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WHAT WE DO

We engage in research projects, advocacy initiatives and expert appointments related to climate law, investment law, and energy transition. 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. We regulary speak and write about developments in climate law and the role of law and lawyers in the climate transition.

Below are several examples of our ongoing and previous projects. For regular updates, follow us on LinkedIn.

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BALANCING INVESTMENT LAW, ECONOMIC GROWTH AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN ASIA 

CCC is engaged as experts in a technical assistance program of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), seeking to strengthen knowledge of international trade and investment agreements and their relationship to sustainable development.

LAW AND CLIMATE CHANGE SUMMIT

On 18 April 2024, Climate Change Counsel and JP Infonet organized the first Law and Climate Change Summit in Stockholm and online. The conference delved deep into the dynamic intersection of law and climate change, and explored how lawyers can best serve clients and other stakeholders in the ongoing transition.

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BOOK: INVESTMENT ARBITRATION AND CLIMATE CHANGE 

Climate Change Counsel co-founders Anja Ipp and Annette Magnusson are the editors of Investment Arbitration and Climate Change, an edited volume published by Kluwer Law International in January 2024. Contributing authors include arbitration practitioners, academics and experts from civil-society.

 

Two webinars were held to mark the book's publication:

  • 7 March 2024: The book launch was hosted by Wolters Kluwer and moderated by Anja Ipp. A video recording of the webinar is available here.

  • 8 April 2024: A webinar was hosted by the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and moderated by ICSID Secretary General Meg Kinnear. A video recording is available here

To learn more about the contents of the book, and to order a copy, visit the publisher's website

COMMERCIAL LAWYERS AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Since 2021, Climate Change Counsel has worked to engage commercial lawyers in the climate transition through webinars and reports, partnerships and advocacy.

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EXPERT PANEL: PARIS AGREEMENT CONCILIATION ANNEX

The International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) has convened a Panel of Experts to develop and promote a proposed draft conciliation annex for the Paris Agreement. The Panel includes experts from private practice, judiciaries, governments, arbitral institutions, academia and international organizations.
 

The Panel is co-chaired by CCC co-founder Annette Magnusson and Catherine Amirfar, partner with Debevoise & Plimpton and Immediate Past President of the American Society of International Law.
 

CCC's engagement is supported by the Global Challenges Foundation


Find out more on the ICCA website.

THE ENERGY CHARTER TREATY, CLIMATE CHANGE AND CLEAN ENERGY TRANSITION

In 2021-22, Climate Change Counsel conducted a study of arbitral awards rendered under the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT).

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UNCITRAL NET ZERO LEGISLATIVE PROJECT

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CCC works with Net Zero Lawyers Alliance (NZLA) on an initiative that explores how UNCITRAL can facilitate and accelerate global climate mitigation and adaptation by strengthening the model laws, rules and standards of international trade law. 

  • Read more about the project here.

  • Read the Note (Part I and Part II) by the UNCITRAL Secretariat exploring the possibility of future work on climate change mitigation, adaptation and resilience.

  • Hear CCC’s Annette Magnusson and others speak about the UNCITRAL Net Zero Legislative Project.

  • Read the report of the UNCITRAL Commission 55th session (update on the Net Zero project on pp. 37-39.

STRENGTHENING ENVIRONMENTAL AND CLIMATE JUSTICE IN THE PACIFIC

As part of a project to strengthen judicial capacity towards sustainable economic development in Asia and the Pacific, Climate Change Counsel is working with the Asian Research Institute for Environmental Law to explore the feasibility of a regional body for environmental dispute settlement in the Pacific region. The aim is to achieve enhanced environmental and climate justice across the region. The project is a collaboration between the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

 

Read IUCN report on this topic and the 2021 Oceania Environmental Law Conference Statement.

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