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).
Business leaders, senior executives and legal advisors today need to have adequate knowledge of climate law, and an understanding of climate-related risks - physical, market, reputational, legal and other risks.
Climate Change Counsel conducts regular trainings for corporates, law firms, business associations and other stakeholders. Each workshop is based on the organisations’ needs and adapted to address challenges facing their industry. Topics include navigating ESG compliance, green contract drafting, and climate-related dispute trends.
CORPORATE HUMAN RIGHTS POLICIES AND PRACTICES
CCC provides research and analysis on the intersection of human rights law and climate change to law firms, companies and international organizations.
In partnership with a European law firm, CCC advises a global energy company on the integration of climate perspectives in corporate human rights policies and practices.
PREVENTING AND ADVISING ON CLIMATE DISPUTES
In partnership with the consultancy MDisputes, Climate Change Counsel assists private and public entities with disputes arising from projects related to climate change and decarbonization.
CCC provides research and analysis on the application of laws and regulations, and works with in-house legal departments to prevent and avoid climate-related disputes.
CAPACITY BUILDING: CLIMATE LAW AND BUSINESS
During 2022, Climate Change Counsel is providing a course on building a climate-resilient business model in collaboration with Florence International Dispute Resolution Academy (FIDRA).
The course aims to give the participants knowledge of climate change law, to give them the necessary know-how to assess climate-related risks, and to enable them to bring a climate change perspective to contract negotiation and drafting.
UNCITRAL NET ZERO LEGISLATIVE PROJECT
As part of the Net Zero Lawyers Alliance initiatives, it is proposed that an examination on how UNCITRAL might facilitate and accelerate global climate mitigation and adaptation goals by further strengthening the rules and standards in the field of international trade law.
Exploratory work in the field of investment in climate change mitigation and adaption, such as research and consultations to collect information on the latest trends in the world regarding the use of public-private partnerships, international contracts, international sale of goods and dispute resolution, is part of the proposal.
Potential outcomes of the exploratory work could include supporting technical assistance and capacity-building activities on the use of existing UNCITRAL texts and assisting developing countries in enabling their active participation in UNCITRAL’s work.
Climate Change Counsel works with Net Zero Lawyers Alliance and provides support in this initiative.
NORDIC LAWYERS FOR NET ZERO TRANSITION
Beginning in 2021, Climate Change Counsel is working with The Chancery Lane Project (TCLP) and the Net Zero Lawyers’ Alliance (NZLA, to be launched June 2021) to mobilise commercial lawyers in the net zero transition.
With a focus on legal communities in the Nordics, CCC will educate, organise and support lawyers in their roles as advisors and drivers of the current climate-centered economic transformation.
INTERNATIONAL LAW FOR GREEN INVESTMENTS
In 2017/18, the founders of Climate Change Counsel designed and implemented Stockholm Treaty Lab, an innovation contest that crowdsourced international law for a better climate.
Contestant teams from all over the world competed by submitting a model international treaty that would encourage investments in climate change mitigation and adaptation.
The project was nominated for the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Award in 2017, and participated in the 2018 Paris Peace Forum and the 2018 NY Climate Action Week.
GREEN TECH DISPUTES
In 2019, Climate Change Counsel founder Andrina Kjellgren conducted a study of green technology disputes for the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce.
The study explored the rise and nature of such disputes in the context of commercial and investment arbitrations.
INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION AND THE PARIS AGREEMENT
In 2016, the founders of Climate Change Counsel organized the international conference Bridging the climate change policy gap: The role of international law and arbitration.
Participants from around the world gathered to discuss whether and how arbitration can be used to further the goals of the Paris Agreement – for example by encouraging and safeguarding green investments.
The event was an initiative of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, together with the International Bar Association, the International Chamber of Commerce and the Permanent Court of Arbitration.
ARBITRATION AND CLIMATE CHANGE
For several years, Climate Change Counsel founder Annette Magnusson has been a thought leader on the relationship between arbitration and climate change.
With the increase in climate change litigation globally, Annette has advocated for the position that international disputes could drive necessary change in corporate and public policies for climate change.
Video: CCC founder Annette Magnusson speaks about climate change and arbitration at the ICCA Congress in Sydney, April 2018.
Editorial: Dispute resolution and climate change
Event: Panel discussion on dispute resolution in support of climate change policy at COP23 in Bonn