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Short Course: Climate Change Law

Date: 8 Sessions: 14, 21, 28 Sept, 5, 12 ,19, 26 and 2 Nov 2022

Time: 13.00 - 15.00 (UK time)

Venue: Online

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Course Details

This virtual course offers a comprehensive overview of climate change law and the legal responses to the current climate crisis. Bringing together a distinguished cohort of scholars and practitioners, the course is designed to provide participants with a working knowledge of the relevant legal frameworks as well as to enhance their understanding of the way climate change impacts other areas of international law including territory, human rights, trade and investment.

By the end of the course, participants will:

  • Have a clear understanding of the principal elements of International and Comparative Climate Change Law;
  • Have a comprehension of the complex (scientific, economic, political and legal) framework of climate change issues;
  • Better understand the international regime and the global governance of climate change, including as it relates to other areas of international law;
  • Be able to critically assess the legal tools and principles related to climate change;
  • Be able to analyse the principal challenges relating to the implementation and compliance of climate change law;
  • Be able to identify national and international initiatives and opportunities for climate change action.

Course topics and tutors:

  • United Nations Climate Change Regime
    Ivano Alogna, Arthur Watts Research Fellow in Environmental and Climate Change Law, BIICL (course leader)
  • Principles of Climate Change Law
    Philippe Cullet, Professor of International and Environmental Law and Director of the Law, Environment and Development Centre, University of London, SOAS
  • Climate Change Legal Mechanisms
    Michael A. Mehling, Deputy Director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) TBC
  • Climate Change Litigation
    Joana Setzer, Assistant Professor in Climate Governance and Climate Litigation, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, LSE
  • Territory, Sovereignty and Climate Change
    Constantinos Yiallourides, Lecturer in International Law at Macquarie University, School of Law, and Arthur Watts Research Fellow in the Law of the Sea, BIICL
  • Human Rights, Migration and Climate Change
    Christine Bakker, Visiting Lecturer, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa, and Visiting Research Fellow, BIICL
  • Business, Human Rights and Climate Change
    Irene Pietropaoli, Research Leader in Business and Human Rights, and Lise Smit, Senior Research Fellow in Business and Human Rights and Director, Human Rights Due Diligence Forum, BIICL
  • Trade, Investment and Climate Change
    Markus W. Gehring, University Lecturer a nd Director of Studies in Law at Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge

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Testimonials from past attendees

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Course format

The virtual course format will consist of a series of 8 sessions in which live (synchronous) teaching is offered via Zoom. Participants will be able to interact with the tutors and amongst themselves on screen.

Pricing and Registration

The course cost is £700 per person (including VAT)


Course Discounts

Member Discount: 15% discount for individual members of BIICL
Details of individual memberships 

Group Discounts:

  • 15% discount for groups of 3 or more attendees from NGO organisations or staff of government
  • 15% discount for groups of 5 or more attendees from commercial organisations

To apply for any of the group discounts please Contact Us 

Training Scholarships

The British Institute of International and Comparative Law is committed to equality and opportunity in the legal profession and to support greater engagement of under-represented groups in the legal profession.

In our efforts in this regard we are delighted to offer 3 scholarships for each of our short courses to participants from communities and backgrounds currently under-represented in the legal community.

Applications for training scholarships must be received at least three weeks ahead of the course start date (24 August 2022).

Find out more about training scholarships

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CPD Information

This event offers the equivalent of 16 CPD hours.

A certificate of attendance will be issued to participants attending a minimum of 70% of live course session time. Certificates will be sent to course participants within one month of the last session of the course.


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Event Cancellation Policy

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