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Special invitation to all children

Sat, 8 Aug 2015

Help to draft the 2015 Children’s Declaration for the World’s Sustainable Development Goals



Join us in the 2015 Children’s Summit on the World’s Sustainable Development Goals

20 September 2015, New York, USA



Our world is facing big problems of poverty, injustice, climate change, biodiversity loss, and lack of health, education, food and water for children. World leaders have drafted new global Sustainable Development Goals to try to protect the environment, realise human rights and promote development. They will agree on these Sustainable Development Goals at a special meeting of the United Nations in New York in September 2015.


This new global agenda will have an important impact on children and future generations, so WE must be part of the solution!


We, the child authors of the United Nations / Voices of Future Generations International Children’s Book Series, invite any and all children of the world to help us draft a 2015 Children’s Declaration on the World’s Sustainable Development Goals.


We plan to finalise our Children’s Declaration at a special Children’s Summit on the World’s Sustainable Development Goals on 20 September 2015 in New York and present it to senior decision-makers and world leaders of the United Nations and beyond.


We need to hear YOUR ideas on how we, as children, can raise our voices to save the planet and promote better access to our rights, and how we can contribute to make the world’s Sustainable Development Goals happen on the ground.



Concept Note


How to Contribute Your Ideas as a Voice of Future Generations

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Report on Human Rights Council side event

Fri, 26 Jun 2015

Last Tuesday the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law hosted a side event in relation to the 29th session of the Human Rights Council. The event focused on human rights and human mobility in the post-2015 development agenda. Engaging presentations and comments on the topic were given by José Riera from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Dina Ionesco from the International Organization for Migration, Justin Ginnetti from the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, Natalia Krynsky Baal from the Joint IDP Profiling Service and Atle Solberg from the Nansen Initative. François Crépeau, Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, provided concluding remarks on the importance of the post-2015 agenda for ensuring the human rights of migrants and for demonstrating that the rights outlined in the SDGs apply equally to migrants.




Human Rights Council Side Event

Mon, 15 Jun 2015

Human Rights and Human Mobility in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Human mobility now occupies a prioritised space in policy and agenda-setting discourse in the 21st century, and its inclusion and implementation in the Post-2015 Development Agenda has been called on by a number of international organisations and entities. This side event will address how international law can be used to frame migration and human mobility in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, and support the implementation of the SDGs and other international legal regimes to address issues related to human mobility.

Location: Room XXVII, Palais des Nations

Time: 17.00-18.30, 16th of June


Justin Ginnetti [Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre]

José Riera [Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees]

Natalia Krynsky Baal [Joint IDP Profiling Service]

Dina Ionesco [International Organization for Migration]

Atle Solberg [The Nansen Initiative]

Moderator: Amanda Kron [Centre for International Sustainable Development Law]

Concluding remarks: Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau


Sustainable Use of Wetlands and Water Conventions: Contributions of International Water Treaties to the SDGs

Sun, 7 Jun 2015

As the international community works to finalize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it is imperative to consider how legal measures developed under parallel processes and complementary treaty regimes can support implementation of the SDGs on water and wetlands. As decision-makers, experts, professionals and civil society leaders, you are invited to join an International Roundtable at CoP12 of the RamsarConvention to share knowledge and set the new agenda for synergies among international water treaties to support achievement of the ambitious SDGs on water and wetlands.

CoP12 Side-Event Format

This roundtable will bring decision-makers and policy specialists from key countries, specialized UN agencies and international organizations, indigenous and local communities and legal experts and practitioners to help define the contribution of international law towards the post-2015 development agenda for water. In this roundtable, participants will help to define a complementary new law, governance and research agenda for the world’s international water regime, setting new priorities for achievement of the SDGs.
•Highlight synergies, interfaces and common principles among the New York, Helsinki and RamsarConventions on water and wetlands
•Identify alignments and contributions of the international water regime to the achievement of SDG 6 and other relevant SDGs
•Develop new law and governance research priorities, proposals and partnerships

On Saturday 6 June 2015 at 13:15 in Punta del Este Room B, after an opening address and a senior experts panel on new trends in international water regimes, please join this roundtable discussion to share leading national experiences and build new partnerships.


Report on the Bonn Roundtable

Sat, 30 May 2015

Climate Law & Governance Roundtable: Legal Challenges of the New Climate Agreement

3pm – 6pm / Thursday 4th June 2015 / Bonn, Germany

Hosted by Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL) / Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)  / Lauterpacht Centre for International Law (LCIL) / Center for Climate and Resilience Research (CR)2

The event, International Challenges in a New Climate Agreement, an International Climate Law & Governance Roundtable occured from 3pm to 6pm on June 4, 2015, in the President Hotel, Clemens-August-Straße 32-36, Poppelsdorf, 53115 Bonn, Germany.

Law and governance could help or hinder efforts to implement the proposed 2015 Climate Agreement. Key international and domestic law and governance questions raised by the draft Climate Agreement text can be identified and analysed, to assist Parties and key institutions in their preparations for just and sustainable new commitments. Many countries plan to reform their laws and institutions across diverse economic, environmental and social sectors in order to address the challenges of climate mitigation, resilience, technology, finance and accountability, leading to a pressing need for legal knowledge, expertise and capacity building.

This International Roundtable brought together climate law and governance experts, specialists and researchers, to exchange ideas and discuss key legal issues raised by the post-Geneva ADP text, helping to shape a law and governance research, education and capacity-building agenda towards Climate Law and Governance Day at the Paris COP21 and beyond.

The Climate Law & Governance Roundtable was hosted by the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL), the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law (LCIL) at the University of Cambridge, the Centre for Climate Resilience Research (CR)2 in Chile, and a consortium of leading university law faculties and research institutes from across Africa, Asia-Pacific, the Americas and Europe.


Report on an International Law and Sustainable Development Seminar

Thu, 23 Apr 2015

Thursday 30 April 2015 2-5pm followed by Garden Reception 5pm-6:30pm
Contributions of International Law to the Future UN Sustainable Development Goals:

An International Research, Law & Governance Seminar
2-5pm, 30 April, LCIL Old Library, 5 Cranmer Rd, University of Cambridge Faculty of Law

After a presentation by one of the UN leaders of the global negotiations on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), this international experts and jurists seminar focused on how international law can contribute to the implementation of the SDGs, defining the emerging research and international law agenda on these crucial world priorities in the post-2015 development agenda.

Welcome: Dr Markus Gehring, LCIL & Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge & Prof Jorge Vinuales, Director, C-EENRG, University of Cambridge

Keynote Speaker: Mr Nikhil Seth, Director, United Nations Division on Sustainable Development

- Ms Amanda Kron, Programme Coordinator, CISDL, Contributions of international law to ending poverty
- Dr Stuart Bruce, Associate Fellow, CISDL, Contributions of international law to sustainable energy for all
- Dr Claire Fenton-Glynn, Research Fellow, CISDL, Contributions of international law to achieving the education SDG
- Mr Frederic Perron-Welch, Programme Coordinator, CISDL & Prof Jorge Cabrera, CISDL/University of Costa Rica, Contributions of international law to protect biodiversity
- Ms Katherine Lofts, Programme Coordinator, CISDL & Dr Robert Kibugi, University of Nairobi, Contributions of international law to urgent action on climate change (online)
Chairs: Dr Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger, Senior Director, CISDL & Fellow, LCIL, University of Cambridge and Ms Vuyelwa Kuuya, Legal Research Fellow, CISDL & Fellow, University of Oxford School of Politics
The seminar will be followed by a Special Guests Reception in the Gardens from 5-6:30pm, weather permitting, to commemorate the United Nations and Voices of Future Generations partnership which was launched on the 25th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Co-hosted by the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL) and the Lauterpacht Centre on International Law (LCIL), University of Cambridge
Mr Nikhil Seth - Director, Division for Sustainable Development

Nikhil Seth, Director of the Division for Sustainable Development, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), led the Secretariat for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). He currently leads the world’s efforts to agree on global Sustainable Development Goals, which will be announced in the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015.
During his career with the United Nations since 1993, Mr. Seth has served as Special Assistant and Chief of Office to the Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Chief of the Policy Coordination Branch in the Division for ECOSOC Support and Coordination, as Secretary of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the Second Committee of the General Assembly, and as Director of the DESA Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination, where he guided the ECOSOC's work in implementing several new key mandates, including its Annual Ministerial Review and Development Cooperation Forum. Before joining the UN Secretariat, he was a Delegate to the UN in the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations and involved with various UN conferences and summits including the Rio Summit on Environment and Development, the Copenhagen Summit on Social Development, the Monterrey Conference on Financing for Development, the Mauritius Conference on Small Island Developing States, the Millennium Summit, World Summit on Sustainable Development and the UN World Summit.  He joined the Indian diplomatic service in 1980 and his diplomatic assignments included Geneva, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.


Launch of Charles D. Gonthier Memorial Lecture Series

Sat, 28 Mar 2015

The Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL), in collaboration with the Charles D. Gonthier Legacy Committee extends an invitation to the Gonthier Memorial Lecture which will take place at the McGill University Faculty of Law in Montreal on Friday, May 22nd, 2015. Registration Link.

The Gonthier Lecture Series was initiated in light of the significant impact that Supreme Court Justice Charles D. Gonthier had upon several generations of Canadian and international jurists in promoting a responsible, just and equal society. He was also a founding member of the CISDL Board of Governors.


“Responsibility, Fraternity and Sustainability in International Law”

His Excellency Judge James Crawford of International Court of Justice

The Inaugural Gonthier Memorial Lecture

22 May, 2015 / Montreal, Canada

The Gonthier Memorial Lecture will take place at the McGill University Faculty of Law and Faculty Club Ballroom in Montreal, Canada, on Friday, May 22nd, 2015. We have the pleasure of welcoming His Excellency Judge James Crawford, AC, recently appointed to the International Court of Justice; former Whewell Professor of International Law at the University of Cambridge and Chair of the University of Cambridge Faculty of Law; author of The Creation of States in International Law’ and ‘Chance, Order, Change: The Course of International Law’ among other leading books, and Counsel to nearly 100 key international disputes of our century, to speak on the role of international law in securing a just and sustainable world in the future.

A Welcome Reception, co-hosted by leading Canadian law faculties and law firms together with several key student-led law journals, will be held in the Atrium of the McGill Faculty of Law from 5pm to 6:30pm. The free Gonthier Lecture of His Excellency Judge James Crawford will then be held at the Faculty Club of McGill University from 6:30 to 8pm, in the main Ballroom. Directly following, there will be a Banquet Dinner held in the Faculty Club Dining Hall at 8pm, as a charitable benefit. 

For further details, please see:

Invitation (English)

Invitation (French)

Please reserve now for the (free) Reception and Lecture.

Please also purchase your tickets for the Banquet Dinner now, before places become scarce.

Reservations can be made in two ways:

1) by visiting the following Eventbrite page:

2) by filling out the RSVP form in the invitations available here Invitation (English) and Invitation (French), and for the Banquet Dinner, sending a cheque to the CISDL (address in form)
This special event on 22 May in Montreal promises to be a key highlight of the international law calendar for Canada in 2015.

As those who had the privilege to know him are aware, judicial integrity, responsibility and fraternity were important values to Honourable Judge Charles D Gonthier. The legacy of values he embraced is kept alive through the Gonthier Endowment Fund established in his name, to support a new series of biennial Lectures. A world-class high caliber program equal to the man’s stature was envisioned, and we are pleased to unveil it with this invitation. If your institution or firm is interested in becoming a partner, you are very welcome. Contact the Gonthier Legacy Committee, directed to Ms Stephanie Blakely, Research Officer, CISDL (Stephanie.Blakely@mail.mcgill.ca) and Ms Christine Robertson, Gonthier Legacy Committee (Robertson.Christine@gmail.com), cc’ing Dr Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger, Senior Director, CISDL (mccs2@cam.ac.uk), for details.



Publication of a new series of working papers on Public Participation and Climate Governance

Thu, 12 Mar 2015

The Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL), the Governance, Environment & Markets Initiative at Yale University (GEM), and the Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law (NIEM) of the Arctic Centre (University of Lapland) are pleased to announce the publication of a new series of working papers on Public Participation and Climate Governance. 

The principle of public participation has long been recognized as key to effective and equitable climate policy and governance. Article 6 of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) thus outlines States’ responsibilities to promote and facilitate, inter alia, education and public awareness, public access to information, public participation, training, and international cooperation with respect to addressing climate change and its effects. 

This series of working papers presents new and rigorous research on public participation and climate governance by scholars, policy-makers and practitioners. Contributions include analyses of the legal developments, practices and discourses associated with public participation in various climate change-related fora; case studies of the development and application of the concept of public 
participation and climate governance, including best practices and challenges; and theoretical and critical reflections on the notion of public participation and its relevance to the pursuit of equitable and effective climate governance.

The series is edited by Sébastien Duyck (NIEM), Sébastien Jodoin (McGill University / GEM) and Katherine Lofts (CISDL).

The working papers are available below:

Public Participation and Climate Governance: Opening up or Closing Down Policy Options by Gwendolyn Blue

Picturing Climate Governance: Photovoice and Public Participation by Yanjun Cai

Managing Energy Demand through Local Public Participation: Examples from Japan and France by Magali Dreyfus

The Need for a Rights-Based approach to the Clean Development Mechanism by Eva Filzmoser, Juliane Voigt, Urska Trunk, Karen H. Olsen, and Ademola Oluborode Jegede

When do Stakeholders Share Information ? Insights from Community Forestry in Lamantar, Nepal by Akitaka Wilhelm Fujii and Smriti Bhandari

Public Participation, Deliberative Democracy, and Climate Governance: Learning From the Citizens’ Panel on Edmonton’s energy and Climate Challenges by David Kahane and Mary Pat MacKinnon

Le principe de participation du public à la gestion des forêts dans le Bassin du Congo : forces et faiblesses par Dr. Emmanuel  D. Kam Yogo

Building Climate Governance through the Model Forests Platforms:  Reflections and Challenges by Josique Lorenzo and Roger Villalobos

Experimental Sustainability Governance: Jazzing up Environmental Blues by Joachim Monkelbaan

Youth Participation in Climate Change for Sustainable Development by Joanne Narksompong, and  Sangchan Limjirakan

Forests and Climate Change: Strategies and Challenges for Brazilian Civil Society Organizations between 2005 and 2010 by Ana Leonardo Nassar de Oliveira

“Full and Effective Participation” in the UNFCCC REDD+ Implementation in Cambodia by Pheakkdey Nguon

National Legislative Responses to REDD+ and Community Safeguards, Co--‐Benefits and Community Participation in Bangladesh by Sharaban Tahura Zaman, and M. Hafijul Islam Khan

Symposium Report: Biodiversity, Sustainable Development and the Law

Tue, 3 Mar 2015

From 21 - 22 February, the CISDL - in conjunction with CIFOR, UNEP-WCMC and the University of Cambridge, convened a high profile symposium in Cambridge, UK on the topic of Biodiversity, Sustainable Development and the Law
Hosted at the beautiful St. John's Divinity School, the symposium brought together academic and practicing lawyers, scientists and policy makers to discuss a broad range of pressing issues concerning biodiversity and international governance. Keynote addresses were given by the Executive Secretaries or Secretaries-General (or high level representatives thereof) of the key international environmental treaties, including CMS, CITES, CBD and the Ramsar Secretariat. Arrayed around these were a series of intensive panels and plenaries addressing such questions as the implementation of international environmental agreements, natural resources governance, sustainable communities, value chains and the science/policy/law interface.
A further highlight of the symposium was a dinner held in the hall of Westminster College, which included a further keynote by Justice Antonio Benjamin of the Supreme Court of Brazil. This also proved a fitting occasion to announce the launch of the Centre for Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources Governance (C-EENRG), a research centre based in the Department of Land Economy at the University of Cambridge, founded on the initiative of Professor Jorge Viñuales.
In all, the symposium was a signal success, demonstrating the vibrancy of thought within the wider biodiversity community and the great future that the field possesses, notwithstanding the practical challenges ahead.
Pictures of the event are available here

Colloquium: Sustainable Law: Changing Contexts and the Law

Tue, 10 Feb 2015

On behalf of the McGill International Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy, the CISDL would like to extend to its members and partners a warm invitation to our second annual colloquium, entitled “Sustainable Law: Changing Contexts and the Law”. The colloquium is a bilingual event, which will take place from 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm Friday, February 13th at the McGill University Faculty of Law in Montreal.

The purpose of this colloquium is to build a dialogue about the role and adaptability of law to economic and social changes, especially in the context of development. In particular, questions regarding:

(a) law's role protecting human rights in the context of economic development; and
(b) law's role in preventing and correcting social injustices, are of pressing importance.

These two themes represent the topics of discussion of our two panels.

Cognizant of the multidimensional nature of development, the Journal hopes to foster dialogue between various parties, including lawyers, practitioners, academics and students. The keynote lecture will be delivered by Me Philippe Tremblay, Director of Programs and Development
at the International Bureau for Children’s Rights. 

The colloquium has been accredited by the Barreau du Quebec for 4.5 hours of mandatory continuing education. There is no cost associated with the colloquium, and lunch will be provided. The colloquium will be followed by a cocktail hour.

For more information, please see the attached flyer, or visit the Facebook event page. Registration for the colloquium can be done through our online form.



Voices of Future Generations: Children's drawing competition

Fri, 6 Feb 2015

The CISDL is proud to support the Voice of Future Generations - Children’s book series. The series is an exciting and novel approach to hear the perspective of children on topics that matter to them such as education, justice, health, food, water and a clean environment. In this context, children are invited to participate in a creative drawing contest. Grab your pencils, erasers and share with us and other children in the world the power of your imagination by drawing an invention that can help children enjoy their right to education, justice, health, food, water, and a clean environment or simply to play.  

The Voices of Future Generations International Commission shall select Winning Inventions / Drawings. Entries will be published in a new Voices of Future Generations Children’s Poster and on the Children’s Book Series Website in several UN languages, recognizing the winning children’s name, age and town/country, and an Award Certificate shall be sent to the child. 

Call for Drawings



Open invitation to the International Symposium: Biodiversity, Sustainable Development and the Law

Mon, 2 Feb 2015

Open Invitation

… Are you an expert, policy-maker, professional, scholar or student working on law and policy aspects of biodiversity, protected species and sustainable development?
… Would you contribute to a discussion world-class international conference on key challenges and innovative legal solutions for the implementation of international treaties on biodiversity, species at risk, forests and wetlands?
Join the Cutting-Edge Global Conversation on Biodiversity Law + Governance in Cambridge
Calling all interested policy makers, lawyers, academics, scientists and students to register now for the International Symposium:
Biodiversity, Sustainable Development and the Law
20-22 February, 2015
Cambridge, UK
Join Us in Cambridge for Four Feature Events:

* CITES as a Tool for Sustainable Development: Experts Seminar / 9am-6pm Friday 20th Feb 2015
(Hughes Hall, Cambridge, Wollaston Road, Cambridge CB1 2EW)

* Combatting Illegal Wildlife Trade: Public Guest Lecture Event / 7pm Friday 20th Feb 2015
Invited Lecturers: Mr John Scanlon, Secretary-General, CITES & Dr Jon Hutton, Director, UNEP-WCMC
(Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge, 10 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DZ)

* Biodiversity, Sustainable Development and the Law: International Symposium / 9am-6pm Saturday 21st - Sunday 22nd Feb 2015
(St John’s Divinity Schools, Cambridge, directly across from St John’s College, Saint Johns Street, Cambridge CB2 1TP)

* Biodiversity Governance: Symposium Dinner & C-EENRG Launch Event / 7:30pm-11pm Saturday 21st Feb 2015
(Westminster College, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0AA)
Biodiversity degradation and loss has reached alarming levels. While international treaties, including the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species), the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, can make an important difference, they also face many practical legal and governance challenges. How are biodiversity accords helping the world to advance sustainable development?  What more must be done, and how can better law and governance systems help? In their talks, global environmental leaders and practitioners will share valuable insight on the past successes, current hurdles and potential future solutions regarding these common problems.
Organized by the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL) and the University of Cambridge LCIL, C-EENRG and UCCRI, together with the Secretariats of four international treaties on biodiversity, the world-leading UNCGIAR Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (WCMC), this international symposium will take place over two days in Cambridge from 21 - 22 February 2015, preceded by an Experts Seminar and Guest Lecture at the Faculty of Law on 20 February 2015. The event features world-class speakers from across the field, with highlights such as:
Keynote addresses from the General Secretaries and senior representatives of four international treaties on biodiversity and sustainable development, including Mr John Scanlon (Secretary-General, CITES), Dr Bradnee Chambers (Secretary-General, CMS), Dr Chris Briggs (Secretary-General, Ramsar Convention); and Dr Amy Fraenkel (Representative of Executive Secretary, CBD), also from Dr Jon Hutton (Director, UNDP-WCMC), Dr Andrew Wardell (Director, CIFOR) and Dr Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger (Senior Director, CISDL);
Plenary and senior experts panels on key emerging issues of law and sustainable development, chaired by global leaders in the field, such as Professor Catherine Redgwell (University of Oxford), Dr Kala Mulqueeny (ADB), Dr Valerie Hickey (World Bank), Dr Marcos Silva (CITES Secretariat), Professor Jorge Cabrera (UCR), Dr Alberto Sandoval (CIDEPP), Dr Markus Gehring (University of Cambridge / CISDL), Professor Marcel Szabo (Ombudsman for Future Generations) and others; and
Symposium Dinner Event in the Westminster College Dining Hall, with keynote from the Hon Justice Antonio Benjamin of the Supreme Court of Brazil (tbc), and launch of the new Cambridge C-EENRG with Professor Jorge Vinuales, University of Cambridge.

Registration for both the conference at the conference dinner may be completed via Eventbrite: http://tinyurl.com/kqvk5vy

Places are limited, so please register early to avoid disappointment.

2013-2014 Annual Report

Mon, 26 Jan 2015

The CISDL is proud to release its annual report for the 2013-2014 period. In the report, you will find an overview of the CISDL, its mission and its fellowship as well as the latest contributions of the various CISDL Programmes. Finally, you will also be able to read the report of our international secretariat as well as a summary of our financials

CISDL 2013-2014 Annual Report

Legal Essay Competition 2014 - Winners Announced in Lima, Peru at UNFCCC CoP20

Fri, 16 Jan 2015

International Law for Sustainable Development - Legal Essay Competition 2014 - Winners Announced in Lima, Peru at UNFCCC CoP20
The Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL) is pleased to announce the winners of the International Law for Sustainable Development Legal Essay Competition 2014.

The Competition was hosted by the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL), in cooperation with the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law (LCIL) at the University of Cambridge, the Centre for Research on Climate Resilience (CR2) at the University of Chile, and the Centre for Advanced Studies in Environmental Law and Policy (CASELAP) at the University of Nairobi.
Law students at the undergraduate and graduate level from around the world were invited to present submissions under the theme: "Climate Change, Sustainable Development and the Law: Governance Challenges and Innovations."

Our panel of judges considered the entries and announced the winners in December 2014 at a special awards ceremony in the Law, Governance & Climate Change International Law and Policy Workshop, during the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (CoP20) in Lima, Peru. The winners and their topics are:

- Guillermo Umana Restrepo, "CDM in the Transport Sector for Sustainable Development – Colombia’s Experience"
- Katherine Lofts, "Legal Innovations for REDD+ Benefits Distribution – Vietnam’s Experience"

- Brenda Ambani, "Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Land Rights – Kenya’s Experience"
- Daniel Schuppert, "Climate Change, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification and Multi-Level Governance"

- Carissa Wong, "Director Duty of Care and Liability for Climate Change – US and China’s Experiences"

The winning essays will be published by the CISDL in a special working paper series in 2015. The CISDL would like to thank all the contestants from around the world for participating in the 2014 Legal Essay Competition.

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