Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger



International Law on Sustainable Development, Treaty Negotiation and Implementation in Relation to Climate Change, Biodiversity, Natural Resources, Indigenous Rights, Global Green Economy

Prof Dr Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger, DPhil (Oxon) MEM (Yale) BCL, LLB (McGill), is an expert scholar, jurist and author on international law and governance for sustainable development. Laureate of the 2016 international Justitia Regnorum Fundamentum Award, she serves as Senior Director of the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL), fellow of the Centre for Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Governance and the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law (LCIL) at the University of Cambridge, and Professor of Law, Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo, Canada. She has served on the Board of the International Law Association Canadian Branch for over 10 years, and is Rapporteur of the ILA Committee on the Role of Law in Sustainable Resources Management. As author/editor of 22 books and over 90 papers in five languages, she edits the Cambridge University Press Series on ‎Implementing Treaties on Sustainable Development, and ‎serves on the editorial boards of 7 international and sustainable development law journals. She is Executive Secretary for the Climate Law and Governance Initiative, and Senior Legal Advisor to the Presidency of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change CoP22. She has also served as Senior Legal Advisor to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands; Senior Legal Expert, Sustainable Development for the International Development Law Organization (IDLO); Senior Research Director, Sustainable Prosperity; and A/Director in Natural Resources Canada, among other positions. Prof Cordonier-Segger chairs the World Bank Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development TWG on Environment and Natural Resources Law, leading it’s Climate Change CoP, and also serves as International Professor for the University of Chile and the University of Kisangani, on the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL), the Boards of the Trust for Sustainable Living and the Cordonier-Gehring Family Foundation, and the jury for several international granting bodies. She is a Councillor of the World Future Council, speaks 5 languages, and enjoys books, collecting artwork, and heritage and nature conservation.