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School of Law

Ms Feja Lesniewska


Feja Lesniewska
School of Law

Senior Teaching Fellow

Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD)


Law, Environment and Development Centre (LEDC)


Ms Feja Lesniewska
Email address:
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Russell Square: College Buildings
Office No:
Law - 226, CISD - 4433
Office Hours:
By appointment


Environmental law, forests, climate change

Currently Feja is finalising her PhD on International Law and Forests. She holds an MA in International Legal Studies (Distinction) from SOAS and MSC in Human Ecology from the University of Edinburgh. Feja was research lead for the Forest and Climate Change Programme at ClientEarth, an environmental law organisation, specialising in Central and Western Africa between October 2010-May 2013.

PhD Research

Final year PhD student – International Law and Forests: Norms, Values and Actors – A View From China.

PhD Publications

  • FLEGT VPAs: Laying a Pathway to Sustainability via Legality Lessons from Ghana and Indonesia, Forest Policy and Economics Journal (forthcoming) – co-authored with Dr. Constance McDermott (Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford).
  • UNFCCC REDD+ COP Decisions: The Cumulative Effect on Forest Related Law Processes, International Community Law Review Vol. 15, No. 1, (2013).
  • ‘Filling the Holes, The Montreal Protocol’s Non-Compliance Mechanism’ in M. Fitzmaurice, D. Ong and P. Merkouris (eds), Research Handbook on International Environmental Law, Edward Elgar (2010), pp471-493.
  • ‘REDD: The Copenhagen Effect’, Law, Environment and Development Journal, 6/1 (2010) pp102- 116.


Courses Taught

Since 2006 Feja has taught on and convened a number of LLM environmental law courses at SOAS, Kings College and Queen Mary University including international environmental law; climate change law and policy; environment, law and development; and law and natural resources.

Feja tutors on Global Energy and Climate Policy.


Natural resources, especially land and forests; climate change; ecosystems and biodiversity; human, community and indigenous peoples rights; international law and the environment; socio-legal theory; and non-state actors and law making.

Locations of Research: International; Europe; Russia; China; Central and West Africa