Legal capacity building has been identified by many developing countries as a key priority to make a meaningful contribution to the current climate change negotiations. In response, LRI has developed training tools for negotiators and country officials from Least Developed Countries and other developing countries.

Free and Open E-Learning Courses

Introductory course to the Paris Agreement

In collaboration with UN Environment (UNEP), LRI has produced an e-learning course on the Paris Agreement. It is is designed to help participants understand the building blocks and main provisions of the Paris Agreement and the accompanying COP decisions. If done in one go, it takes approximately 2 hours to complete the course, excluding additional materials.  After completing all the units and passing the final quiz, particpants receive a certificate of completion. The course is available here . Please register directly on the course website:

Introductory Course to the UNFCCC

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In partnership with LRI,UNEP has developed an introductory course to the UNFCCC. The UNFCCC course introduces participants to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and its Kyoto Protocol. It describes the key provisions, commitments and mechanisms established by the Convention and protocol. If done in one go, it takes less than 2 hours to complete, excluding additional materials. After completing all the units and passing the final quiz, participants receive a certificate of completion. Please 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