Professor Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger

Visiting Chair in Sustainable Development Law and Policy at The University of Cambridge


Visiting Chair in Sustainable Development Law and Policy (University of Cambridge), Senior Director of the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law & Executive Secretary, Climate Law & Governance Initiative

Trained in international law, public policy and sustainable development, Professor Cordonier Segger holds the Visiting Chair in Sustainable Development Law and Policy in the University of Cambridge, where she directs a programme on democratising education for global sustainability and justice and serves as senior law fellow and director of studies for LLMs and MCLs in Lucy Cavendish College, also a fellow of the Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Governance and the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law. She is also Senior Director of the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law, a Professor of Law in the University of Victoria, Canada, and Adjunct Professor in the University of Waterloo where she is a senior fellow of the Balsillie School of International Affairs and the Waterloo Climate Initiative. Building on her experience in treaty negotiation and implementation systems, her research addresses legal and governance innovations in response to global challenges of climate change; biodiversity loss; natural resources degradation; also trade, investment and financial law and the rights of future generations and indigenous communities, through inter-actional regimes.

Author or editor of over 25 books and more than 160 papers in six languages, she also co-edits the Cambridge University Press Series on Implementing Treaties on Sustainable Development and serves on the editorial boards of several law journals including the Cambridge Journal of International Law and the McGill Journal of Sustainable Development Law. She is also Vice President of the International Law Association of Canada, and Rapporteur of the International Law Association’s Committee on Sustainable Development of Natural Resources. She is a founder of the Hon Judge CD Gonthier Memorial Commission, and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network of Canada; chairs the Ethics and Sustainability Board of (a biomedical firm) and the International Law on Sustainable Development Partnership under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council, and is a Councillor of the World Future Council. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the UK Royal Society of the Arts, holds the Climate Law and Governance Global Leadership Award, the Justitia Regnorum Fundamentum and HE Judge Weeramantry International Justice Award, speaks five languages, and divides her time between Cambridge, Canada and Switzerland.

Prof Cordonier Segger also provides technical assistance to strengthen implementation of international treaties on sustainable development to the United Nations and through the UN and CISDL to governments in Africa, Asia Pacific and the Americas. She previously served as Senior Legal Expert in Sustainable Economic Development and Head of the Economic Growth and Trade Department of the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) in Rome, Italy; as Senior Legal Advisor to the Presidency of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP) in Bonn, Germany; as General Counsel to the Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance near Geneva, Switzerland; as Senior Director of Research, Sustainable Prosperity, and as a senior official in the government of Canada's Environment and Climate Change and Natural Resources departments.

She holds a PhD ad eundem gradum (University of Cambridge), DPhil in International Law (University of Oxford, Exeter College); an MEM (full honours, Yale, with a specialisation in Law, Policy & Economics), a BCL and an LLB (distinction, McGill University, Faculty of Law); and a BA Hons (distinction, top honours, University of Victoria & Carleton University, Canada, with a specialisation in Interdisciplinary Studies).