Tanja Mohr, 10G06, 2006 (Art at CAS, Winter 2009/10)

The Institutional Architecture for a 1.5 °C World

Law | Academic Year 2023/2024

Climate protection needs strong institutions. An institution is strong if it has a legal architecture – organization, personnel, procedures and competencies – that is appropriate for the specifics of its task. The fact that many states do not achieve their self-imposed climate goals indicates that the fit between institutions and tasks in the field of climate protection is less than optimal at present. Doubts are hence repeatedly articulated in this respect. Parliaments, for example, are said to be incapable of effective climate protection because MPs tend to orient their decisions towards short-term political success. International institutions would lack the necessary enforcement power, independent courts would not hold sufficient democratic legitimacy. But who then can, should and must be responsible? Which institution, by virtue of its design, is in a position to drive the change towards a climate-neutral society?

The CAS Research Group “The Institutional Architecture for a 1.5 °C World” aims to examine the correlations between the legal architecture of an institution and its potential to contribute to climate protection. To this end, “classic” institutions (parliaments, supreme courts, central banks) of different national legal systems and the EU will be compared and contrasted with institutions that were created or designed specifically for the purpose of climate protection (Platform on Sustainable Finance, International Sustainability Standards Board, European Financial Reporting Advisory Group). The aim is to systematically show how the individual elements of an institution's legal design affect its contributions to climate change mitigation. On this basis, the existing institutional architectures will be evaluated and reform proposals developed.


Prof. Dr. Ann-Katrin Kaufhold

LMU Munich


Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Veil

LMU Munich



Prof. Merijn Chamon, Ph.D.

Vrije Universiteit Brussel


Prof. Dr. Veerle Colaert

KU Leuven


Prof. Navroz Dubash, Ph.D.

National University of Singapore

Political Sciences

Cristián Flores Fernández

Humboldt Universität zu Berlin


Prof. Dr. Seraina Grünewald

University St. Gallen


Andrés Pirazzoli, LL.M.

Senior Climate Change Consultant Chile


Prof. Dr. Kirsten Schmalenbach

Paris Lodron University Salzburg


Dr. Maria Antonia Tigre

Columbia Law School


Junior Researchers Group

Zuzanna Buszman (University of Warsaw), Pieterjan Heynen (KU Leuven), Lena Kannenberg (LMU), Zsa Zsa Knödler (Radboud University), Maximilian Kurdow (LMU), Julia Nassl (Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg), Anna-Lena Vogt (LMU), Lorenz Wielenga (University of Cologne).


Tanja Mohr, 10G06, 2006 (Art at CAS, Winter 2009/10)

Tanja Mohr, 10G06

Tanja Mohr's art work “10G06” (2006) was part of her exhibition at CAS in winter 2009/10. © Tanja Mohr

To the exhibition at CAS