Executive Secretary


Dr. Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger, DPhil (Oxon) MEM (Yale) BCL and LLB (McGill), is an expert scholar, jurist and author on law and governance for sustainable development. She is laureate of the 2016 international Justitia Regnorum Fundamentum Award, Senior Director for the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL), fellow of the University of Cambridge C-EENRG and LCIL, and Professor of Law, Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo, Canada. She has authored/edited 20 books and over 80 papers and serves on seven Law Journal Boards. She is Executive Secretary for the Climate Law and Governance Initiative, Senior Legal Advisor to the Presidency of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, and has been Senior Legal Advisor to the Ramsar Convention; Senior Legal Expert, Sustainable Development for the International Development Law Organization (IDLO); and A/Director in Canada’s Natural Resources Ministry. She chairs the World Bank Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development TWG on Environment and Natural Resources Law.


Project Coordinators


Mirjam Reiner holds an LLM in International Law from University of Cambridge, an LLB from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands and spent her exchange semester at the Law Faculty of McGill University in Canada. She coordinates the Climate Law and Governance Initiative as an Associate Fellow of the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law. She has been part of various research projects related to comparative law and energy law and interned at the International Law Unit at UN Environment as well as the Max Planck Institute for International Peace and Rule of Law. Mirjam’s research is informed by her dedication to the rule of law and governance and access to justice. Her research interests lie in particular in the areas of sustainable development, the sharing of natural resources and ABS, and making investment law greener.


Alexandra Scott holds an M.Phil in Environmental Policy from the University of Cambridge, and BA and BSc from the University of Western Australia. Her research focuses on vertical policy integration and the multi-level governance of climate change, and she holds a particular interest in city and citizen roles in driving energy system decarbonisation. Alex currently coordinates the Climate Law and Governance Initiative as an Associate Fellow of the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law. She previously worked in local government environmental policy with the City of Perth after several years in environmental consulting, and has led environmental advocacy with and Positive+Investment. Alex is also a human rights advocate having co-founded Amnesty International's ARTillery Project back in Australia.


Chief Financial Officer


Jameson Jones-Doyle is the Chief Finance Officer of the CISDL, the CFO and Senior Strategic Advisor of the Myko Social Score Platform, and the co-founder and VP Development of Legal Lighthouse Inc. A snapshot of his consultancy experience includes acting as Coordinator and Lead Researcher for Accenture’s e-learning academy’s course titled “Introduction to Sustainable Performance”, as editor of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity’s magazine titled “Business .2020”, as rapporteur for the 2014 Brazil-India-Germany TEEB dialog meeting, and as the author of the international “CBD Decisions and the Business Sector” report. He holds an Masters in Marketing (specialization: environmentally-friendly behavior) from Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business, as well as a B.A in Psychology. He was named as one of Quebec’s top three graduate students of 2011 as well as Concordia’s Outstanding Student of the Year, and is a senior member of the Concordia University Alumni Association Board of Directors.


The Climate Law and Governance Initiative Team


Dr. Markus Gehring, J.S.D. (Yale), LL.M. (Yale), Dr jur. (Hamburg), MA (Cantab) is Lead Counsel for Trade, Investment and Competition Law with the Centre of International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL). He teaches international and European Law in Cambridge University. He is a visiting professor in several universities around the globe. He has published books and articles on various aspects of trade, European and climate change law, sustainable development, and constitutional law.


Prof. Sumudu Atapattu, Ph.D (Cantab) & LL.M (Cantab) is Lead Counsel for Human Rights and Poverty Eradication with the CISDL, and an Attorney-at-Law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka. She teaches international environmental law. She has edited several publications and coordinated research for the annual State of Human Rights Report of the Trust. She is Senior Legal Expert with the International Development Law Organization (IDLO).


Dr. Robert Kibugi, LL.D. (University of Ottawa), LL.M, LL.B. (both University of Nairobi) is a lecturer in law Centre for Advanced Studies in Environmental Law (CASELAP) and the School of Law, University of Nairobi, and has previously taught at the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, in Canada. Among other functions, Robert serves as an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, is a member of the Governing Board of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law and a member of the Climate Change Adaptation Specialist Group at the Asia Pacific Environmental Law Centre.


Prof. Jorge Viñuales, Ph.D (Sciences Po), LL.M (Harvard) is the Harold Samuel Professor of Law and Environmental Policy at the University of Cambridge. He has published widely in his specialty areas, most recently International Environmental Law. He has worked on many cases under ICSID, UNCITRAL, ICC or LCIA rules. He regularly advises companies, governments, international organisations and major NGOs on environmental law, investment law, human rights and public international law.


Prof. Christina Voigt, Dr. juris (Norway), LL.M. (Envir), is a Legal Research Fellow with the CISDL and professor at the Department of Public and International Law, University of Oslo, Norway. She teaches international and national environmental law, climate change law and policy as well as public international law. Christina has previously worked as a legal practitioner in Germany and for the Norwegian government as lead negotiator on REDD during the Climate negotiations.


Prof Benoit Mayer, PhD (National University of Singapore), LL.M. (McGill), M.A. (Sciences Po, Lyon) is Associate Professor at the International Law Institute and the Environmental Law Institute of Wuhan University, in China and a research fellow with the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL) and with the Earth System Governance project. His research focuses in particular on the relations between climate change and human mobility, and how they may induce changes in international governance.


Ayman Cherkaoui, B.Eng. (McGill), LL.B (Université de Montréal), Msc. Finance (EM Lyon) is the COP 22 Advisor to the Environment Minister of Morocco. He is also Legal Research Fellow at the CISDL, leading research and analysis on loss and damage, climate finance, emissions trading in aviation and adaptation.


Katherine Lofts, B.C.L. / LL.B. (McGill), M.A. (McGill), B.A. Hons. (University of Victoria), serves as Climate Change Programme Manager of the CISDL. Katherine graduated from McGill University’s Faculty of Law, with a focus on human rights and environmental law. She previously worked for the law firm White & Case in New York, and has interned with UNICEF UK in London, the South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre in Delhi, and Rights & Democracy’s Women’s Rights Programme in Montreal.


Francesse Joy J. Cordon, J.D. (dean’s medal), BSc magna cum laude (both University of the Philippines), MPhil Environmental Policy (University of Cambridge) is a Filipino environmental lawyer practicing in Cambodia, Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam. She serves as the International Law Project Coordinator of the CISDL.


Sebastian Bechtel, LL.B. cum laude (University of Groningen), is currently reading for the LL.M at Cambridge University and serves as Climate Change Project Coordinator of the CISDL. Sebastian has interned and worked for a number of environmental organizations including the Independent Institute for Environmental Issues (UfU e.V.) in Berlin (Germany), the European Environmental Bureau in Brussels (Belgium) and the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW) in Eugene (Oregon, USA).


Jasmin Wennersbusch holds a Magistra iuris from the University of Düsseldorf in Germany and is currently reading for the LL.M. at the University of Cambridge focussing on Public International Law and International Environmental Law. Jasmin is also in the last stages of her PhD studies at the University of Düsseldorf, which she expects to finish in Summer 2017. She previously worked as a research and teaching fellow at the University of Düsseldorf and is currently serving as a volunteer for the Climate Law and Governance Initiative as well as the Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU) Germany.


Aikaterini Charara is currently reading for the LL.M at the University of Cambridge focusing on International Law and serves as a volunteer for the Climate Law and Governance Initiative and as a researcher in the Cambridge Human Trafficking Research Panel. She has studied Law at the University of Athens, the University of Barcelona and the World Trade Institute of the University of Bern. Aikaterini has interned for the Permanent Mission of Greece to the United Nations and the World Trade Organisation in Geneva.

Isabel Felandro is an MPhil student in Environmental Policy at the University of Cambridge. She is interested in working on the development of sound policies based on social, science and economic foundations to address environmental and sustainable issues. Isabel participated as a member of the student volunteers team for Climate Law and Governance Day 2016 and has been part of various research projects related to climate change and gender, payment for ecosystem services, as well as environmental impact assessment. Isabel previously worked as a legal advisor at the Peruvian Society for Environmental Law and at the Ministry of Environment of Peru. Her academic background includes a BA in Law from the Universidad Católica de Peru, as well as a course on Economic Tools for Conservation by Stanford University.