Research interests include the legal consequences of climate change from an international human rights law perspective; human rights-based approaches to sustainable development; and enforcement of international climate change law. 4CMR contact person for the Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development.
Margaretha Wewerinke has been a doctoral researcher in International Law at the European University Institute since 2010 and was a visiting scholar at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law in 2012-2013. Her doctoral research focuses on the responsibility of States under international law for the adverse effects of climate change on human beings. Her research interests extend from legal analysis to interdisciplinary perspectives on the role of international law in equitable development. Margaretha has advised governments on questions of international law at international climate change negotiations and at the UN Human Rights Council. She also worked with local organisations in Africa and Latin America on strategies to influence international climate negotiations, and designed and implemented a workshop on human rights approaches to international climate policy for government officials from small island States at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji. A recent project has been advising the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights on the possible role of international law in Africa's response to climate change.
- Wewerinke, M.J., 'Climate Change: Human Rights Committee, Ad hoc Conciliation Commission', in Gibney, M. and Vandenhole, W. (eds), Litigating Transnational Human Rights Obligations: Alternative Judgements (Routledge 2013)
- Wewerinke, M.J., 'Human Rights and Climate Change', SAGE Encyclopaedia of Global Warming and Climate Change (2nd edn, 2012)
- Wewerinke, M.J. and Doebbler, C.F.J., 'Exploring the Legal Basis of a Human Rights Approach to Climate Change' (2011) 10(1) Chinese Journal of International Law 141
- Wewerinke, M.J. and Doebbler, C.F.J., 'International Climate Change Action: Saving Human Rights After Cancun' (2010) 2 Indian Yearbook of International Law and Policy 119