Legal tools and governance frameworks on the national and international level provide both obstacles and opportunities in responding to climate challenges. Unlocking the knowledge of the legal community is crucial to rise to these challenges, empower actors from different sectors and levels of government to understand, change and use the role of law in taking climate action. To raise this awareness and facilitate this empowerment, CLGI hosts events each year during and in the run up to the UNFCCC Conferences of the Parties. With the climate community come together alongside the UNFCCC processes, the CoPs present a great opportunity to build on the growing climate law community of practice dedicated to contributing innovative legal solutions to the collective climate action effort.

CLGI ran an in-depth engagement programme at  COP23 in 2017 in Bonn, Germany, for more information visit our past events page.

With its diverse partnership, CLGI’s secretariat actively supported the following events

CLGI exhibit booth | Mon 6 – Sat 11 Nov | COP23 Bonn Zone

The CLGI Secretariat held presentations and dialogue for Bonn Zone participants on climate law and governance reform challenges, materials profiling research into innovative solutions, and opportunities to network and build synergies for capacity development. Some of the recent work profiled can also be found in our knowledge centre and on the websites of our partner organisations


Climate Law and Governance Day | 8.30-18.00 Fri 10 Nov | University of Bonn University Forum, Heussallee 18-24

Our annual one-day knowledge sharing event alongside the COP again convened a diverse gathering of 270 international experts, scholars, legal practitioners, judges, government delegates, and climate leaders from civil society and the private sector. For a more detailed description of the day click here.

Climate Law and Governance Specialisation Course | 9.30-13.30 Sun 12 Nov | United Nations University Campus, Bonn

CLGI and CISDL in partnership with CIGI and United Nations University convened a certified training course led by international experts on law and governance frameworks to promote the effective implementation of the Paris Agreement and NDCs. For a more detailed description of the day click here.

CISDL & COP22 Presidency Panel: Implementing the Paris Agreement in the Context of Sustainable Development | 11h-13h Mon 13 Nov | DIE Interconnections Zone

This panel explored the role of law, the legal community and civil society in achieving climate objectives and overviewed the key debates and insights from the discussions at Climate Law and Governance Day 2017 to discuss future legal research and capacity building priorities.

Side Event: Advances in Climate Law and Governance – Implementing the Paris Agreement World Wide | 11.30h-13h Mon 16 Nov | Bonn Zone

Legal experts shared insights on challenges, good practices and lessons in legal and institutional reform to strengthen climate mitigation, resilience and finance, and build capacity for climate law and policy solutions.


Capacity Building Day | 9h-17h Thr 16 Nov | GIZ

CLGI also supported the Capacity Building Day which featured discussions on capacity-building iniatives that enhance the implemenation of NDCs .





CLGI’s partners further organised events alongside the COP as well. For more information visit their respective websites. Find a list of our partners here.


A calendar of relevant climate law and governance events coordinated by the CLGI secretariat as well as our partners can also be found here

Climate Law and Governance Day (CLGD)

A full day knowledge sharing and research symposium alongside COP23

Building on past successes, CLGD brings together diverse stakeholders alongside the UNFCCC COP each year to combine perspectives and solutions to the complex challenges of addressing climate change to feed back into the UNFCCC negotiation and implementation processes. Our diverse set of partners host roundtables, workshops and plenary debates on timely issues and innovative ideas.

Most recently, CLGD 2017 was held at the Universitätsforum Bonn on 10 Nov 2017 featuring 15 detailed expert roundtables, workshops and panels to an audience of over 270 delegates, lawyers, academics, researchers, jurists, and 100 expert speakers.Find out more about CLGD 2017 here.

If you are interested in getting involved in CLGD 2018 please contact the CLGI Secretariat.



Law and Governance Capacity Building Course

A full day capacity building course alongside COP23

With leading experts joining delegates and civil society actors this course offered annually alongside the COP is a unique opportunity to strengthen personal, professional, and academic knowledge bases on the legal aspects of the Paris Rulebook and its implementation. CLGI’s secretariat assisted its partners in coordinating the 2017 course to prepare 45 delegates and students for the challenges in negotiating and implementing the Paris Agreement Implementation Guidelines.

Find out more about the Climate Law & Specialization Course 2017 here.

Bonn Roundtable Discussion

Discussing current climate law and governance issue alongside the Bonn Climate Conference

Each year during the Subsidiary Bodies meetings in Bonn in May, the CLGI Secretariat convenes a roundtable discussion with some of its core partners to determine research priorities on climate law and governance, focus in depth on a selected current topic and to identify suitable themes for the upcoming CLGD.

Additional information on the Bonn Roundtable 2018 will be announced in the Upcoming Events Section. Information on past events can be found here.

Other Climate Law and Governance Events

An calendar of relevant climate law and governance events coordinated by the CLGI secretariat as well as our partners can also be found in the upcoming events section.

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