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Centre for Commercial Law Studies

COP26: What to expect

Date: 29 October 2021

The  Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary and the School of Transnational Law, Peking University hosted a special event ahead of the COP26 Climate Conference.

About this event

The Glasgow climate conference, COP26, will be the most significant global climate meeting since the adoption of the Paris Agreement in 2015, as the Paris architecture for ratcheting up ambition and action is tested for the first time. The Glasgow conference, delayed by a year, is also an experiment in holding a major UN meeting during the ongoing pandemic, introducing great unpredictability into an already challenging agenda. In this webinar, climate law scholars and practitioners offered a preview of this vital meeting for the global response to the climate crisis, including the road to Glasgow, key issues for decision and the prospects for a successful conference.


  • Professor Dr Rafael Leal-Arcas, Queen Mary University of London;
  • Associate Professor Dr Stephen Minas, Peking University;
  • Professor James Bacchus, University of Central Florida;
  • Dr Yulia Yamineva, Senior researcher & Docent in Climate Law and Policy, Centre for Climate, Energy and Environmental Law, University of Eastern Finland;
  • Dr Alina Averchenkova, Distinguished Policy Fellow and Lead, Governance and Legislation, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London School of Economics;
  • Laura Mai, Senior Research Fellow, Transnational Law Institute and Climate Law & Governance Centre, King’s College London
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