, 2017).


    • Stephen Minas, ‘Review: Julien Chaisse (ed), China’s International Investment Strategy: Bilateral, Regional, and Global Law and Policy’ (2019) Chinese Journal of International Law.
    • Stephen Minas, ‘Review: Aquaculture Law and Policy: Global, Regional and National Perspectives by Nigel Bankes, Irene Dahl and David L VangerZwaag (Eds)’ (2017) 25 Water Law 255.
    • Rafael Leal-Arcas and Stephen Minas, “Mapping the International and European Governance of Renewable Energy” (2016) Oxford Yearbook of European Law 1- 42.
    • Stephen Minas, “China’s Climate Change Dilemma: Policy and Management for Conditions of Complexity” (2012) 14(2) Emergence: Complexity & Organization 40-53.
    • Stephen Minas, “Kill Fewer, Kill Carefully': An Analysis of the 2006 to 2007 Death Penalty Reforms in China” (2009) 27 UCLA Pacific Basin Law Journal 36-70. 
Book chapters
    • Stephen Minas, “Energy and the Law of the Sea”, in Research Handbook on EU Energy Law and Policy, edited by Rafael Leal-Arcas and Jan Wouters, Edward Elgar, 2017 (forthcoming).
    • David D Caron and Stephen Minas, “Conservation or Claim? The Motivations for Recent Marine Protected Areas”, in Ocean Law Debates, Brill, 2017 (forthcoming).
    • Rafael Leal-Arcas and Stephen Minas, “Renewable Energy” in Research Handbook on International Law and Natural Resources, edited by Elisa Morgera& Kati Kulovesi, Edward Elgar, 2016.
    • Harry Minas, Danny Sullivan and Stephen Minas, “Chapter 53: Culture and Expert Psychiatric Evidence” in Expert Evidence, edited by Ian Freckelton& Hugh Selby, Thomson Reuters, 2015. 
Other publications
    • Stephen Minas, “The future of EU climate change technology and sustainable energy diplomacy”, FEPS Studies, October 2016 (includes an introduction by Swedish foreign minister Margot Wallström and an article by Miriam Dalli MEP).
    • Stephen Minas, “Climate change cooperation within the Global South: Finance, policy and institutions”, Briefing, Foreign Policy Centre, 2014.
    • Stephen Minas, “BASIC positions: Major emerging economies in the UN climate change negotiations”, Briefing, Foreign Policy Centre, 2013.
  • Professor Stephen Minas Discusses Chinese Energy Investment at Energy Community Sustainability Forum

    Professor Minas Authors Article on International Court of Justice Advisory Opinion

    Professor Minas Co-authored New Articles on Climate Law and Policy

    Professor Stephen Minas Co-edits New Law of the Sea book

    Professor Minas Participates in International Symposium on “Marine Scientific Research and the Law of the Sea”

    Professor Minas Presents at EU Conferences on Energy & Environment in the Belt and Road Initiative

    Professor Minas Participates in Major International Environmental Law Conference

    Professor Minas Co-edits New Book on Climate Change Law and Politics

    Landmark King’s Transnational Law Summit Held with STL Participation

    Professor Minas Authors Policy Report on EU and International Climate Law; Discusses Report in European Parliament

    Professor Minas Plays Active Role at UN Climate Change Conference 2017

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