Karen Morrow



Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law, Swansea University


Karen is a Professor of Environmental Law at the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law, Swansea University, in Wales. Her expertise lies in the theoretical and practical aspects of public participation in environmental law and policy and on gender and the environment. She earned her LLM (Public Law) from King’s College London and her LLB (hons) from the Queen's University Belfast. Over the years, her research has covered topics such as the governance challenges of the Anthropocene, climate change, the land-use planetary boundary, and issues around payment for ecosystem services.

At THE NEW INSTITUTE, Karen is involved in the program “Governing the Planetary Commons: A Focus on the Amazon”. She will be joining us in May 2024.

  • What gives you hope?
    The human capacity to imagine better and the drive to strive towards its realization.

  • How does change happen?
    Change can just happen, and we can passively accept the agglomeration of circumstance, or, more importantly, WE can consciously make change happen. It can, at its best, be informed, engaged, engaging, and, above all, positive.

  • What is human?
    Well, the idiom would say, “to err”, but that is only part of the story. We enjoy a (thus far) unique level of consciousness that also enables us to observe, learn, and strive to do right.


Towards an Ecofeminist Critique of International Law, in Vincent Chapaux, Frederic Megret and Usha Natarajan (eds), The Routledge Handbook of International Law and Anthropocentrism, 2023

The Anthropocene and Human Rights: A New Context and the Need to Revisit Collective Human Concerns”, in Peter D. Burdon and James Martel (eds), The Routledge Handbook of Law and the Anthropocene, 2023

“Land system change”, in Duncan French and Louis Kotze (eds), Research Handbook on Law, Governance and Planetary Boundaries, 2021

Tackling climate change and gender justice – integral; not optional, in Oñati Socio-Legal Series, 11(1), 2021

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