We are delighted to announce that the University of Glasgow has been designated the official co-host of this year’s Climate Law and Governance Day (CLGD), which will run alongside the UN Climate Conference COP26 taking place in Glasgow this November. Register here for this event and the reception after the event.

Climate Law and Governance Day 2021 builds on a series of special events during the UNFCCC climate conferences since the 2005 Climate Conference in Montreal, and it aims to mobilize the international law and governance community to help implement the UNFCCC and more recently, the Paris Agreement in the context of the global Sustainable Development Goals. Since its founding, the event has successfully brought together hundreds of jurists, legal researchers, IGO officers, parliamentarians, national delegates, legal professionals, students and professors working on legal issues surrounding climate change. On the occasion of the last UN Climate Conference, which was held in Madrid in 2019, the CLGD attracted over 400 attendees, most of them accredited COP delegates from National Delegations, Intergovernmental Organisations and NGOs.


The symposium is the major academic and policy side event to COP26, and it will be held in cooperation with the University of Cambridge and the University of Strathclyde under the auspices of the Climate Law and Governance Initiative (CLGI), which is a world-leading partnership of law and governance faculties, expert institutes, international organizations, lawmakers, government delegates and practitioners.


This year’s event  takes place on Friday 5 November at the University of Glasgow, followed by the Specialization Course on 7 November at the University of Strathclyde, and is preceded by the preparatory academic conference on 29-30 October at the University of Cambridge. The CLGD will feature a range of sessions on trends and progress in climate law and governance worldwide, regionally and locally, sharing dialogue, practices and tools to support implementation of the Paris Agreement.

The sessions in the three events will focus on four main pillars of COP26:

  • Exploring the challenges and opportunities linked to the implementation of the Paris Agreement;
  • innovating legal and governance instruments for high ambition implementation;
  • engaging civil society and legal community in advancing climate resilience and climate justice; and
  • Exploring the legal tools and obstacles in promoting climate neutral investment and finance.

The event will be chaired by the renowned legal scholars on climate change law and high-profile policy makers, and is set to take place in a hybrid format featuring in-person as well as online-sessions.

The registration for the three events is NOW OPEN. Please register by pressing selecting the relevant link below:

Climate Law and Governance Day (5 November, University of Glasgow)

Climate Law and Governance Specialisation Course (7 November, University of Strathclyde)

Preparatory academic conference “Climate Change, the SDGs and the Law” (29-30 October, University of Cambridge)


The call for volunteers is now closed.