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Education CV


Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, University of Cambridge


  • PhD in Law, Trinity College, University of Cambridge (2016-2019)
  • LLM (First Class Honours), Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge (2015-2016)
  • LLB (First Class Honours), University of Canterbury, New Zealand (2008-2012)
  • BSc in Physics, University of Canterbury, New Zealand (2008-2012)

Awards and Scholarships

  • Commonwealth Scholarship, 2016-2019
  • Whewell Scholarship for International Law, 2016
  • New Zealand Federation of Graduate Women Fellowship, 2016-2017
  • Honorary Bachelor Scholarship, Emmanuel College, 2016
  • Emmanuel College Prize, 2016

Professional Qualifications

  • Barrister and Solicitor, High Court of New Zealand (admitted 2013)

Previous Research Experience

  • Research Affiliate, Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) (2017 - 2019)
  • Headnoter, International Law Reports (2017 - present)
  • Research Assistant to Dr Sarah Nouwen, "Peacemaking - What's law got to do with it?", Lauterpacht Centre for International Law (2016-2017)
  • Research Assistant to Dr Julius Weitzdorfer and Prof Kristian Cedervall Lauta, "Fukushima and the Law" (2017-2018)

Professional Experience

  • Staff Writer, Earth Negotiations Bulletin, IISD (2017 - present)
  • Policy Intern, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) (Feb - July 2019)
  • Legal Intern, Climate Litigation Network, Urgenda (Sept 2018 - April 2019)
  • Co-Coordinator, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Future Generations (Oct 2017 - Jan 2019)
  • Legal Intern, Interamerican Association for Environmental Defence (AIDA), Mexico City office (Jun-Aug 2015)
  • Judges' Clerk, High Court of New Zealand (Jan 2013 - Nov 2014)
  • Summer Clerk, Parliamentary Counsel Office, New Zealand (Nov 2011 - Feb 2012)

Teaching Experience

  • Human Rights Law, undergraduate supervisions (2018-2019 academic year)
  • International Environmental Law, LLM Workshops (2018-2019 academic year)
  • EU Environmental Law, undergraduate supervisions (2016-2017 and 2017-2018 academic year)

Professional Service

  • Reviewer, Futures (2018)
  • Managing Editor, Cambridge International Law Journal (2016-2017), and General Editor (2015-2016)
  • Conference Assistant, OUP Handbook of Comparative Environmental Law Workshop, January 2017
  • Conference Assistant, 'Experiments in International Adjudication' Workshop, September 2017
  • Colloquium Convenor, Cambridge Pro Bono Project (2016-2017)
  • Secretary, Cambridge Pro Bono Project (2015-2016)
  • BA Society Women's Officer, Trinity College, Cambridge (2017-2018)
  • MCR Green Officer, Emmanuel College, Cambridge (2015-2016)

Fields of research

Public International Law, International Environmental Law, International Organisations, Law of Global Governance, Procedural Justice, Future Generations, Climate Change, Climate Justice, Fossil Fuel Supply, Just Transition, Existential Risk


Towards a Right of Peoples to Participation in Global Governance


The thesis develops an account of the right of peoples to participate in global governance affecting them. It starts by exploring at a conceptual level the principle of self-determination in international law and its associated rights, showing that the law of self-determination has evolved in a remedial and relational way to address situations of the dominance of peoples by states. The thesis outlines the rise of international organizations and global governance and the accompanying shift of regulatory authority from the national to the global level and demonstrates that the activities of international organizations can profoundly affect peoples’ rights and interests. On this basis, it argues that a new remedy is required: a right of peoples to participate in global governance activities affecting them, with correlative obligations held by states and international organizations. The thesis explores the scope and limitations of the proposed right.

The thesis shows that, doctrinally speaking, positive international law lends some, limited support to the existence of the proposed right, but that, ultimately, that a right of peoples to participate in global governance is not (yet) part of positive international law. The thesis draws on empirical research regarding the practice of international organizations and states to assess the extent to which the proposed right constrains the behaviour of international organizations and states acting through them, creating an extensive map of practice. It explores a myriad of instances of mechanisms, policies, and practices adopted by international organizations enabling peoples to be heard in processes affecting them, suggesting that there is an emerging standard of conduct corresponding to the proposed right and obligations.  It suggests that this practice is in part motivated by a belief that the participation of peoples in matters concerning them enables international organizations to more effectively carry out their functions and fulfil their mandates.


Prof Eyal Benvenisti (supervisor); Dr Sarah MH Nouwen (advisor)


Mattias Åhren and Surabhi Ranganathan

Representative Publications


Natalie Jones, ‘Safeguarding against Environmental Injustice: 1.5°C Scenarios, Negative Emissions, and Unintended Consequences’ (2018) 12 Carbon and Climate Law Review 23

Natalie Jones, Mark O'Brien and Thomas Ryan, ‘Representation of Future Generations in United Kingdom Policy-Making’ (2018) 102 Futures 153

Natalie Jones, 'Wind energy and adverse visual impact litigation: a balance of local and global interests' (2016) 6 Climate Law 336

Natalie Jones, 'Trade in a 2030 Agenda-era: Fossil fuel subsidies and the WTO' (2016) 5(6) Bridges Africa 20 - translated into French in 'Le commerce dans l’ère de l’Agenda 2030 : les subventions aux combustibles fossiles et l’OMC' (2016) 17(1) Passerelles and into Russian in 'Торговля в период до 2030 г.: субсидирование ископаемого топлива и ВТО' (2016) 9(3) МОСТЫ.

Natalie Jones, 'The application of global carbon budget principles to Buller Coal: a critique' (2015) 11 Brookers Resource Management Bulletin 18

Natalie Jones, 'Fluoridation of water in New Zealand: a raft of litigation' [2015] New Zealand Law Journal 10

Natalie Jones, 'Geoengineering: New Challenges for Environmental Law' (2013) 3 NZLSJ 113

Book chapters

Natalie Jones and Geert van Calster, 'Waste Regulation', in Emma Lees and Jorge E Viñuales (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Environmental Law (Oxford University Press, 2019)

Natalie Jones, 'The Quake Outcasts' and the 'Third Source' of Government Power: Lessons for Recovery', in Barnaby Bennett, James Dann, Emma Johnson, and Ryan Reynolds (eds), Once in a Lifetime: City-building after Disaster in Christchurch (Freerange Press, 2014)

Policy Reports

Jennifer Allan, Beate Antonich, Jennifer Bansard, Rishikesh Ram Bhandary, Pamela Chasek, Natalie Jones, Faye Leone, Stefan Jungcurt, Delia Paul, Asterios Tsioumani, and Elsa Tsioumani, The State of Global Environmental Governance 2019 (IISD, February 2020)

UNEP, SEI, IISD, ODI, Climate Analytics, and CICERO, The Production Gap Report 2019 (November 2019) (co-author of Chapter 5 and research contributor to Chapter 6)

Cleo Verkuijl, Natalie Jones and Michael Lazarus, 'Untapped ambition: addressing fossil fuel production through NDCs and LEDS' (Stockholm Environment Institute, June 2019)

Allan, Jennifer, Rishikesh Ram Bhandary, Alice Bisiaux, Pamela Chasek, Natalie Jones, Mari Luomi, Anna Schulz, Cleo Verkuijl and Bryndis Woods (eds), From Bali to Marrakech: A Decade of International Climate Negotiations (New York: IISD, 2017).

Conference Presentations

‘Operationalizing the Paris Agreement’s Implementation and Compliance Mechanism: Will It Promote Universality of Climate Action?’ (European Society of International Law Conference, International Environmental Law Interest Group Event, 13 September 2018)

'Voice and Participation in International Organizations: Rights of Peoples and Minorities’ (Cambridge International Law Journal Conference, 3-4 April 2018)

'Representation of Future Generations in United Kingdom Policy-Making' (UK Student Policy Forum, London, April 2017)

'Rights and Representation of Future Generations: Challenges for Existential Risk Governance' (Cambridge Conference on Catastrophic Risk, December 2016)


Start Date

Oct 2016

End date

Oct 2019