Climate Law and Governance Day

Introducing Climate Law and Governance Day


With leading climate law and governance experts joining over 15,000 delegates for the UNFCCC CoP23 in Bonn, Germany from 6 to 17 November 2017, a unique opportunity is presented to unlock the knowledge of the climate law and governance community, share best practices and build capacity.

The third annual Climate Law and Governance Day (CLGD) will took place in parallel to COP23 on 10 November 2017 in Bonn to facilitate dialogue between diverse sets of stakeholders, government representatives and the academic legal community. It welcomed a 270 strong audience and almost 100 expert speakers, building on the success of the inaugural CLGD 2015, which took place alongside COP21 with an audience of 60 key jurists, policy and law makers, academics, and civil society representatives, and CLGD 2016, which drew an audience of over 260 government delegates, law and policy practitioners, academics, and students, and reached a network of over 50,000 in its follow up and associated social media activities.

How CLGD 2017 Engaged Delegates & Experts

  • Sharing knowledge, research and experiences
  • Networking and finding opportunities for research collaborations
  • Learning about on-going research and initiatives in the field
  • Benefiting from cross-pollination amongst other legal fields and jurisdictions
  • Inspiration by innovative uses of legal and institutional tools to advance climate action




Climate Law and Governance Day 2017

Friday 10 November, 2017, 09:00 – 18:00
University Forum, Heussallee 18-24, 53113 Bonn, Germany

Over a full day of dialogue, keynotes, and parallel roundtable/panel sessions, CLGD 2017:

  • Profiled and shared innovative international, national, and local climate law and governance mechanisms, challenges and best practices.
  • Tested how legal tools and institutional reforms can assist in implementing and increasing ambition in NDCs to inform the 2018 facilitative dialogue.
  • Catalysed knowledge exchange between delegates, legal practitioners and the legal academic community to co-generate new law and governance knowledge and approaches.
  • Facilitated collaboration and a law and governance community of practice to support capacity development to implement the Paris Agreement, the Paris Rulebook and COP22 outcomes, and SDG 13.


If you have any further questions about the event or registration you can also contact Florentina Simlinger and German Guberman at

Programme & Speaker Biographies

Please click here to dowload the latest version of the programme. Click here to download biographies of the speakers and chairs.

Themes CLGD 2017

CLGI ran a global call for proposals and brought together 15 expert roundtables, panels, and workshops from organisations and consortia of partners to host sessions along the following themes, identified according to the vision set by the COP23 Presidency and in consultation with the CLGD Programme Committee and informed by the discussion at the Bonn Roundtable.

  1. Legal tools and multi-level instruments to implement the Paris Agreement and NDCs: Focusing on innovating multi-level and multi-sectoral climate mitigation and adaptation instruments, creating synergies within and across sectors, and exploring how to build capacity amongst legislators and policymakers.
  2. Operationalising the Paris Agreement: Exploring challenges in finalising and implementing the Paris Rulebook including transparency and compliance mechanisms, loss and damage and market mechanisms.
  3. Advancing Climate Resilience and Climate Justice: considering the role of civil society and the legal community, including courts and legal professionals, in accelerating climate action, enhancing transparency and ensuring accountability, integrating human rights into climate actions, advancing the Warsaw international mechanism on loss and damage and ensuring adequate finance for loss and damage, creating adequate insurance mechanisms, and addressing climate migration.
  4. Legal Frameworks to Enable Climate Finance and Engage the Private sector: Exploring the legal tools and obstacles in promoting sustainable finance and investment flows to implement NDCs and the Paris Agreement, including fossil fuel subsidies, considering conflicts and differences between international regimes including public and private international law, and international trade law, investment law and climate law, and building climate resilient and climate just societies and economies.



How to Become A Partner or Sponsor

Via a global call for partners, Parties, UN bodies, intergovernmental organizations, academia, jurists and civil society have joined the co-hosts and core partners of Climate Law and Governance Initiative including the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law, the Centre for International Governance Innovation, the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge, the University of Bonn and the University of South Pacific. The Climate Law and Governance Initiative is also grateful for the continued support of our diverse network of IGO, university, and NGO partners, as well as law firms and associations.

Interested session hosts were invited to submit research briefs and contribute modest cost-shares to host sessions during the day-long event. These sessions serve to share and profile the climate law and governance work across the global UNFCCC community, whether it is analysis and progress on new laws and policies, climate litigation, questions or findings for legal and governance research projects, outcomes technical assistance, or educational programmes. They will also be launching or convening points for ongoing programmes, a chance to check in with decision-makers, negotiators, civil society, private sector and other actors convened by the CoP23, or to share progress with sponsors and partners.

If you would like to discuss sponsoring future events or profiling your work with CLGI please contact the CLGI Secretariat at Sponsorship can especially assist with travel grants to enable developing country delegates and academics to attend and share their knowledge and ideas at CLGI events.

Organisations, Parties, and Institutions interested in participating in CLGD 2018 can also get in touch with CLGI by email at

More about CLGD 2017


  1. To inform the 2018 facilitative dialogue, and in particular the political/ministerial level, to inspire politicians and decision-makers on how legal tools and institutional reforms can assist in implementing and increasing the ambition of their NDCs and respond to climate challenges.
  2. To profile and share innovative international, national, and local law and governance mechanisms, challenges and best practices relating to global efforts to address climate change.
  3. To catalyse knowledge exchange to co-generate new climate law and governance knowledge and approaches, particularly by facilitating dialogue between delegates, legal practitioners and legal academic.
  4. To strengthen capacity, collaboration and a law and governance community of practice to implement the Doha Amendment, the Paris Agreement, the Paris Rulebook and the COP22 outcomes, and the SDG 13 on climate change.



Climate Law and Governance Day 2017 will take place at the University Forum, thanks to the generous contribution of the University of Bonn. The University Forum is conveniently located 5 minutes by foot from the World Conference Center Bonn, the centre of the COP23 negotiations.

Note on Other CLGI Activities During COP23

In addition to the CLGD 2017, the Climate Law and Governance Initiative hosted an international climate law and governance capacity building course. In this one-day course, for which a certificate was granted, international delegates and leading national and regional scholars and practitioners provided focused capacity-building on relevant issues.

CLGI engaged in the official UNFCCC side event zones of the COP23 Climate Change Conference, as well as participating in associated side events in collaboration with leading climate law organisations. CLGI aimed to boost its nascent knowledge centre during its COP23 activities by interacting with policymakers, lawmakers, parliamentarians, and delegates on the ground in Bonn. CLGI continues to seek blog contributions from its diverse network from the legal community post-COP23.