2017 Climate Law and Governance Specialisation Course

Laws and institutions can help or hinder climate action. They are crucial instruments for promoting sustainable development, and making finance flows consistent with a pathway towards low-GHG and climate-resilient alternatives, as sought by the 2015 Paris Agreement.

In order to raise awareness and strengthen capacity on legal and institutional climate reforms and frameworks, the Climate Law and Governance Initiative convened a capacity building course with the support of some of its key partners and associated experts. Building on the CLGI course held in 2016 in Setatt during UNFCCC COP22, the course took place alongside the CoP23 on Sunday, 12 November 2017.

This interactive capacity-building day introduced participants to timely issues concerning legal and governance challenges and opportunities for the implementation of the NDCs and the Paris Agreement. With the event booked to capacity, forty five delegates, civil society representatives and students took part in the day.


The course was opened by Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger (Senior Director , Centre for Intl Sust Dev Law (CISDL) / Full Professor, Univ Waterloo), Oonagh Fitzgerald, Director (ILRP, Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)), Cosmin Corendea, (Legal Expert, United Nations University (UNU)) and Maria Socorro Manguiat (Head, National Environmental Law, Law Division UN-Environment).



Silvia Maciunas (Deputy Director, KILRP, CIGI) set the scene for the different modules of the course by providing an introduction on Foundations: Understanding the Paris Agreement under the UNFCCC.


The first module focused on Law, Governance & Climate Mitigation

Instructors: Dane Ratliff (Senior Research Fellow, CISDL on climate mitigation / NDCs), Markus Gehring (Law Lecturer, BIICL/University of Cambridge) & Michael Mehling (MIT / Strathclyde Univ LLM on international emissions trading & flexibility mechanisms under the Paris Agreement)

The second module examined Law, Governance & Climate Adaptation/Resilience

Instructors: Ayman Cherkaoui, (Lead Counsel, CISDL) Hafij Khan (Executive Director, Climate Justice Centre – Bangladesh) & Margaretha Wewerinke (University of the South Pacific on Climate Justice)

The third module focused on Climate Finance, Transparency & Accountability

Instructors: Christopher Campbell-Durufle (Legal Fellow, CISDL), Benoit Mayer, (Legal Fellow, CISDL), Marilyn Averill (Senior Fellow, Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy and the Environment at the University of Colorado Law School & Steering Committee, UNFCCC RINGOs).

Certificates were awarded to the participants by Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger (CISDL), Cosmin Corendea (UNU) and Oonagh Fitzgerald (CIGI)