Legal capacity building has been identified by many developing countries as a key priority if they are to make a meaningful contribution to the current climate change negotiations and be able to translate commitments made under the Paris Agreement into domestic laws and policies. In response, LRI has developed training tools for negotiators and national policymakers from Least Developed Countries and other vulnerable developing countries.

Free and Open E-Learning Course

Climate Change International Legal Regime

Based partly on LRI materials, UN Environment and UNITAR have produced an e-learning course on the UN climate regime. It is is designed to help participants understand the key provisions, commitments and mechanisms established under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Kyoto Protocol and Paris Agreement. Each lesson has practical interactive exercises and quizzes to test acquired knowledge. If done in one go, it takes approximately 3 hours to complete the course, excluding additional materials.  After completing all the units and passing the final quiz, participants receive a certificate of completion. The course is free to use. To access it, you will need to register directly on the course website:

Training Programmes

LRI works hand-in-hand with country stakeholders and partners to tailor training programmes that correspond to specific needs and stages in the UNFCCC negotiations process. Training programmes include teaching materials, presentations and practical exercises. Some of our training materials are available in the table below.

TopicsNotes and exercisesPresentations
Public international lawCourse notesPowerPoint presentation
International environmental law (IEL)Course notesPowerPoint presentation
Climate change regime – Convention, Kyoto Protocol and further negotiationsCourse notes
Procedural rules of the climate negotiationsCourse notesPowerPoint presentation
Treaty Law, drafting and interpretationCourse notes
Negotiation skills for lawyersPowerPoint presentation
 Compliance in international agreementsPowerpoint presentation
 Flexibility and final clausesPowerPoint presentation
 Legal aspects of the 2015 agreementPowerPoint presentation
 Enjeux de la COP21, formes de l’Accord, place des CPDNPowerPoint presentation
 Processus de Négociations sous la CCNUCCPowerPoint presentation