Dr Solis has been appointed as Senior Research Fellow at the well respected Manila Observatory in 2019. Prior to this, he was a member of the Australian legal academy as a Tenured Law Lecturer at the University of Adelaide Law School from 2015 to 2019. His award-winning PhD thesis (University Doctoral Research Medal) examines the merits and limits of the language of human needs compared to the language of human rights in the context of the challenge to enhancing universal access to modern energy services.
Before joining the University of Adelaide Law School, Dr Solis was extensively involved in institutional capacity, regulatory and policy development work in the Philippines involving the United Nations Development Programme, World Bank, and Australian Agency for International Development, among others. Also, he has published in the field of climate change, energy and environmental law and is an Associate Editor of the Asia-Pacific Journal of Environmental Law.
At the University of Adelaide Law School, Dr Solis was course coordinator for Climate Change Law and taught Property Law, Foundations of Law, Native Title Internship Programme and Perspectives on Property Law & Society. He was the Adelaide Law School’s Indigenous Student Liaison Officer from 2016-2019. While in this role, the support program for indigenous students received a commendation from an independent review of the Adelaide Law School in 2017. He was affiliated with the University of Adelaide’s Environment Institute and the Institute for Mineral and Energy Resources’ Centre for Energy Technology. Also, Dr Solis was a Visiting Faculty at the University of Sydney Law School in 2016 and 2018 teaching an intensive postgraduate course on Asia Pacific Environmental Law.
Dr Solis is one of only four individual finalists in the South Australia Climate Leaders Awards 2018 in recognition of his climate leadership, advocacy and work at the University of Adelaide. He served as the University of Adelaide’s Designated Contact Point to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). For four years in a row, he headed and was a member of the University of Adelaide’s delegation to the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP) since 2016, including COP 25 in Madrid, Spain in December 2019.