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Karen studied LL.B. Law at the University of Nottingham and decided to specialise in the area of public international law. She achieved her Masters in Public International law also at Nottingham. Karen joined the law school at Essex in 1997 as a Doctoral student and has particular interests in environmental law and the laws of war. Karen was awarded a doctorate in 2002 for her thesis on the protection of the environment in times of armed conflict. Her book entitled, ‘Worn Torn Environment: Interpreting the Legal Threshold’ won the American Society of International Law’s Francis Lieber Prize for 2004 for ‘outstanding scholarship in the field of the law of armed conflict’. She has taught on the following modules: public international law, international law of armed conflict, law of evidence, tort law, constitutional law, as well as human rights and the environment. Karen also teaches on the inter-disciplinary postgraduate MA/MSc degree in Environmental Governance: The Natural World, Science and Society.
Karen also the founded and directed the Essex Law Clinic for 6 years.
LL.B. Law, Nottingham, 1995
LL.M. Public International Law, Nottingham, 1996
PhD, Essex, 2002
Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice, Essex, 2006
international humanitarian law where it intersects with environmental protection
human rights and the environment, including governance issues surrounding climate change, adaptation and resilience
- Laws of armed conflict
- Environmental law
- Human rights and the environment
Module coordinator for LW316 The Law of Evidence
Module coordinator for LW218 and LW219 Public International Law
Module coordinator for LW925 Human Rights and the Environment
teaching on BS703 Economics and Law module on MSC/MA Environmental Governance: The Natural World, Science and Society.
Karen Hulme, War Torn Environment: Interpreting the Legal Threshold, Martinus Nijhoff, 2004
- "Taking care to protect the environment: A meaningless obligation?", (2010) 92 IRRC 879: 675-691.
- “The 2008 Cluster Munitions Convention: Stepping Outside the CCW Framework (Again)”, (2009) 58 ICLQ 1: 23-31.
- "Environmental Security: Implications for International Law", (2008) 19 YIEL 3-26.
- “Radiation Warfare: A Review of the Legality of Depleted Uranium Weaponry“, (2005) 43 Canadian Yearbook of International Law pp.197-296;
- “Of Questionable Legality: The Military Use of Cluster Bombs in Iraq, 2003“, (2004) 42 Canadian Yearbook of International Law pp.145-197
- “Armed Conflict and the Displaced“, (2005) 17, International Journal of Refugee Law, pp.91-116
- “Armed Conflict, Wanton Ecological Devastation and Scorched Earth Policies: How the 1990-91 Gulf Conflict Revealed the Inadequacies of the Current Laws to Ensure Effective Protection and Preservation of the Natural Environment”, (1997) 2 Journal of Armed Conflict Law
Edited Book Contributions
- Karen Hulme, 'International Environmental Law and Human Rights’, Sheeran and Rodley (eds), Routledge Handbook of International Human Rights Law (Routledge, 2013).
- Karen Hulme, 'Weapons', Henderson and White (eds), Research Handbook on International Conflict and Security Law: Jus Ad Bellum, Jus In Bello, And Jus Post Bellum (Edward Elgar, 2013).
- Karen Hulme, 'International Humanitarian Law', in Rayfuse and Scott, International Law in the Era of Climate Change (Edward Elgar, 2012).
- Karen Hulme, ‘Climate Change and Armed Conflict: Is It Time to Ecocentrise the Laws of War?’, in Quénivet and Shah-Davis, International Law and Armed Conflict: Challenges in the 21st Century (T.M.C. Asser Instituut, 2010), pp.142-160.
- Karen Hulme and David Ong, ‘The Challenge of Global Environmental Change for International Law: An Overview’, in Low, Global Change and Sustainable Development: Asia-Pacific Perspectives (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).
- Karen Hulme, ‘Environmental Protection in Armed Conflict’, in Malgosia and Ong, Research Handbook on International Environmental Law (Edward Elgar, 2010) 586-604.
- Karen Hulme, ‘Natural Environment’, in Wilmhurst and Breau, Perspectives on the ICRC Customary International Humanitarian Law Study (Cambridge University Press, 2007).
- November 2013, 'Current IHL provisions and Trends', Toxic Remnants of War Project, Manchester
- June 2012 ‘IHL standards for toxic remnants of war?’ Toxic Remnants of War Project, Berlin
- February 2012 ‘Environment and International Humanitarian Law’, Lund University, invited speaker.
- November 2011 ‘Taking Care to Protect the Environment against Damage: A Meaningless Obligation?’, invited speaker, T.M.C. Asser Institute, The Hague
- July 2010 ‘The Environment in Armed Conflict’, Program on Humanitarian Law and Policy Research at Harvard University, invited speaker (webinar)
- March 2010 ‘Protecting the Environment during Armed Conflict’, IUCN CEL Specialist Group Workshop, invited workshop speaker, Bonn
- March 2009 UNEP/ ICRC Expert Panel on the 30 year anniversary of the Additional Protocol provisions protecting the environment (Nairobi, Kenya).
- Sept 2008 “Human Rights and Climate Change: Human and National Security Concerns”, SLS Annual Conference (London).
- Sept 2008 "Climate Change and Armed Conflict: Is It Time to Ecocentrise the Laws of War”, Conference on the Challenges to the Laws of Armed Conflict (UWE).
- Feb 2008 “Do we need a human right to a healthy environment?”, Human Rights Centre Panel on Environment and Human Rights (Essex).
- March 2007 “Warfare and Climate Change”, Triangle Institute of Strategic and Security Studies, (North Carolina University, US).
- Nov 2003 “The Legality of the Attack on Iraq, 2003”, in the Essex Law Department.
- Oct 2003 Invited to give two papers, “International Law and Politics Since September 11 and Case Study: The Iraq Crisis and Beyond – The Future Role of the United Nations”, for the MA in International Politics at the University of Brussels.
- Sept 2003 “The Legality of the Use of Cluster Weapons in Iraq”, Annual Conference of the Society of Legal Scholars (Oxford).