Kate McKenzie

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IKEM – Institute for Climate Protection,
Energy and Mobility e.V.

Kate coordinates IKEM’s activities at the annual United Nations Conferences of the Parties.

Kate is a PhD candidate researching climate change litigation in national courts with a particular focus on States’ due diligence obligations and climate change responsibilities under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. Alongside her research, Kate has been working with the Climate Change Litigation Initiative (C2LI) since its inception and has recently been named Managing Editor of the Carbon & Climate Law Review (CCLR). Kate is also a member of the One Ocean Hub, a programme funded by the UK Research and Innovation’s Global Challenges Research Fund (UKRI GCRF) aimed at tackling threats to the world’s oceans and transforming the global response to these urgent challenges.

Before returning to academia, Kate worked as a conflict resolution professional focusing on mediation, inter-organizational relationship building, and conflict prevention with an emphasis on social justice issues. She holds a Bachelor of Music from The Boston Conservatory, a JD from Capital University Law School, and an LLM in Global Environmental Law and Governance from the University of Strathclyde.