The city of Glasgow will play host to this year’s COP26 summit, bringing together parties to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. To mark COP26, the University of Glasgow is hosting a diverse range of research events and activities, exploring different aspects of how our research can tackle climate change. 

The School of Law will be holding a series of hybrid events, looking at the role of law in meeting environmental targets (please see find details of all those events here).


GCILS and the University of Glasgow are co-hosts of this year’s Climate Law and Governance Day, the major academic side event to COP26. CLGD will feature a range of high-level plenaries addressing various aspects of climate change law and governance and sixteen specialist sessions including expert panels, roundtable discussions and workshops. The specialist sessions will in include a broad range of topics, from ‘Urban Planning through Regulatory Frameworks for & Investment in Rapid Decarbonisation of Cities’, over ‘Mapping Climate Laws & Policies Using Machine Learning’, to ‘Advancing Youth Movements for Climate Justice in the World’s Highest Court’. The University of Glasgow will contribute to this rich programme with two sessions.

The Experts Panel on the topic ‘Rising Temperatures, Expanding Human Rights and the Obligations of States and Private Actors for Global Climate Justice’ hosted by GCILS and the University of Stirling and co-chaired by Dr Giedre Jokubauskaite, Lecturer in International Law at the University of Glasgow and Prof. Joanne Scott, Head of Department at the European University Institute will be discussing various themes human-rights-related themes such as: What are the key arguments in favour & against an expansive interpretation of core human rights obligations as means of achieving climate justice at the global level? Can human rights law be used to address the accountability gap in climate change law? What can leading human rights & climate justice experts offer as guidance on the limits of human rights &/or climate justice? 

You can find a full programme and the registration details of this 5 November event here.

Also, on 4 November we will host a talk by Professor Jörg P. Terhechte, on recent landmark decision on domestic courts and climate change. Please find details and registration for this talk here.

And the Revisions Seminar Series returns on 10 November 2021, 12noon via Zoom, at which we will hear from two leading scholars on ‘Climate Injustice, Reparations and International Law’. Our speakers talk directly to the COP26 agenda and will provide timely critical analysis of international law’s role in the intertwined issues of race, exploitation, and environmental degradation.

You can find the GCILS involvement in the climate change and sustainable development research on our Research and Special Areas pages. To read more on all the projects, publications and highlights of our work specifically in the area of climate change and global environmental governance, please go here.