Faculty and Timetable of the Course


The Koufa Foundation for the Promotion of International and Human Rights Law is pleased to announce the 7th Thessaloniki Summer Courses on “Climate Change and International Law”. The Summer Courses will be held in a hybrid format (in person and online via the zoom platform) from Tuesday 28 June 2022 to Thursday 7 July 2022 in Thessaloniki, Greece.

The Summer Course will focus on the international law responses to climate change. The complex phenomenon of climate change upends many constants of international law and calls for innovative solutions. Its unprecedented traits as a global threat, where scientific knowledge continuously evolves, its institutional arrangements and the multiplicity of actors involved in climate change governance have put a strain on international law and led to bold and groundbreaking normative developments, such as the principles of adaptation, mitigation and non-regression, the common but differentiated responsibilities, the emissions’ trade and the concept of nationally determined contributions and how their implementation can be monitored. The Summer Course will approach the evolving climate change regime and will also highlight the impact of climate change on other special fields of international law.

In this context, the Summer Course will delve into a variety of crucial aspects relating to climate change in contemporary international law. The lectures by renowned scholars and experts in the field will focus, inter alia, on the historical evolution of the international climate regime and the role of science; the main universal instruments, in particular the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement; the special rules on liability, loss and damage; the impact of climate change on the law of the sea, environmental law (with an emphasis on biodiversity), migration law or the law of armed conflict; the various types of climate change litigation and the challenges it represents for international justice; the relationship between climate change and human rights or international trade and investment law; the contribution of the EU and the Global South to the climate governance. These issues will be covered from a practical perspective by examining the most recent developments (including the COP26 in Glasgow) and the case-law of domestic and international courts and tribunals.

The director of the 7th Thessaloniki Summer Courses is:

Prof. Emmanuella Doussis, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, UNESCO chairholder on Climate Diplomacy


The speakers’ line-up for the summer course includes:

Keynote – Opening Ceremony

Laurence Boisson de Chazournes (Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Geneva)

International law and climate change”

Keynote – Closing Ceremony

Lavanya Rajamani (Professor of International Environmental Law, Law Faculty, Oxford University)

“Equity and Fairness in International Climate Change Law”


Nico Schrijver (Professor Emeritus of Public International Law, Leiden University │ former Academic Director at the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, Leiden University/Campus The Hague │ former President, Institut de droit international)

“The Urgency of Global Response to Climate Change. What role for international law?”


Constantinos Cartalis (Professor and Director of the Laboratory of Environmental Physics, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)

“What is climate change and how it translates into law? – science meets international lawyers”

Dr. Ioli Christopoulou (Policy Director & Co-founder, The Green Tank)

“Climate change and Biodiversity”

Emmanuella Doussis (Professor of International Institutions, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, UNESCO Chair on Climate Diplomacy)

“The International climate change regime: from Rio to Paris and beyond”

Maria Gavouneli (Professor, Faculty of Law, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens | President of the National Committee on Human Rights)

“Climate Change Litigation”

Markus Gehring (Director, Centre for European Legal Studies, Faculty of Law at the University of Cambridge and Director of Studies at Hughes Hall, Cambridge, Lead Counsel and Jean Monnet Chair in Sustainable Development Law, CISDL)

“Climate Change in International Trade and Investment Law”

Ioanna Hadjiyianni (Lecturer in Public, EU and Environmental Law at the University of Cyprus)

“The extraterritorial reach of EU Climate Law”

Alexandra Harrington (Lecturer in Law (Environment) at Lancaster University Law School | Research Director, Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL))

“Legal and governance responses to loss and damage”

Francesca Ippolito (Associate Professor of International Law, University of Cagliari and Jean Monnet Chair on European Climate of Change | Affiliate Professor of International Law to the DIRPOLIS; Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Pisa))

“Vulnerability and Climate Change”

Nilufer Oral (Member of the UN International Law Commission and Co-chair of the Study Group on sea level rise in relation to international law | Law Faculty, Istanbul Bilgi University | Director of the Centre of International Law, National University of Singapore)

“Climate change and sea level rise: the activities of the ILC”

Christina Voigt (Professor, Department of Public and International Law, University of Oslo | Co-Chair of the Paris Agreement Implementation and Compliance Committee | Chair, Climate Change Specialist Group of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law)

“Operationalizing the Paris Agreement Implementation and Compliance Committee”


Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger (Leverhulme Visiting Professor, University of Cambridge | Senior Director, Centre for International Sustainable Development Law | Full Professor of Law, University of Waterloo)

“Climate Change, the Sustainable Development Goals and International Law”

Ilias Plakokefalos (Research Fellow at the Athens PIL, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens | Research Fellow at the Marangopoulos Foundation for Human Rights)

“Climate Change and International Responsibility”


You may find more information on the application process, fees and scholarships here.

Please, find the timetable here.

Please, find the poster and the leaflet here and here.

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