Kerryn Brent

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Kerryn Brent


Room 2.21, Faculty of Law, Sandy Bay Campus

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Thesis Research

The Role of the No-Harm Rule in Governing Solar Radiation Management Geoengineering

Solar radiation management (SRM) is a class of geoengineering technologies that are being proposed by some scientists as an alternative response to anthropogenic climate change. Proposed SRM technologies pose significant risks of transboundary harm to the environment of other states and to the atmosphere. SRM is not governed by a specific international agreement. This thesis examines how the customary international law duty to prevent transboundary harm and harm to the global commons (the 'no-harm' rule) might respond to these risks and contribute to the international governance of SRM. This thesis uses legal doctrinal analysis to examine the content of the no-harm rule and how it might be interpreted to apply to SRM. It also draws on the legal theory of Jutta Brunnée and Stephen J Toope called 'interactional international law' to assess the potential of the no-harm rule to promote voluntary compliance from states. From this analysis, this thesis will recommend how the no-harm rule can be developed in order to better respond to the future risks of SRM.


2010 Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Law (Hons First Class), University of Newcastle
2011 Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, College of Law
2011 Admitted as a solicitor to the Supreme Court of New South Wales

Research Interests

Public international law and international environmental law.

Fields of Research

  • Environmental and Natural Resources Law (180111)
  • Climate Change Processes (040104)
  • Chemical Oceanography (040502)
  • Environmental Politics (160605)
  • Law and Society (180119)

Research Objectives

  • Climate Change Mitigation Strategies (960302)
  • Climate and Climate Change (960399)
  • Physical and Chemical Conditions of Water in Marine Environments (961104)
  • Climate Change Adaptation Measures (960301)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Law and Legal Studies (970118)


Total publications


Journal Article

(6 outputs)
2017Brent KA, 'The Certain Activities case: what implications for the no-harm rule?', Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law, 20 pp. 28-56. ISSN 1385-2140 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.4337/apjel.2017.01.02 [eCite] [Details]


2017McGee JS, Brent KA, Burns W, 'Geoengineering the oceans: an emerging frontier in international climate change governance', Australian Journal of Maritime and Ocean Affairs pp. 1-14. ISSN 1836-6503 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/18366503.2017.1400899 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: McGee JS


2015Brent K, McGee J, McDonald J, 'The Governance of Geoengineering: An Emerging Challenge for International and Domestic Legal Systems?', Journal of Law, Information and Science, 24, (1) pp. EAP 1-33. ISSN 0729-1485 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: McGee J; McDonald J


2015Brent KA, McGee J, Maguire A, 'Does the 'No-Harm'Rule' Have a Role in Preventing Transboundary Harm and Harm to the Global Atmospheric Commons from Geoengineering?', Climate Law, 5, (1) pp. 35-63. ISSN 1878-6553 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1163/18786561-00501007 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2

Co-authors: McGee J


2015Moore N, Benmazhar H, Brent K, Du H, Iese V, et al., 'Climate engineering: early reflections on a complex conversation', Climate Law, 5, (2-4) pp. 295-301. ISSN 1878-6561 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1163/18786561-00504007 [eCite] [Details]


2012Brent KA, McGee J, 'The regulation of geoengineering: A gathering storm for international climate change policy?', Air Quality and Climate Change, 46, (4) pp. 22-27. ISSN 1836-5884 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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Chapter in Book

(1 outputs)
2017Brent K, McGee J, McDonald Jan, 'Negative Emissions and Geoengineering Technologies: An Emerging Challenge for International and Domestic Legal Systems', O Estado Regulador no Cenario Ambiental, Instituto Planeta Verde, AA de Carli, E Aydos, and PCS Avzaradel (ed), Sao Paulo, pp. 406-466. ISBN 978-85-63522-42-9 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]

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Co-authors: McGee J; McDonald Jan



(1 outputs)
2016Bowie AR, Jabour J, Trull TW, McLachlan K, Boyd PW, et al., 'Position analysis: ocean fertilisation' pp. 1-32. ISSN 1835-7911 (2016) [Substantial Review]

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Co-authors: Bowie AR; Jabour J; Trull TW; Boyd PW; Press T; Lannuzel D; McGee J

Other Public Output

(1 outputs)
2016Bowie AR, Jabour J, Trull TW, McLachlan K, Boyd PW, et al., 'Position Analysis: Ocean Fertilisation', The Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre, Hobart, Tasmania, ISSN: 1835-7911 (2016) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Bowie AR; Jabour J; Trull TW; Boyd PW; Press T; Lannuzel D; McGee JS

Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



Regulating Plan B: Developing Legal Frameworks for Multiscale Governance of Geoengineering (2017)$7,793
This project scopes research designs for investigating what integrated, multiscale legal and/or governance regime for geoengineering technologies are required for Australia and how this governance regime will interact with transnational and international governance of geoengineering.
University of Tasmania ($7,793)
Grant-CAL Hothouse Research Enhancement Program
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
McGee JS; McDonald J; Gogarty B; Brent KA