Dr. juris Christina Voigt is the Chair of the World Commission on Environmental Law (IUCN-WCEL) and member of the IUCN Council. She is a professor at the Department of Public and International Law, University of Oslo, Norway and a renowned expert in international environmental law. She works in particular on legal issues of climate change, biodiversity conservation, environmental multilateralism and sustainability. Dr. Voigt is is a board member of the Global Judicial Institute on the Environment, IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, Forest and Community Initiative of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, Normandy Chair for Peace, and the International Council for Environmental Law.
Professor Voigt has published widely. For more than 10 years, she also worked as legal adviser and negotiator for the Government of Norway in the UN climate negotiations. At COP24 2018 in Katowice, she was co-facilitator for the negotiations on the rules for the Paris Agreement´s implementation and compliance committee. In 2019, she was elected by 195 states as a member of that committee and has been its inaugural co-chair since 2020. Professor Voigt has been engaged with the work of the IUCN WCEL for many years, including as the chair of the Climate Change Specialist Group of the IUCN WCEL and a member of the IUCN Climate Change Task Force. Professor Voigt was a member of the expert panel to draft a legal definition of "ecocide" as a potential international crime.
She is also an expert consultant for the UN Development Program and the UN Environment Program and co-drafted in this capacity the UN Secretary General´s Report "Gaps in international environmental law and environment-related instruments" (2018).
Key Areas of Expertise: Environmental law, climate change, sustainability and multilateralism
Languages: German, English and Norwegian