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Climate Law and Governance Day 2021

Co-hosts from the University of Glasgow, the University of Cambridge and the University of Strathclyde, also the CISDL’s tiny CLGI Secretariat and hundreds of other partners who have joined over the years, are delighted to invite you to register now for Climate Law and Governance Day 2021. In the beautiful Kelvin Gallery of the University of Glasgow and surrounding halls, the CLGI Programme Committee shall be convening the Climate Law and Governance Day global symposium on Friday, 5 November 2021, in Glasgow, Scotland during the COP26 of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. CLGD 2021, with an intense programme of over `16 in person and online sessions hosted by international organizations, country delegations, foundations, law associations and firms, law faculties and many other leading climate law and governance actors, provides an important point for the global climate law and governance community to meet, share ideas and build new innovative collaborations to tackle climate change and implement the Paris Agreement across international and domestic regulation, climate litigation, legal scholarship, and commercial practice circles. The event also features the Climate Law and Governance Global Leadership Awards 2021 and International Climate Law and Governance Student Essay Contest 2021 Prizes on 05 November 2021, recognizing negotiators, general counsel, and distinguished practitioners, academics and civil society leaders, also outstanding students, for their contributions to the global legal response to climate change.

With leading climate law and governance counsel, experts and practitioners preparing to join over 20,000 Party delegates and observers for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) on 01 – 12 November 2021, a unique opportunity arises to increase ambition, harness the knowledge and engagement of the climate law and governance community, share innovations and good practices, and strengthen networks and capacity for the race to net zero. In response, the Climate Law and Governance Initiative has launched this global call for partners, sponsors and session hosts for Climate Law and Governance Day 2021 and associated activities in Cambridge and Glasgow in October and November 2021, with an important online component.

Climate Law & Governance Day 2021 will take place during UNFCCC COP26 on Friday 05 November 2021.

Climate Law and Governance Day 2021 builds on a series of special events co-hosted by key partners from the Climate Law and Governance Initiative (CLGI) during the UNFCCC climate conferences since the 2005 MOP1/COP11 in Montreal, Canada to mobilise the international law and governance community to help implement the UNFCCC and most recently, the Paris Agreement in the context of the global Sustainable Development Goals. This global international symposium aims to facilitate meaningful dialogue between COP delegates, observers and stakeholders, also keen students, with an interest in national and international law and governance related to climate change, including government representatives and leaders, leading international and domestic legal practitioners, and renowned legal experts. In partnership with local hosts from the University of Cambridge, Strathclyde University and the University of Glasgow, events shall occur in Glasgow and online, depending on COVID-19 restrictions.

Climate Law & Governance Day 2021 Themes

Four key themes have been identified in consultation with the CLGD Programme Committee from the vision set by the United Kingdom as UNFCCC COP26 President, as informed by the UNFCCC Climate Dialogues - Climate Law and Governance Roundtable on 04 December 2020. Each theme is led by a CLGI Chair:

1. Operationalising the Paris Agreement: Exploring the challenges and opportunities of market and non-market mechanisms, transparency frameworks, compliance mechanisms, loss and damage, the Global Stocktake and other elements of operationalizing the Paris Agreement and other relevant international legal instruments.

2. Testing Legal and Governance Tools for High Ambition Implementation: Innovating legal and governance instruments for climate mitigation, adaptation and finance, creating synergies within and across sectors, and strengthening capacity amongst legislators, policymakers and institutions, in the context of pandemic recovery measures to help or hinder high ambition implementation of NDCs and LTSs under the Paris Agreement.

3. Advancing Climate Resilience and Climate Justice: Engaging civil society and the legal community, including courts and professionals, in accelerating climate action, enhancing transparency and ensuring accountability, integrating rights based approaches into climate actions, advancing the Warsaw International Mechanism (WIM) for loss and damage with effective structures including for financing actions to address loss and damage, and climate migration.

4. Net Zero Legal Frameworks to Enable Climate Neutral Investment and Finance: Exploring the legal tools and obstacles in promoting sustainable climate finance, investment flows and global supply chains to implement the Paris Agreement, including reductions in fossil fuel subsidies, considering contributions of private international law, international trade and investment law.

Climate Law & Governance Day Objectives

1. To inspire and optimize legal and institutional reform for achieving current Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement, supporting the 2023 Global Stocktake efforts and increasing the ambition of the next round of NDCs.

2. To profile and share innovative international, national, and local law and governance challenges, mechanisms and good practices relating to global efforts to address climate change.

3. To catalyse knowledge exchange and co-generate new climate law and governance scholarship, insights and approaches, facilitating new dialogue and partnerships.

4. To strengthen capacity, collaboration among the climate law and governance community of practice to implement the Doha Amendment, Paris Agreement and COP outcomes, supporting achievement of the world’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Key Elements of Climate Law & Governance 2021

1. Preparatory events, an international academic conference on advancing climate law and policy innovation at the University of Cambridge Faculty of Law on 29-30 October 2021, with plenary sessions scoping the future legal and governance research agenda and identifying needs for new scholarship needs, capacity building, technical cooperation and future educational offerings.

2. Climate Law and Governance Day 2021 during UNFCCC CoP26 on 05 November online and in person co-hosted by the University of Glasgow with the University of Cambridge and the University of Strathclyde, featuring sessions on trends and progress in climate law and governance worldwide, regionally and locally, sharing dialogue, practices and tools to support implementation of the Paris Agreement NDCs and Long-term Strategies (LTS), the Doha Amendment, and the SDGs, with roundtables featuring climate law and governance topics and instruments, advancing international law, and building synergies for future collaboration.

3. Climate Law and Governance Global Leadership Awards 2021 and International Climate Law and Governance Student Essay Contest 2021 Prizes on 05 November 2021, recognizing negotiators, general counsel, and distinguished practitioners, academics and civil society leaders, also outstanding students.

4. Climate Law and Governance Specialization Course 2021 on 07 November 2021, to strengthen legal and institutional knowledge and capacity of UNFCCC delegates, observers, scholars and others for implementation and compliance with the Paris Agreement. In this one-day course, a certification is granted.

5. A programme of climate law and governance sessions and side-events at the UNFCCC COP26 from 01 - 12 November, featuring insights, instruments and practices gained through CLGI partnerships and projects, and to analyse outcomes, a public online Leverhulme Lecture on 'Accelerating Climate Law and Governance Courage, Contributions and Compliance for Sustainability' on 01 December hosted by the University of Cambridge and partners.

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Climate Law and Governance Day 2021 takes place in the grand Kelvin Gallery of the University of Glasgow on 05 November 2021 and the Climate Law and Governance Specialization Course 2021 on 07 November 2021 in the beautifully modern learning centre of Strathclyde University, online and in person if COVID-19 restrictions allow. Preparatory and ex-post events at the University of Cambridge include an international academic conference ‘Climate Change, the SDGs and the Law’ on law and policy innovation related to climate change on 29-30 October 2021, and the global online Leverhulme Lecture and Distinguished Experts Dialogue on 01 December 2021.

Other CLGI Activities During COP26

CLGI supports an international programme of special side events and other sessions hosted by collaborating partners, co-hosts and session hosts, including the Research and Independent NGOs (RINGOs) constituency and others at the COP. These events shall often take place in official UNFCCC side event zones of the COP26 Climate Change Conference, as well further associated venues, in collaboration with leading climate law and governance organisations. A CLGI Booth at COP also often offers a meeting point and dedicated space to share knowledge and materials, including about climate law and governance issues and activities, opening opportunities for exchanges among delegates and observers. CLGI will publish blog contributions during COP26, as well as legal working papers and books with world-leading presses based on COP26 collaborations.

Warmest thanks are due to the past and present partners and co-hosts of Climate Law and Governance Day, and all collaborators and advisors of the global Climate Law and Governance Initiative, from the CLGI Executive Secretary, Professor Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger (Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor at the University of Cambridge, CISDL Senior Director and Full Professor of Law at the University of Waterloo) and Chairs, Prof Christina Voigt (Professor of International Law at the University of Oslo and Co-Chair, Paris Agreement Implementation and Compliance Committee), Adv Wendy Miles QC (Barrister, Twenty Essex Street and founder, Net Zero Lawyers Alliance), Adv Ayman Cherkaoui (CISDL Lead Counsel for Climate Change and CoP22 Presidency Senior Advisor) and Adv Hafij Khan (Executive Director of the Climate Justice Centre Bangladesh and Co-Chair of the Paris Agreement Least Developed Countries Group).

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The Climate Law and Governance Initiative (CLGI) is a coalition of different members of the climate law community including think tanks, universities, international organisations, NGOs and law firms. Find out more about us at http://www.climatelawgovernance.org/about/ or email CLGI at climatelawgovernance@cisdl.org. 

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