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,& CEENRG/LCIL Fellow, University of Cambridge

Professor Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger is 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) and Affiliated Fellow of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law (LCIL) at the University of Cambridge. 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 seven 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 on the Trust for Sustainable Living, the International Law Association, the UNESCO Voices of Future Generations Children’s Initiative and the World Bank’s Law Justice and Development TWG on Enviro and Natural Resources Law, and has founded over 20 grassroots and global organizations for justice, environment, human rights and sustainable development. She holds a DPhil of Intl Law from Oxford, a MEM from Yale, the BCL and LLB law degrees from McGill and a BA Hons, and speaks 6 languages.