Our Work

We navigate barriers to transition and lean into net zero opportunities.

Legal frameworks, products and services are critical to aligning finance flows consistent with net zero.

The law can — and must — enable a just and equitable transition.

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Commit

The NZLA commitment is the gateway to the alliance.
This commitment broadly consists of:
Setting emissions reduction targets in line with Net Zero / 1.5°C.
Providing climate-related pro bono services through the NZLA.
Setting targets for capacity building and the provision of net-zero aligned advice.

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Capacity

Preparing all lawyers to be part of the solution.
NZLA members undergo capacity building. Key capacity building tools cover climate science, climate-related risk and opportunity, and the intersection of climate change and different practice areas. The NZLA also runs capacity building workshops for its members.

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Convert

Breaking down barriers and unlocking net-zero legal aligned advice
Members participate in NZLA accelerator groups focused on breaking down legal barriers to transition and using the law to create the enabling environment for transition. The formation of accelerator groups involves assessing the proposed subject matter against impact criteria, which include how central the law is to the problem and/or solution.
Accelerator groups include:
Antitrust
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Project Finance
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Fiduciary Duties
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International Trade Law
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NZLA members take on pro bono requests from stakeholders, which often fall under one of the accelerator group focus areas.

Publications

Failure to act on climate change violates human rights: the KlimaSeniorinnen case

On 9 April 2024 the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (the Court) handed down its judgment in Verein KlimaSeniorinnen Schweiz v Switzerland (KlimaSeniorinnen), finding that Switzerland violated the applicants' rights under Articles 6 and 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (the Convention) by failing to take adequate measures to mitigate climate change and the effect of global warming.
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US Law and Climate Atlas

The US Law and Climate Atlas is an online resource that maps the intersections between climate change and many different fields of law. Its concise outlines describe how different areas of the law are influencing - and are being influenced by - climate change.
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Framework for Net Zero Alignment

The Framework for Net Zero Alignment (“Framework”) provides guidance on the steps that commercial law firms (“firms”) can take to reduce their own greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions, manage firm climate-related risks and unlock opportunities to facilitate the global transition to net zero. The Framework recognises the unique skills and positioning of commercial lawyers to accelerate the transition in ways that go far beyond value chain mitigation.
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"The Net Zero Lawyers Alliance will accelerate the Race to Zero and facilitate systemic change in law and legal practice to help deliver a zero-carbon world in time."

Nigel Topping

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UN High Level Climate Champion for COP26

"It's fantastic to see the Net Zero Lawyers Alliance bring commercial lawyers into the collective effort to support businesses and financial institutions transition to net zero. Collaboration between lawyers and financial sector members of the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero will be an important part of building a financial system for net zero ahead of COP26."

Mark Carney

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Chair, Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ), UN Special Envoy on Climate Action and Finance Adviser to the Prime Minister for COP26

“I’ve seen some great announcements... we’ve seen at the climate week the launch of the Net Zero Lawyers Alliance, and this of course includes the likes of DLA Piper and Clifford Chance.”

The Rt Hon Alok Sharma

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MP, COP 26 President

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