Julie Foulon

Thesis Title:

Institutional and Procedural Challenges of Reflexive Governance for Environmental Protection: Case studies of Ireland and France.


Professor Suzanne Kingston


Traditional governance and policy instruments such as “command-and-control” policy instruments have shown their limits in the field of environmental protection. As a solution, learning-based governance seeks to move beyond the current impasse in regulatory governance. The contribution of reflexive governance to deal with environmental issues and to foster environmental protection has been analysed theoretically. If reflexive governance processes are to meet some of the challenges of contemporary environmental regulation, it is important to identify examples of successful reflexive governance, as well as to analyse and understand the institutional conditions under which they might emerge and be efficient in supporting the development of environmental regulatory capacity.

Nevertheless, very few empirical studies were conducted in this field. The purpose of this research is to document the literature on public participation in order to identify factors/conditions fostering and/or hindering reflexivity in participatory procedures. This research provides empirical insights into these questions.



Currently PhD candidate in Environmental Law and Governance at UCD Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin (Dublin, Ireland);

Legal Researcher, European Research Council-funded project ‘Effective Nature Laws (2015–2020)’ http://effectivenaturelaws.ucd.ie/research/;

Lecturer in Environmental Law & Policy, UCD School of Law (2019-2020);

Bluebook trainee at the European Commission, DG ENV (2018-2019);

Lecturer in French Civil Law, BCL Programme of the UCD School of Law (2016 to 2018);

Graduated with an LL.M. in European Law from the College of Europe (2014-2015), defending a thesis within the framework of the European Environmental seminar;

Legal intern in EGIS Environnement consultancy in 2013/2014;

Graduated with a Master’s degree in International and European Environmental Law at CERIC Institute (Aix-en-Provence, France) in 2013.

Presentations and/or Publications:


Constitutional Law in France (International Encyclopaedia of Laws), co-author, Wolters Kluwer, May 2019, Paperback;

Constitutional Law France, co-author, UCD Working Papers in Law, Criminology & Socio-Legal Studies Research Paper No. 10/201.

Reviewer for Review of European, Comparative & International Environmental Law.


 “New Regime of Compensation of Ecological Harm in French Civil Law”, Environmental Law and Governance PhD Symposium, Cork, 2017;

“Re-nationalisation of GMO policy in the EU: Analysis of the compatibility of the reforms with the internal market and WTO”, Environmental Law and Governance PhD Symposium, Cork, 2016.