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International Climate Change Law

This research guide includes resources and tips to begin your research into international climate change law and to stay up to date on developments in this important field.


The websites of intergovernmental organizations can provide much valuable information.

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Secretariat (UN Climate Change)

This website provides the most complete and accessible information on the work of UN Climate Change, which facilitated the intergovernmental climate change negotiations and supports the various bodies that implement the UNFCCC, the Kyoto Protocol, and the Paris Agreement. It includes comprehensive information about

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

The IPCC assesses and provides scientific and technical information related to climate change and its impacts. Its website includes the reports produced at its conferences and technical papers, going back to the mid- 1990s.

UN Environment Programme- Climate Change

The UNEP helps countries implement environmentally sound policies. The climate change section of its website includes reports and news stories.

Useful Databases

Current Awareness Tools

Additional Resources

Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

Columbia Law School’s Sabin Center for Climate Change Law is a wonderful resource for all aspects of climate change law. In the international law field, the Center’s website includes the 2017 report it wrote for the UN Environmental Programme: “The Status of Climate Change Litigation: A Global Review.”

Other Research Guides

Here are five online research guides about international climate change or international environmental law generally that may be useful: