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Margaretha   Wewerinke-Singh

School of Law
University of the South Pacific (Vanuatu)
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I speak in the following language(s): English, Dutch, French, Afrikaans, Bislama

Margaretha Wewerinke-Singh is a Lecturer in Environmental Law at the University of the South Pacific (USP)'s School of Law, based in Port Vila, Vanuatu.

Dr. Wewerinke-Singh’s research focuses on the actual and potential role of law (customary, domestic, regional and international) in sustainable development and responses to climate change. At USP's School of Law, she is further responsible for developing the Environmental Law programme and teaching and developing several courses in the field of Environmental Law.

Dr. Wewerinke-Singh has been involved in regional and multilateral processes related to climate change and human rights, in different capacities, since 2007. Most recently she served as a legal advisor to the Government of Vanuatu at the climate negotiations in Paris (2015) and Bonn (2016).
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  • PhD Research (2010 to 2015)
    State Responsibility, Climate Change and Human Rights under International Law — European University Institute, Department of Law
    The thesis employed an integrated analysis of three legal regimes – climate change, human rights, State responsibility – to elucidate the potential of innovative rights-based climate litigation that could shape and influence climate and energy policies around the world.
  • Academic Position (2013 to now)
    Affiliate — University of Cambridge, Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research
    Conducting research in the area of International Climate Change Law.
  • Consulting Work (2015)
    Climate Litigation in Pacific Island Countries — Greenpeace Asia-Pacific
    Legal research into options for climate litigation before domestic, foreign and international judicial and quasi-judicial bodies.
  • Academic Position (2015 to now)
    Lecturer in Environmental Law — University of the South Pacific, School of Law
    Conducting research and teaching in the fields of Environmental Law, Climate Change Law and Human Rights Law; developing the School's Environmental Law programme.

    Teaching, amongst other courses:

    - International Climate Change Law
    - International Environmental Law
    - Regional Environmental Law
  • Collaborative Project (2016 to now)
    Collaborative Research Project on Climate Law in Pacific Island Countries — University of the South Pacific, Macquarie University and Queensland University of Technology
    Ongoing inter-university research programme on the implementation of international climate change law in Pacific Island Countries. The research involves 18 students across the three universities, supervised by academics from each collaborating institution. Each year a different aspect of international climate change law will be investigated. In 2016 the topic is the Principle of Common but Differentiated Responsibilities and Respective Capabilities (CBDRRC).
  • Consulting Work (2016)
    Towards a Pacific Climate Treaty — Pacific Climate Action Network (PICAN)
    Drafted a Model Pacific Climate Treaty for discussion by Pacific Island leaders at the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) Leaders' Summit from 4-8 July 2016 in Honiara, the Solomon Islands.
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