Prof. Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger

Senior Director, Center for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL); Executive Secretary, Climate Law & Governance Initiative; Full Professor of Law, University of Waterloo & Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor, University of Cambridge

Professor Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger is the Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor at the University of Cambridge, UK, and also a Full Professor of Law in the University of Waterloo, Canada, and Executive Secretary to the Climate Law & Governance Initiative, a UNFCCC partnership of legal institutes, universities, inter-governmental organizations and others supporting implementation of the Paris Agreement. She serves as Senior Director of the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL), an international research institute based in Montreal, Santiago, Cambridge and Nairobi; and as Founding Fellow of the Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Governance (CEENRG), Cambridge Zero and the Centre for Climate Change Engagement, also a Fellow of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law (LCIL) in the University of Cambridge, where she is senior Law Fellow and Director of Studies for Law Graduates at Lucy Cavendish College. She has published over 20 law books in four languages with OUP, CUP, Kluwer, Routledge and others; authored over 160 articles and reports; edits the CUP Book Series on Implementing Treaties for SD; and serves on the editorial boards of five law journals. Through the UN and for key countries, she negotiates and implements sustainable development treaties on biodiversity, climate change, natural resources, trade and investment, earning over 30 national commendations, the Justitia Regnorum Fundamentum and other awards, and serving as senior legal advisor to the UNFCCC, the CBD and the Ramsar Convention. She also serves as Vice-President of the International Law Association, as Secretary to the International Commission of the UNESCO Voices of Future Generations Children’s Initiative and as Chair of the Ethics and Sustainability Board of the award-winning purpose-led cell engineering and therapy firm, and has founded over 20 grassroots and global organizations for justice, environment, human rights and sustainable development. She holds a DPhil of International Law from Oxford, an MEM from Yale University, BCL and LLB law degrees from McGill and a BA Hons from the Universities of Victoria and Carleton in Canada, and speaks 6 languages. She is a Councillor of the World Future Council.