Virginie Barral

Staff details

Position Lecturer
Department Law
Email V.Barral (@gold.ac.uk)
Virginie Barral

Dr Virginie Barral specialises in international law and holds a Ph.D from the European University Institute (Florence), and postgraduate degrees from University College London and Université Paris 2 Panthéon Assas.

Before joining Goldsmiths she was an Associate Professor and Associate Dean Research at Hertfordshire Law School. She has previously taught at Université Paris 5. Prior to this she has worked for the French Commission for Sustainable Development and as a legal expert in the Paris office of Eversheds LLP.

She is a member of the European Society of International Law, the Société Française pour le droit international and the Society of Legal Scholars, and is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Teaching

Virginie has extensive experience teaching international law, human rights, EU Law, public law and international environmental law. Her teaching combines theoretical grounding with innovative teaching skills and she is keen on placing current legal questions within their wider political and social contexts. Virginie has been an invited Professor at Chuo University (Tokyo) and a research scholar at Michigan Law School.

Public engagement

Virginie regularly disseminates the results of her research at international conferences and colloquia. She did so most recently at the Sorbonne at a Conference opened by the COP21 president on the Global Pact for the Environment discussed by the UN General Assembly (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttR26UvUqbw).

In the last few years she has presented her work in e.g. Leiden, Tokyo, Kyoto, Geneva, the SLS, ESIL and the SFDI and in a symposium jointly organised by the French and Quebec Ministries for culture, on culture and sustainable development.

Featured publications

  • (with M. Fitzmaurice), “The relationship between the law of international watercourses and sustainable development”, in Research Handbook on International Environmental Law, M. Fitzmaurice, P. Merkouris, & M. Brus, (eds.), Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing (Forthcoming 2019)
  • “Common but Differentiated Responsibilities and Justice, Broadening the Notion of Responsibility in International Law”, in Responsibility in World Politics, Hansen-Magnusson and Vetterlein (eds), Cambridge: CUP (forthcoming 2019) 
  • (with P.-M. Dupuy), “Sustainable Development and Integration”, in A Global Pact for the Environment - Legal Foundations, Aguila and Viñuales (eds) C-EENRG Report 2019-1, January 2019
  •  “Towards Judicial Coordination for Good Water Governance?”, International and Comparative Law Quarterly, Vol. 67, n4, 2018 pp. 931–959
  •  “National Sovereignty over Natural Resources, Environmental Challenges and Sustainable Development”, in Research Handbook on International Law and Natural Resources, Morgera and Kulovesi (eds), London, Edward Elgar, 2016, pp. 3-25
  • Le développement durable en droit international: Essai sur les incidences juridiques d’une norme évolutive, Bruylant, Bruxelles, 2015, 500p (reviewed in The Canadian Yearbook of International Law Vol. 53 [2015], 643-651; Journal des tribunaux, Vol. 2016, No. 26, p. 459)
  •  “Sustainable Development in International Law: Nature and Operation of an Evolutive Legal Norm”, European Journal of International Law, 2012, 23, 377-400

Research Interests

Virginie has significant research expertise in international environmental law and is widely published in the field, with work in leading journals including a 2018 article at the International and Comparative Law Quarterly, where she explores how the right to water is consolidated in its procedural dimension, and a 2012 article in the European Journal on International Law, on sustainable development.

Her 2015 monograph (Bruylant) explores the legal nature and implications of sustainable development in international law. Virginie is interested in issues of equity, sovereignty, natural resources, climate change and climate justice, and the relationship between culture and the environment.

Her latest projects focus on environmental peacebuilding; climate justice, culture and human rights; and the role of community-based resource management.  

Publications

Book

Barral, Virginie. 2016. Le développement durable en droit international: Essai sur les incidences juridiques d’une norme évolutive. Brussels: Bruylant. ISBN 9782802752066

Book Section

Barral, Virginie. 2019. Transports et droit international de l'environnement: en quête d'une approche intégrée? In: Saïda El Boudouhi, ed. Les transports au prisme du droit international public. Paris: Editions A. Pedone, pp. 123-138. ISBN 9782223009111

Barral, Virginie and Fitzmaurice, Malgosia. 2019. The relationship between the law of international watercourses and sustainable development. In: M Fitzmaurice; P Merkouris and M Brus, eds. Research Handbook on International Environmental Law. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Barral, Virginie. 2019. Common but Differentiated Responsibilities and Justice, Broadening the Notion of Responsibility in International Law. In: H Hansen-Magnusson and A Vetterlein, eds. Responsibility in World Politics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Barral, Virginie. 2018. The Principle of Sustainable Development. In: Ludwig Krämer and Emanuela Orlando, eds. Principles of Environmental Law. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 103-114. ISBN 9781785365652

Barral, Virginie. 2017. Sustainable development and equity in biodiversity conservation. In: Elisa Morgera and Jona Razzaque, eds. Biodiversity and Nature Protection Law. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 59-69. ISBN 9781783474240

Barral, Virginie. 2016. National sovereignty over natural resources: Environmental challenges and sustainable development. In: Elisa Morgera and Kati Kulovesi, eds. Research Handbook on International Law and Natural Resources. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 3-25. ISBN 9781783478323

Barral, Virginie. 2015. Retour sur la fonction du développement durable en droit international: de l’outil herméneutique à l’obligation de s’efforcer de parvenir au développement durable. In: Société Française pour le Droit International, ed. Droit international et développement. Paris: Editions A. Pedone, pp. 411-426. ISBN 9782233007469

Barral, Virginie and Dupuy, Pierre-Marie. 2015. Principle 4: Sustainable Development through Integration. In: Jorge E. Viñuales, ed. The Rio Declaration on Environment and Development: A Commentary. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 157-180. ISBN 9780199686773

Barral, Virginie. 2009. Le rayonnement intra-systémique du concept de développement durable. In: Hélène Ruiz Fabri and Lorenzo Gradoni, eds. Emergence et circulation des concepts juridiques en droit international de l’environnement : entre mondialisation et fragmentation. Paris: LGDJ, pp. 371-396.

Barral, Virginie. 2009. L’affaire du Chemin de fer du Rhin de fer, entre fragmentation et unité du droit international. In: Hélène Ruiz Fabri and Lorenzo Gradoni, eds. Emergence et circulation des concepts juridiques en droit international de l’environnement : entre mondialisation et fragmentation. Paris: LGDJ, pp. 347-368.

Article

Barral, Virginie. 2019. Sustainable Development's Function as an International Legal Norm: From Interpretation to Obligation of Means. Comparative Law Review, LIII(1), pp. 25-46. ISSN 0010-4116

Barral, Virginie. 2018. Towards Judicial Coordination for Good Water Governance? International and Comparative Law Quarterly, 67(4), pp. 931-959. ISSN 0020-5893

Barral, Virginie. 2012. Sustainable Development in International Law: Nature and Operation of an Evolutive Legal Norm. European Journal of International Law, 23(2), pp. 377-400. ISSN 0938-5428

Barral, Virginie. 2006. La sentence du Rhin de fer, une nouvelle étape dans la prise en compte du droit de l’environnement par la justice internationale. Revue Générale de Droit International Public, 110(3), pp. 649-668. ISSN 0373-6156

Barral, Virginie. 2003. Johannesburg 2002: Quoi de neuf pour le développement durable? Revue Générale de Droit International Public, 107(2), pp. 415-432. ISSN 0373-6156

Martor, Boris and Barral, Virginie. 2001. French Merger Regulation Regime. European Competition Law Review, 22(3), pp. 110-113. ISSN 0144-3054

Report

Barral, Virginie and Dupuy, Pierre-Marie. 2019. Sustainable Development and Integration. Project Report. Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (C-EENRG), Cambridge.