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ClientEarth Communications

13th November 2023

COP28 event: The contribution of international law courts and tribunals to the development of the international climate regime

Join us at the German Pavilion during COP28 for an event that delves into the influence of international courts and tribunals on the climate regime, the UNFCCC, the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement.

Recent requests for advisory opinions from the International Court of Justice, the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights point to a paradigm shift.

After some decades of law and policy-making through Conferences of Parties, attention shifts to law courts in the quest for interpretation of those (soft) laws.

What is to expect from those advisory opinions and what might be the consequences for international climate policy and negotiations? In which ways can those advisory opinions support the work of the climate regime?

This panel will discuss with youth organisations, international lawyers and practicioners the implications for the future of the UNFCCC, Kyoto Protocol and Paris Agreement.

Date and time: 3 December 2023, 16:30-18:00 in Dubai, 12:30-14:00 GMT, 13:30-15:00 CET

Location: German Pavilion - Zone A of the Blue Zone, Building 51


  • Moderation by Pierre Cannet, Global Head of Public Affairs & Policy at ClientEarth
  • Laura Clarke, ClientEarth CEO
  • Christina Voigt, University of Oslo and Chair of the Paris Agreement Compliance Committee
  • Jule Schnakenberg, World Youth for Climate Justice
  • Professor Payam Akhavan, Counsel for COSIS, Professor of International Law, Massey College, University of Toronto
  • Cynthia Houniuhi, president of Pacific Island Students Fighting Climate Change