The CCSG is a global network of lawyers, practitioners, judges, scholars, and practitioners form other disciplines. Because climate change is a cross-cutting issue, some of the group´s members work within different fields, both within and outside the IUCN and its commissions. The CCSG will draw on the expertise of its members in carrying out its work.
- Provide input and influence IUCN activities to address climate change
- Increase the relevance, understanding, and application of legal principles to combat climate change
- Offer policy advice on the interpretation, application and implementation of existing climate change-related laws
- Advise on the design of new legal tools addressing the relationship of laws related to climate change across different sectors (horizontal) and hierarchical layers (vertical)
- Assess and compare legal instruments in terms of fit, scale, and effectiveness to continuously improve legal regimes addressing climate change
- Expand understanding of the role of judicial and quasi-judicial avenues in climate change-related issues such as recourse to courts, compliance mechanisms, and dispute settlement
- Monitoring international negotiations with relevance to climate change including work under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the UN International Civil Aviation Administration (ICAO), the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
The Climate Change Specialist Group (CCSG) of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law seeks to give policy and legal input to the IUCN and its members with respect to legal issues involving climate change and its adverse impacts.