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Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law & Governance Areas of expertise

Climate change is the defining issue of our age”, Ban Ki Moon, Former UN Secretary General.

The Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law & Governance lives up to the challenge. Its research on global environmental law and governance takes aim at climate change and pushes the boundaries of legal scholarship in this field. 

The world is warming and the negative effects are being felt by humans and ecosystems alike. Science has established that observed climate change is mainly due to human activities, and the international community has developed a legal regime to confront climate change that dates back to the 1992 Rio Conference, when the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change was adopted. 

Twenty-odd years later, the Paris Agreement has launched a new phase of the international climate change regime, which calls for close scrutiny of its implementation. At the same time, efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change are multi-dimensional, and require innovative approaches to law and governance at all levels. We embrace this challenge, and our work on climate change covers a wide breadth of topics:

  • Climate change and justice
  • Climate change and security
  • Climate change and international trade 
  • Climate change and Carbon markets

Whatever one may think of the Paris Agreement, climate change law and policy are here to stay for many years to come. The Strathclyde LLM in Climate & Energy Law is positioned to play a critical role in training experts who will have a key role in the implementation of the Paris Agreement." 

Our work on climate change builds on the first-hand experience of its members in shaping and navigating the international climate change legal regime, including practical work in fields such as carbon markets, climate finance, or the energy sector. Research is carried out both independently and as part of externally funded projects, for instance addressing the role of fair and equitable benefit-sharing in the context of the international climate change legal regime. Finally, work on climate change benefits from partnerships with global practitioners and with leading centres and institutions within the University of Strathclyde such as the Centre for Energy Policy and the Institute for Future Cities


Check our publications in the area of climate change here.