PEAK Staff Profile

Isabelle Giraudou, LL.M., LL.D. (Paris II University)
Associate Professor – Environmental Sciences

Contact : giraudou[at]


Isabelle Giraudou Isabelle joined PEAK in 2017 and is affiliated to the Organization for Programs on Environmental Sciences. After a doctorate in International Law (with a focus on Disaster Law) and a post-doctorate in Comparative Environmental Law (University of Tokyo, Graduate School for Law and Politics, 2000-2001), she taught at Niigata University (2001-2004), Tohoku University (2004-2008), and Nagoya University (2012-2016). Between 2008 and 2012, she was researcher at the French Research Institute on Japan (Maison franco-japonaise, Tokyo) established by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and associated with the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). Environmental legal studies and contemporary legal thought are her main teaching areas. Her particular research focus is skills education in the field of environmental law and policy.
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Research Interests

Isabelle’s main research interests are :
1) Theory and practice of interdisciplinarity in the environmental field of knowledge :
・ Environmental law education and the Anthropocene as a ‘boundary object', with a focus on the development of integrated syllabi and innovative teaching methods at the interface of Environmental Sciences and HSS ;  
・ Climate Change Law scholarship and epistemologies of knowledge about global environmental change ;
・ Environmental legal expertise and Disaster STS (as an emergent subfield of Science, Technology and Society). 
2) Contemporary legal thought, with a focus on Global Legal Studies and Critical Environmental Law

Her current research project examines how the ‘Anthropocene’ scientific proposal and its competing narratives are progressively permeating environmental legal studies. Focusing on East Asia, and addressing complementary fields of inquiry (global environmental governance, climate change law, biological diversity and law, disaster STS, biotechnologies regulation and sustainable development), this research explores the possibility to develop cross-disciplinary environmental education [ Kakenhi / JSPS grant-in-aid for scientific research: Challenging Exploratory Research, New Fields of Law, 2016-2019 ].

Final report

Selected Publications

Co-edited volume
- P. Bloch, N. Kanayama, I. Giraudou, Le droit des affaires au Japon, Brussels: Larcier, 2019.

Selected articles / chapters in book
- “Le droit de l’environnement applicable aux entreprises”, in P. Bloch, N. Kanayama, I. Giraudou, Le droit des affaires au Japon, Brussels: Larcier, 2019, 187-235.
- “Shouldn’t We Expect More From Case-Based Learning? The Transformative Potential of Multidisciplinary Frameworks in Sustainability Education”, with T. Lennerfors, J. Woodward, Transformative Dialogues : Teaching and Learning, Special Issue : Transformative Global Partnerships, Vol. 11, Issue 3 (2018), published online.
- “Quelle formation pour quels juristes? La question des compétences visées par les nouvelles pratiques de formation juridique au Japon”, Ebisu - Études japonaises, n°55 (2018): 201-230.
- “What is it that we do when we say we teach law? Globalisation de l'enseignement du droit et pratiques de formation par cas au Japon”, in P. Ancel, L. Heuschling (dir.), La transnationalisation de l'enseignement du droit, Brussels: Larcier, 2016. 216-239.
- “Comparative Study of Law: Entre didactique juridique et théorie élémentaire du droit global”, Revue Interdisciplinaire d'Études Juridiques, vol. 72, n°1 (2014): 51-72.
- “Le Japon : une ‘figure du droit comparé’ ?”, in P. Brunet, K. Hasegawa, H. Yamamoto (dir.), Rencontre franco-japonaise autour des transferts de concepts juridiques, Paris: Mare & Martin, 2014. 9-22.
- “L’hybridation du droit: un modèle en question – Réforme du droit japonais des sociétés, Principes communs d’un droit asiatique des contrats, et coopération juridique en Asie”, in B. Jaluzot (dir.), Droit japonais, droit français: quel dialogue?, Geneva: Schulthess, 2014. 259-273.
- “Le droit japonais comme traduction”, Ebisu - Études japonaises, n°46 (2011): 111-144.
- 遺伝子組換え作物をめぐる緊急避難と事前予防原則 (Genetically Modified Organisms and the Precautionary Principle), The Journal of Law and Political Science, Tohoku University, vol. 73, n°3 (2009): 446-466. (in Japanese)
- 環境法の憲法化ーフランスの特殊性の可能性と限界 (The Constitutionalization of the Right to Environment in France: Perspectives and Limits), Hôgaku Shirin Hosei University Journal of Law, vol.106, n°1 (2008): 1-54. (in Japanese)