World Commission on Environmental Law

Climate Change

The IUCN WCEL Climate Change Specialist Group (CCSG) is the principal source of legal advice to strengthen IUCN's delivery of legal solutions to address climate change and its adverse impacts.
Rhône Glacier, Valais, Switzerland

IUCN WCEL Climate Change Specialist Group

Christina Voigt, Chair

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Christina Voigt Photo: Christina Voigt








  • 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).


Chairs Emeriti

Richard Ottinger Photo: WCEL Richard Ottinger (Co-Chair 2008-2016)

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Wang Xi Photo: WCEL

Wang Xi (Co-Chair 2008-2016)

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