We are (former) business lawyers dedicated to combating climate change by all available means.
Our efforts typically take the shape of research projects, advocacy initiatives and expert appointments related to climate law. This includes advising on international law and national legislation aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and court processes aimed at holding states and corporations accountable. Because climate change extends into virtually all legal domains – from public procurement and administration to insurance, transactions, banking, and finance – our work does, too.
A lot of our time is spent engaging and enabling other lawyers to play a role in the fight against climate change. Like John Kerry, we believe that all lawyers are front-line workers in the fight against climate change: some draft and implement laws and regulations that reduce emissions, others guide investors and businesses toward a low-carbon future. Still others make sure that democracy, human rights and the rule of law are protected in the rapid transition.
Examples of our projects, initiatives and collaborations are available on the What we do page, and some of our speaking engagements are listed on the Events page. For regular updates, follow us on LinkedIn.
WHO WE ARE
Annette’s focus is on leadership, innovation and policy advocacy. She works with partners primarily in matters relating to systematic change, through research and trainings, and is engaged in high-level dialogues to foster change.
Prior to co-founding Climate Change Counsel, Annette was Secretary General of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC). She holds more than 20 years’ experience of international law, including from global law firms, and is the founder of the crowdsourcing initiative Stockholm Treaty Lab.
Annette is a frequent speaker on law and climate change and has been called “a thought leader and global star” by Global Arbitration Review. She is listed as highly recommended in Who’s Who Legal and commended for her “significant experience in complex investment and commercial arbitration proceedings.” Annette also accepts arbitrator appointments.
Anja's work focuses primarily on the intersection of international investment law, energy transition and climate law.
Prior to co-founding Climate Change Counsel, Anja served as legal counsel at the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce. She also spent a few years as an international disputes lawyer at a big firm in New York. Earlier in her career, Anja was a writer and editor at policy-oriented think tanks in Kabul and Washington, D.C.
Anja holds a JD from Columbia University in New York, where she was a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow and a recipient of the Parker School Certificate in International and Comparative Law. She also earned an LLM in International Criminal Law from the University of Amsterdam and served as a summer clerk at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.
Anja is a frequent speaker on investment law and arbitration reform, energy transition, climate litigation and the role of lawyers in the climate transition.