Kate McKenzie, J.D., LL.M., Ph.D

Designated Managing Director
Kate McKenzie


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

Kate McKenzie is the designated managing director of the Institute for Climate Protection, Energy and Mobility (IKEM). She specialises in international climate law with a particular focus on climate change litigation, ocean governance, social justice, and inter-disciplinary research.

Kate studied law at Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio (USA) where she received her juris doctor (J.D.) with a specialisation in environmental law and graduated from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland with a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in global environmental law and governance. She holds a PhD in law from the University of Strathclyde where her research focused on climate change litigation, State due diligence and climate-related responsibility.

Alongside her research, Kate is the Managing Editor of the Carbon & Climate Law Review (CCLR) and has worked with the Climate Change Litigation Initiative (C2LI) since its inception.

Kate previously worked as a licensed attorney and a conflict resolution professional focusing on mediation, inter-organizational relationship building, and conflict prevention with an emphasis on social justice issues.