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Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger  

Areas of Environmental Action:

Bioversity, Climate Change, Law, Forest 

Summary of Achievements:

Marie-Claire is a world-recognised writer and scholar, a leading international legal expert and practitioner in sustainable development law and policy. She is Director and founder of the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL), an independent legal research centre based at the McGill Faculty of Law, Canada, and a Fellow at the Lauterpacht Research Centre for International Law (LRCIL) at the Cambridge Faculty of Law, United Kingdom.

As author/editor of nine leading books on international law and policy on sustainable development, she recently completed a world lecture tour to promote treaty implementation, receiving brilliant reviews in Asia, Africa, Latin America, North America and Europe. Her books have been translated into three languages, and are used as textbooks in leading universities on four continents.

Marie-Claire's international legal practice focuses on helping developing and developed country governments to implement international law on sustainable development, and to address practical aspects of intersections between social and economic development and environmental protection. She works equally well in civil law and common law legal systems. She organized and chaired an International Law Symposium on Climate Change Compliance, Cooperation and Coherence at McGill University Faculty of Law as part of the 2005 Montreal COP/MOP. She has also served on the delegation of Canada in the negotiations of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity on access to genetic resources and benefit sharing, and on the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety implementation.

Marie-Claire was presented to her Majesty the Queen of England and HisHighness the Duke of Edinburgh on May 03, 2005. She has won many valuable and prestigious international awards, fellowships and grants.

Marie-Claire developed and teaches a lecture course on sustainable development law and policy for McGill University, the University of Victoria and the University of Montreal. She also developed and teaches a course on climate change, sustainable development and the law for High Court judges with the National Judicial Institute of Canada, and for the UN Learning Centre. She chairs 'International Law for Sustainable Development', a
partnership between CISDL, the International Law Association and the IDLO to implement the outcomes of the 2002 Johannesburg World Summit for Sustainable
Development. She advised Hon. Judge Charles Gonthier of the Supreme Court of Canada in the World Summit on Sustainable Development process. She served on the UNEP Gender and Environment Expert Group, and as an advisor and partner for several programmes with the UNEP Division of Policy Development and Law.

She contributes to her community, as a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Branch of the International Law Association, and co-chair of the ILA 2006 Toronto Biennial Conference programme. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, a member of the Canadian Bar Association, and served on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Environmental Network.

She holds a Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council(SSHRC) Fellowship at the Faculty of Law of Oxford University, where she completed her Ph.D. thesis in 2006; a Masters of Environmental Management in Economics, Environmental Law and Policy from Yale University, degrees in Civil Law and Common Law from McGill University and a Bachelors of Arts Honours degree. She speaks and writes fluent French, English and Spanish, as well as intermediate German and Portuguese.


Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger
Director, Centre for International Sustainable Development Law
Fellow, Lauterpacht Centre for International Law (LRCIL)
5 Cranmer Road Cambridge Faculty of Law Cambridge

United Kingdom

Email: mcsegger@cisdl.org
Website: www.cisdl.org / , www.law.mcgill.ca, http://lcil.law.cam.ac.uk