Pre-COP legal training course in London


Ahead of the UN climate conference in Glasgow, LRI is holding a four day training course for lawyers on delegations of developing country parties and civil society observer organisations.

The training, taking place in central London from 25-28 October, represents a combined effort by the legal community in the UK to strengthen the capacity of lawyers in the Global South to shape the national responses to climate change. Course topics, such as public international law, Paris Agreement, legislative drafting, carbon markets, climate risk insurance or human rights, are taught by experts from academia, government, NGOs and the private sector.

Participants are from Nigeria, Uganda, Burkina Faso, South Africa, Papua New Guinea and Australia. The course, therefore, provides a forum to exchange experiences, ideas, and good practices in different jurisdictions. As a result, participants will be better equipped to review and develop domestic legal frameworks for the implementation of the Paris Agreement, good governance and the rule of law. Strengthening their climate diplomacy skills, will also help to create a more level playing field between actors in the climate change negotiations. Unfortunately, two lawyers did not get their UK visas for the COP in time to travel to London.