Times to be confirmed
Friday 29 April 2022

International Law Association British Branch Spring Conference 2022

A hybrid conference with virtual and in-person participation. 

University of Surrey

International Law and Climate Change

The conference will consider legal problems likely to emerge from ongoing changes resulting from climate change and its consequences, as set out in the 2021 IPCC report.

Panels comprising a mixture of invited and selected speakers will be convened on the following themes:

  1. Impact of rising sea levels on migration and Statehood
  2. Climate Change and International Trade and Investment Law
  3. Human Rights and Climate Change
  4. Litigating on Climate Change.

Call for papers 

The Organising Committee invite abstracts of no more than 300 words from academics and practitioners on any of the aforementioned panels.

Submissions must contain:

  • The title
  • The panel to which the submission is directed
  • The name, email address and affiliation of the author. 

To facilitate time management, joint submissions are discouraged.

As a guide, indicative questions that might be considered include emission-trading schemes, environmental regulations in trade agreements, fair and equitable treatment in national mitigation strategies, climate-induced migration, potential loss of Statehood, manifestation of the ‘right to a healthy environment’, development of an international crime of ‘eco-cide’, and implementation of the Paris Agreement in national courts.

Subject to any Government restrictions, the general expectation is that speakers based in the United Kingdom will present in person. In light of the pandemic and the need to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, arrangements have been put in place to facilitate the virtual participation of speakers and delegates who are based outside of the United Kingdom. 

Abstracts should be sent to ilaconference@surrey.ac.uk by 1 February 2022. Participants will be notified of the outcome by 18 February 2022.

Call for papers flyer

Keynote speaker

  • Professor Catherine Redgwell, Chichele Professor of Public International Law, University of Oxford


  • Professor Lavanya Rajamani, University of Oxford
  • Professor Nilufer Oral, National University of Singapore Centre for International Law, International Law Commission’
  • Professor André Nollkaemper, University of Amsterdam
  • Professor Laurence Boisson de Chazournes, University of Geneva and Matrix Chambers
  • Ms Wendy Miles Q.C., 20 Essex Street Chambers
  • Professor Alan Boyle, University of Edinburgh


  • Professor Christina Voigt, University of Oslo
  • Ms Oonagh Sands, Fietta LLP
  • Ms Michelle Jonker-Argueta, Senior Legal Counsel for Strategic Litigation, Greenpeace International
  • Dr Annalisa Savaresi, University of Eastern Finland
  • Dr Joana Setzer, London School of Economics
  • Ms Lucy Maxwell, Senior Legal Associate, Climate Litigation Network, Urgenda Foundation