Omuko-Jung, Lydia A

Research Fellow, Institute of Public Law and Political Science at University of Graz

Lydia is a legal practitioner and researcher specialising in climate change law with experience in litigation, research and climate policy formulation. She currently works as a Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Law and Political Science at the University of Graz in Austria, where she is also part of ClimLaw: Graz – a research centre for Climate Law. She is also a doctoral student within the Doctoral Programme Climate Change at the same University. Her current research focusses on two main areas: Climate Change Litigation and Legal Aspects of Consumption-based Instruments for Climate Change Mitigation. She is also engaged as the national rapporteur for Kenya in the Strathclyde Centre of Environmental Law and Governance (SCELG) Climate Change Litigation Initiative (C2LI).

Previously, Lydia worked as a Litigation Associate in a private law firm in Nairobi where she represented government and non-government entities in national and regional courts within East Africa on constitutional law, judicial review and environmental law cases. She also consulted for sub-national governments in Kenya on mainstreaming climate change considerations into sectoral legislations and policies. Between 2014 and 2016, she led a consultancy in developing the first sustainable energy policies and action plans for subnational governments in Kenya.

She is currently writing her doctoral thesis on Legal Aspects of Consumption-based Instruments for Climate Change Mitigation. Lydia holds an LL.M in Climate Change Law and Policy (with distinction) from University of Strathclyde, a Post-graduate Diploma in Law from Kenya School of Law and an LL.B (Hons) from Moi University in Kenya.

In 2015, she was awarded the Colin Donald Environmental Law Award for her research work on subnational climate governance in Kenya. Lydia has published in journals and chapters in books, and some of her recent work includes articles on Possibilities and Potentiality of Climate Litigation in Kenya (Springer, 2020), Rights-basis for Climate Compensatory Claims in Kenya (upcoming) and Applying the Precautionary Principle to Address the “Proof Problem” in Climate Change Litigation ((2016) 21 Tilburg Law Review 52).