Voigt, Christina

Dr Juris Christina Voigt is professor at the Department of Public and International Law, University of Oslo, Norway.

Professor Voigt is an expert in international environmental law. She works in particular on legal issues of climate change, biodiversity conservation, environmental multilateralism and sustainability. 

She is the author of numerous academic articles and several edited volumes; most recently “International Judicial Practice on the Environment – Questions of Legitimacy” (Cambridge University Press, 2019) and “Courts and the Environment” (with Z. Makuch, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2018). Others include “Research Handbook on REDD+ and International Law (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2016) and “Rule of Law for Nature” (Cambridge University Press, 2013). In 2009, she was awarded the first Junior Scholarship Prize of the Academy of Environmental Law. 

Since 2009, she has also been working for the Norwegian government as lead negotiator on REDD+ (Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries) and as principal legal advisor in the UN climate negotiations; negotiating, inter alia, the Paris Agreement (2015) and the Katowice Rulebook for the Paris Agreement (2018). At COP24 in Katowice, she was co-facilitator for the negotiations on the rules for the Paris Agreement´s implementation and compliance committee. In June 2020, she was elected as the inaugural co-chair of that committee.

She is currently on the Steering Committee of “The Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order” (Pluricourts) research project, awarded Centre of Excellence status, where she is project coordinator for non-compliance mechanisms. 

Professor Voigt is a member of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL), a member of the IUCN Task Force on Climate Change and the chair of the IUCN WCEL´s Specialist Group on Climate Change. She is the official candidate for chair of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law, for election in September 2021.

She is also a 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).

Professor Voigt is Vice-President of the Norwegian branch of the International Law Association, and a member of the German Society for International Law. She is a member of the editorial board of Review of European, Comparative and International Environmental Law, the Journal of Human Rights and the Environment, Climate Law and Resource Management Theory & Practice as well as a member of the Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment, and senior legal counsel at the Center for Sustainable Development Law (CISDL).

She has two young sons and enjoys outdoor activities, such as sailing, hiking and skiing.

Personal website: www.christinavoigt.net