Nina Araneta-Alana

PhD Candidate

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Nina Araneta-Alana is a Ph.D. candidate at Melbourne Law School, and a member of the Institute for International Law and the Humanities. Her research interests are in climate change, international finance, international law and development. Prior to joining Melbourne Law School, she worked as a consultant for the Asian Development Bank, taught environmental law at the Far Eastern University Institute of Law and worked extensively on cross-border transactions. She currently acts as legal director for 2KK Tulong sa Kapwa Kapatid, an education-focused non-profit foundation in the Philippines.

Nina holds a Juris Doctor from the Ateneo de Manila University (Philippines) and a Master of Laws from Melbourne Law School.

Thesis Title

International Climate Finance and the Philippine Climate Change Response: A Legal and Critical Analysis of Rules, Institutions and Structures

Thesis Summary

The project seeks to understand how international climate finance contributes to shaping Philippine responses to climate change. It provides an historical and doctrinal account of the Philippine state response to climate change and of ‘climate finance’ as an emerging international legal regime. The thesis draws attention to the ways in which multilateral development institutions, as actors of the climate finance regime, have been able to generate knowledge, and establish and stabilise particular kinds of norms in contested and plural spaces. The thesis analyses, legally and critically, how the international climate finance regime is translated into the national context of the Philippines. It explores how the operation and translation of international climate finance interact with existing legal and political-economic power structures, many inherited from the Philippine’s colonial past. Multilateral development institutions, as actors of the international climate finance regime, have also become central to the ‘translation’ of climate finance from the international to the local sphere. From a broader perspective, the thesis aims to make a contribution to understandings of the way that international and state institutions interact to shape responses to climate change of nation-states in the Global South.


  • International Law
  • Law and Development
  • International Environmental Law and Climate Change
  • International Finance
  • Sustainability
  • Disaster Response and Management
  • Integrity, Corruption and Money Laundering