Patrick Toussaint

Patrick Toussaint is a PhD researcher at the Center for Climate Change, Energy and Environmental Law at the Law School of the University of Eastern Finland. His PhD research focuses on climate justice, critical approaches to international climate law, particularly in the context of loss and damage from climate change. His thesis is supervised by Prof. Harro van Asselt and Prof. Kati Kulovesi and examines the reification of legal constructs under international climate law and its implications for realizing justice and equity under the UNFCCC regime.
Patrick is also a Research Associate at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam, Germany, where his research focuses on the drivers and obstacles for the effective implementation of the Paris Agreement. He holds a LL.M. in Environmental Law and Policy from University College London (UCL) and a MSc. in Environmental Technology and International Affairs from the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna and TU Vienna. Patrick has previously worked with the Division of Environmental Law and Conventions (DELC) of UNEP in Nairobi, the Division of Ocean Affairs and Law of the Sea (DOALOS) of the UN Office of Legal Affairs in New York, and in the field of renewable energy and development partnerships with the private sector with GIZ based in Nairobi.

Select Publications
Kraemer, R. A., Mutanga, S. S., Pophiwa, N., Fetzek, S., McGlade, K., Schraven, B., Cattaneo, C., Kathuria, R., Sagar, A., Toussaint, P., Khasru, S. M., Axworthy, L., Vaughan, S., Wilkinson, E., Chevallier, R. (2017) ‘Building Global Governance for 'Climate Refugees'’, G20 Insights Policy Briefs - Forced Migration.

Lode, Schönberger, Toussaint (2016) ‘Clean Air for All by 2030? Air Quality in the 2030 Agenda and in International Law’, Review of European, Comparative & International Environmental Law, 25(1), 27-38.

Toussaint, P. (2012) ‘Between a rock and a hard place: climate impacts, geoengineering and the precautionary principle’, Environmental Law and Management 24(5), 235-241.