Dr. Lisa Benjamin
Assistant Professor of Law
Lewis & Clark Law School
Dr. Lisa Benjamin is an Assistant Professor at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland Oregon. She completed her PhD at the University of Leicester in 2017 and received the Doctoral Inaugural Lecture award for her PhD from the University of Leicester. In 2018 she was a postdoctoral Global Leaders Fellow at the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University, and 2019 she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University in Canada.
Lisa teaches International Climate Change Law, Energy Law and Environmental Justice. In 2018 she was a Visiting Professor at Penn State University teaching energy law and business associations. Prior to that, she was an Assistant Professor at the University of The Bahamas from 2008-2018 where she taught courses in environmental, trade, company, and intellectual property law. She also co-taught a climate change course for masters’ students at the University of Oxford.
Lisa’s research investigates the intersection of corporate, energy and environmental law with a focus on climate change and climate risk. She researches areas involving non-state actors including corporations and institutional investors, with a focus on energy corporations. Her doctoral studies focused on carbon major companies, corporate and energy law and climate change. Her research during her post-doctoral fellowships investigated developing countries and climate change, with an emphasis on energy policy, green industrial policymaking and trade as well as Anglo-American corporate and energy law. She also researches climate change from the perspective of developing countries, with a focus on small island developing states and loss and damage.
Prior to academia, she was in private practice for eight years, as an associate in the commercial department of CMS Cameron McKenna in London (now CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP).
She is a member of the Compliance Committee (Facilitative Branch) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change from 2014 to 2018 and 2019-2022 representing GRULAC states, and has been an adviser to, and member of, the Bahamian national delegation to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. She was a director of the Bahamas Protected Areas Fund from 2015 to 2018 and is a Director for Latin America and the Caribbean for the Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment, an Associate Director for Latin America and the Caribbean for Carbon & Climate Law Review and a fellow at the Platform on International Energy Governance.