(c) Nicola Sharman

Nicola Sharman


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Nicola Sharman joined RIFS as a Fellow in April 2024, where she is developing part of her doctoral research on the democratic legitimacy of international climate change law. Nicola is pursuing her doctorate with the University of Eastern Finland as part of the 2035Legitimacy project, an interdisciplinary project which aims to assess the legitimacy of climate policy. Her work more specifically focuses on the exercise of procedural rights within the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change from the point of view of those most affected by climate change. It is funded by the Strategic Research Council of Finland. Nicola holds a master's degree in Global Environmental Law and Governance from the University of Strathclyde, and worked for several years prior to this as a solicitor.

  • April 2024 - present: Fellow at RIFS, Potsdam
  • April 2021 - present: Doctoral Researcher, University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu (2035Legitimacy project)
  • February 2023 - June 2023: Visiting Researcher, The Hertie School, Berlin
  • March 2020 - March 2021: Research Assistant, Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance, Glasgow
  • January 2018 - June 2019: Senior Solicitor, MacRoberts LLP, Glasgow
  • January 2016 - May 2017: Solicitor, Maclay Murray and Spens LLP, Glasgow
  • Procedural environmental rights
  • Democratic legitimacy of law
  • International climate change law

Publications prior to joining the RIFS

Journal Articles / Zeitungsartikel

  • Nicola Sharman, 'Objectives of Public Participation in International Environmental Decision-Making' (2023) 72.2 International and Comparative Law Quarterly 333-360.
  • Nicola Sharman, 'Inter-State Climate Technology Transfer under the UNFCCC: A Benefit-Sharing Approach' (2022) 31.3 Review of European, Comparative and International Environmental Law 435-446.

Blog Posts / Blogeintr├Ąge

  • Nicola Sharman, 'Functional or Democratic Public Participation? Establishing Distinct Processes in International Environmental Governance' (2035Legitimacy, 28 June 2023).
  • Nicola Sharman and Harro van Asselt, 'Taking Stock of the Stocktake: Reflections from the Bonn Technical Dialogue' (2035Legitimacy, 21 June 2022).
  • Nicola Sharman, 'Observer Participation in the Wake of COP26: the Role of Human Rights Law' (GNHRE, 30 November 2021).
  • Nicola Sharman, 'Just Transition in National Climate Law: Lessons from Scotland' (2035Legitimacy, 30 September 2021).
  • Nicola Sharman, 'Access to Justice in the EU Under the Aarhus Convention - More Than just a Legal Problem?' (2035Legitimacy, 23 June 2021).