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Dr Markus Gehring, Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Rising Powers, is organizing an international symposium on the potentials and prospects of the Paris Accord on Climate Change. 

What global climate regime may be agreed in the 21st UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties? How to foster sustainable landscapes governance, and implement future legal and policy reforms for the low-carbon economy? What is the future of climate change litigation, and how to realise human rights for climate justice? You are invited to an international symposium on the law and governance of climate change, in the context of a global Paris Agreement, in the beautiful and historic University of Cambridge Faculty of Law.

Join climate negotiators, law-makers, experts, academics and students to debate crucial law and governance challenges. A rich and fascinating programme includes:

Eminent experts and leading academics and international law practitioners join us in Cambridge from across the world, in advance of the UN FCCC COP21 in Paris:

* Ms. Bianca Jagger, Human Rights and Climate Change Advocate (CIGI)

* Prof James Cameron, Chairman, Overseas Development Institute (tbc)

* Dr. Andrew Wardell, Senior Manager (CIFOR)

* Prof. Ying-Shih Hsieh, Chairman (Environmental Quality Protection Foundation)

* Dr. Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger, Senior Director (CISDL), Affiliated Fellow (LCIL), and Senior Legal Expert (IDLO)

* Dr. Oonagh Fitsgerald, Director (CIGI ILRP)

* Dr. Markus Gehring, Cambridge Law Faculty, Lead Counsel (CISDL) and Fellow (LCIL)

* Prof. Jorge Viñuales, Cambridge Land Economy, Director and Fellow (C-EENRG)

* Prof. Sumudu Atapattu, University of Wisconsin, Lead Counsel (CISDL)


  • Opening Plenary: Debate the potential of the new global climate change regime and potential of international measures for climate change mitigation, resilience and finance.  
  • Experts Roundtables:

(i) human rights for climate justice

(ii) legal frameworks for sustainable landscapes

(iii) legal tools for the low-carbon economy  

  • Luncheon Book Launch: Prof. Sumudu Atapattu’s new book titled Human Rights Approaches to Climate Change: Challenges and Opportunities (Routledge 2015).  
  •  Afternoon Plenary: Share how to make climate legislation work on the ground - the challenges, the innovations and the solutions.  
  • Further Experts Roundtables:

(i) climate loss and damage, liability and compensation

(ii) governance of sustainable forests

(iii) strategies for climate litigation 

  • Closing Roundtable: Deliberate the future climate law and governance research and action agenda.



LCIL, University of Cambridge Faculty of Law (5 Cranmer Rd, Cambridge UK CN3 9LB).



Register now at:

Please hurry, as seats are limited. For details: Please contact Francesse Joy J. Cordon, Associate Fellow and International Law on Sustainable



Development Project Coordinator of CISDL at or check the CISDL website at

Hosts: Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL), the Lauterpacht Centre for

International Law (LCIL) and the Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource

Governance (C-EENRG). the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the Centre for International

Governance Innovation (CIGI), West Coast Environmental Law (WCEL), the Environmental Quality

Protection Foundation (EQPF) and a consortium of law faculties and institutes from across the world

Saturday, 28 November, 2015 - 08:30 to 18:00
Contact name: 
Dr Markus Gehring
Contact email: 
Event location: 
LCIL, University of Cambridge Faculty of Law (5 Cranmer Rd, Cambridge UK CN3 9LB).