BENDEL, Justine

Postdoctoral Fellow

International Law and European Union Law

Academic Career

Justine Bendel joined the Diplomatische Akademie Wien - Vienna School of International Studies as a postdoctoral fellow in international law in September 2019. Prior to that, she was lecturer at the University of Sheffield, and visiting lecturer at City University of London and the University of Edinburgh. She completed her PhD at the School of Law of the University of Edinburgh in 2017. Aside from her academic work, she has also collaborated with the environmental NGO ClientEarth in London and worked for the UN Office of Legal Affairs in New York.

Research Interests

At the Academy, she is undertaking a project entitled “Multi-level Environmental Protection – A Law in Context Approach”. This project explores the question of the adaptation of the international legal system to environmental protection and examines in more details how the shifts towards a potentially more inclusive system are conducted. She is also interested in other intersections between procedural and substantive legal developments, a key development in international environmental law. She is currently preparing her monograph under contract with E. Elgar Publishers, which focuses on how international courts and tribunals can adapt to environmental disputes. She has also published on specific judicial procedures and developments in international environmental law.


She has taught various modules in public international law and international environmental law, at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, at the University of Sheffield, City University London and the University of Edinburgh. She has also supervised undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations.