SOAS University of London

School of Law

Dr Feja Lesniewska

MA(Hons) Edinburgh, MSc (Edinburgh), MA (London), PhD (London)
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Feja Lesniewska
School of Law

Senior Teaching Fellow

Law, Environment and Development Centre (LEDC)

Co-founder and Member

Dr Feja Lesniewska
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Dr Feja Lesniewska is a Senior Teaching Fellow for the Centre of International Studies and Diplomacy part of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies. Feja is also a Honorary Research Fellow at the Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP) department at University College London.  

Feja obtained her PhD in international law-making processes in relation to forests at the School of Law, SOAS. Her research included fieldwork in China. Feja has also conducted research fieldwork in West Africa, East Asia and Russia on a range of forest related issues including the illegal timber trade, community tenure rights and climate change including REDD+. She has been a consultant to leading environmental NGOs on forest related law and policy including ClientEarth, the Institute for International Environment and Development and Forest Peoples Programme.

Most recently Feja has conducted research exploring the intersection between digital technologies and environmental law. She was a Research Fellow at STEaPP between March 2018-December 2019 with the PETRAS programme focusing on international governance, security of critical infrastructure, especially food supply chains and ports, and the Internet of Things (IoT). Feja also lectures at UCL on environmental governance, climate change and international commodity trade law.

Feja co-founded the Law Environment and Development Centre at SOAS with Professor Philippe Cullet and is a member of the Centre’s Journal, Law Environment and Development (LEAD) Editorial Board.



Climate change and energy law, sustainable development, ecosystems law and governance (forests, land, water), disruptive technologies (AI, IoT, blockchain and cloud computing) and environmental law, human rights.



Bhullar, Lovleen and Cullet, Philippe and Lesniewska, Feja and Ohdedar, Birsha (2019) 'Introduction - Designing Law and Policy Towards Managing Plastics in a Circular Economy'. Law, Environment and Development Journal, (15) 2, pp 89-92.

Leal-Arcas, Rafael and Lesniewska, Feja and Proedrou, Filippos (2018) 'Prosumers: New Actors in EU Energy Security'. Netherlands Yearbook of International Law, (48), pp 139-172.

Leal-Arcas, Rafael and Lesniewska, Feja and Proedrou, Filippos (2017) 'Smart Grids in the European Union: Assessing Energy Security, Regulation & Social and Ethical Considerations'. Columbia Journal of European Law, (24) 2, pp 291-389.

Lesniewska, Feja and McDermott, Constance L. (2014) 'FLEGT VPAs: Laying a pathway to sustainability via legality lessons from Ghana and Indonesia'. Forest Policy and Economics, (48) November, pp 16-23.

Lesniewska, Feja (2013) 'UNFCCC REDD+ COP Decisions: The Cumulative Effect on Forest Related Law Processes'. International Community Law Review, (15) 1, pp 103-121.

Lesniewska, Feja (2010) 'REDD: The Copenhagen Effect Law'. Law, Environment and Development Journal, (6) 1, pp 102-116.

Book Chapters

Lesniewska, Feja (2017) 'Renewable Energy, Waste Management and the Circular Economy in the EU: Solar PV and Wind Power'. In: Leal-Arcas, Rafael and Monnet, Jean and Wouters, Jan, (eds.), Research Handbook on EU Energy Law and Policy. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Lesniewska, Feja (2017) 'Modern Biofuels: The Road to Integrated Sustainability'. In: Alam, Shawkat and Bhuiyan, Jahid Hossain and Razzaque, Jona, (eds.), International Natural Resources Law, Investment and Sustainability. Abingdon; New York: Routledge.

Lesniewska, Feja (2016) 'Forests: Learning from our Interventions'. In: Morgera, Elisa and Kulovesi, Kati, (eds.), Research Handbook on International Law and Natural Resources. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Lesniewska, Feja (2015) 'UNFCCC Conference of the Parties: The Key International Forest Law-Makers for Better or for Worse'. In: Fitzmaurice, Malgosia and French, Duncan, (eds.), International Environmental Law and Governance. Leiden: Brill Nijhoff, pp 116-142.

Lesniewska, Feja (2010) 'Filling the Holes, The Montreal Protocol’s Non-Compliance Mechanism'. In: Fitzmaurice, Malgosia and Ong, David M. and Merkouris, Panos, (eds.), Research Handbook on International Environmental Law. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp 471-493.

Lesniewska, Feja (2005) 'Revolution or evolution: Law, ethics and the definition of sustainable forest management in the European Union'. In: Erkkila, Antti and Heinonen, Oesten and Pelkonen, Paavo and Saastamoinen, Olli, (eds.), European Forests and Beyond, An Ethical Discourse. Joensuu, Finland: University of Joensuu, Finland, pp 229-245.

Conference Items

Lesniewska, Feja (2015) 'Planting Seeds of Discontent: Environmental Justice Issues Arising from International, Foreign and Domestic Forest Carbon Trading Initiatives in China' In: Financialisation of Nature, 19-20 Mar 2015. [Unpublished]

Book Reviews

Lesniewska, Feja (2022) 'Review of: ‘Innovation and Experimentation in the International Climate Change Regime’, written by Lavanya Rajamani'. Yearbook of International Disaster Law Online, (3) 1, pp 656-662.

Lesniewska, Feja (2013) 'Review of: Human Rights and Environmental Sustainability by Kerri Woods, Edward Elgar, 2010.'. Journal of Environmental Law, (25) 2, pp 333-336.


Lesniewska, Feja and Pritchard, Janet and Lomax, Tom and Ozinga, Saskia and Morel, Cynthia (2013) 'Securing Community Land and Resource Rights in Africa: A Guide to Legal Reform and Best Practices'.

Lesniewska, Feja and Pritchard, Janet (2011) 'Navigating through Complex Legal Landscapes: A Legal Compass for VPAs'.

Lesniewska, Feja (2008) 'Transition in The Taiga: The Russian Forest Code 2006 and the Implementation Process'.

Lesniewska, Feja (2005) 'Laws for Forests, An introductory guide to international forest and forest related legal materials that shape forest ethics and practice' International Institute for Environment and Development..


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