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Short Course: Climate Change Law

Date: 8 Sessions: 18, 25 April, 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 May, 6 June 2023

Time: 13.00 - 15.00 (UK time)

Venue: Online


Course Outline

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:

  • United Nations Climate Change Regime
    Ivano Alogna, Research Leader in Environmental and Climate Change Law, BIICL
  • 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-School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
  • Climate Change Legal Mechanisms TBC
  • Climate Change Litigation
    Joana Setzer, Assistant Professorial Research Fellow, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
  • Territory, Sovereignty and Climate Change
    Constantinos Yiallourides, Lecturer in International Law at Macquarie University, School of Law, and Research Leader in the Law of the Sea, BIICL
  • Human Rights, Migration and Climate Change
    Christine Bakker, Affiliated Researcher at the DIRPOLIS Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna - Pisa, and Visiting Research Fellow, BIICL
  • Business, Human Rights and Climate Change
    Irene Pietropaoli, Senior Fellow in Business and Human Rights, BIICL
  • Trade, Investment and Climate Change
    Markus W. Gehring, University Lecturer & Director of Studies in Law at Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge

Download the course programme 

Course leader 

Ivano Alogna, Research Leader in Environmental and Climate Change Law, British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL).

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.

Testimonials from past attendees

"The approach was very innovative and enriching"
"Very informative. Very enjoyable."
"..Very stimulating and enlightening."

Pricing and registration

The course cost is £775 per person (including VAT).

This course is also running in autumn 2023. Click here to find out more.

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 (28 March 2023).

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.


If you have any queries, please contact the Events team

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Event Cancellation Policy

When you register for an event you will be asked to confirm that you have read and understood our cancellation policy.

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