Margaretha Wewerinke-Singh is Assistant Professor of Public International Law. Her research broadly speaking focuses on the role of law in addressing sustainable development challenges. Her recent book, State Responsibility, Climate Change and Human Rights (Hart Publishing) explains when and where State action related to climate change may amount to a violation of human rights. In 2018 she received a NWO Veni-grant for her project Climate Justice through the Courts (2019-2021). This project uses socio-legal research to investigate the effectiveness and potential drawbacks of rights-based climate litigation.
From 2015 to 2018, Margaretha was a (Senior) Lecturer in Environmental Law at the University of the South Pacific (USP) School of Law in Port Vila, Vanuatu. Amongst other things, she carried out research into the impact of climate displacement on the enjoyment of human rights. She remains affiliated with USP as an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in Environmental Law, supporting, amongst other things, Pacific Island students advising their national delegations at international climate change negotiations. She is currently also working on an open-access edited volume Environmental Law and Governance in the Pacific: Climate Change, Biodiversity and Communities (with Evan Hamman, under contract with Routledge).
Margaretha’s research builds on more than a decade of involvement in legal processes related to sustainable development and human rights. Amongst other things, she has acted as a legal adviser to governments at international climate change negotiations, represented non-governmental organisations at the UN Human Rights Council, and advised the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the nexus between climate change and human rights in Africa. She is currently advising the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights’ Regional Office for the Pacific on human rights and climate justice, and serves as the Deputy Regional Director for Europe of the Global Network on Human Rights and the Environment.
Margaretha holds a PhD from the European University Institute, a European Master’s in Human Rights and Democratisation (E.MA) from the European Inter-University Centre on Human Rights and Democratisation, a Graduate LLB from Nottingham Law School and a BA (Philosophy) and BSc (Cultural Anthropology & Development Studies) from the Radboud University. She received a Lord Justice Holker Award from the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn (London) and was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2014.
- Foukona J., Khan M.A.A., Ly R., Middleton C., Nikku B.R., Quan R.J.D., Salamanca A., Scott M., Umar A.R.M., Van Geelen T. & Wewerinke-Singh M. (2020), Submission to the UN High Level Panel on Internal Displacement, (Asia Pacific Academic Network on Disaster Displacement). [other].
- Mechler R., Singh C., Ebi K., Djalante R., Thomas A., James R., Tschakert P., Wewerinke-Singh M., Schinko T., Ley D., Nalau J., Bouwer L.M., Huggel C., Huq S., Linnerooth-Bayer J., Surminski S., Pinho P., Jones R., Boyd E. & Revi A. (2020), Loss and Damage and Limits to Adaptation: Recent IPCC Insights and Implications for Climate Science and Policy, Sustainability Science 15(4): 1245-1251.
- Wewerinke-Singh M. (27 April 2020), Taking human rights seriously in the face of COVID-19 and the global climate crisis. The Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights [blog entry].
- Rose J., Wewerinke-Singh M. & Miranda J. (2019), Primal Scene to Anthropocene: Narrative and Myth in International Environmental Law, Netherlands International Law Review 66(3): 441-473.
- Day J., Wewerinke-Singh M. & Price S. (2020), Eviction Is Not a Disaster, Development Policy Review .
- Wewerinke-Singh M. & Salili D. (28 June 2019), Vanuatu: The Challenging Path to Achieve Redress for Loss and Damage. Climate Strategies and Climate Policy Blog [blog entry].
- Wewerinke-Singh M. & Salili D.H. (2020), Between Negotiations and Litigation: Vanuatu’s Perspective on Loss and Damage from Climate Change, Climate Policy 20(6): 681-692.
- Day J. & Wewerinke-Singh M. (2019), Learning from Survivors of Development-Induced Displacement: Operationalising Vanuatu's New Displacement Policy Toward an Inclusive Capital City. Geneva: International Displacement Monitoring Centre.
- Banks E., Day J., Gonzales Parra C., Price S., Sigamany S., Simon J., Wewerinke-Singh M., Halmo D.B. & Downing T.E. (2019), Response to the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation's Questionnaire on the Impacts of Megaprojects on the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation, (International Network on Displacement and Resettlement). [other].
- Comar I., Yamin F., Wewerinke-Singh M. & Doebbler C.F.J. (2019), Brief of Amicus Curiae International Lawyers for International Law in the case of Juliana et al v United States of America, United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit. [other].
- Wewerinke-Singh M. & Van Geelen T. (2018), Protection of Climate Displaced Persons under International Law: A Case Study from Mataso Island, Vanuatu, Melbourne Journal of International Law 19(2).
- Wewerinke-Singh M. (2018), Written Statement for the National Inquiry on the Impact of Climate Change on the Human Rights of the Filipino People, Republic of the Philippines Commission on Human Rights. Manila, the Philippines, (Republic of the Philippines Commission on Human Rights). [other].
- Puig D., Wewerinke-Singh M. & Huq S. (2019), Loss and Damage in COP25: UNEP-DTU.
- Wewerinke-Singh M.J. (2019), Remedies for Human Rights Violations Caused by Climate Change, Climate Law 9(3): 224-243.
- Wewerinke-Singh M. (2019), State Responsibility, Climate Change and Human Rights under International Law. Oxford: Hart Publishing.
- Wewerinke-Singh M. (2018), State Responsibility for Human Rights Violations Associated With Climate Change. In: Duyck S., Jodoin S., Johl A. (Eds.) Routledge Handbook of Human Rights and Climate Governance. Oxon-New York: Routledge. 75-89.
- Wewerinke-Singh M. (2018), Climate Migrants’ Right to Enjoy their Culture. In: Behrman S., Kent A. (Eds.) Climate Refugees: Beyond the Legal Impasse?. Routledge studies in environmental migration, displacement and resettlement Oxon-New York: Routledge. 194-213.
- Crosland T., Meyer A. & Wewerinke-Singh M. (2017), The Paris Agreement Implementation Blueprint: Avenues to Blueprint Implementation (Part 2), Environmental Liability: Law, Policy and Practice 2016(5): 1-13.
- Crosland T., Meyer A. & Wewerinke-Singh M. (2016), The Paris Agreement Implementation Blueprint: A Practical Guide to Bridging the Gap between Actions and Goal and Closing the Accountability Deficit (Part 1), Environmental Liability: Law, Policy and Practice 24(3-4): 114-125.
- Wewerinke-Singh M. & Doebbler C. (2016), The Paris Agreement: Some Critical Reflections on Process and Substance, University of New South Wales law journal 39(4): 1486-1517.
- Wewerinke M. (2016), Thinking Globally, Acting Regionally: The Case for a Pacific Climate Treaty. Suva: Pacific Islands Development Forum.
- Wewerinke-Singh M. (2016), Vanuatu: Leven op een Kwetsbaar Eiland in de Stille Oceaan, Speling: tijdschrift voor bezinning 68(1): 57-62.
- Wewerinke M. & Fa'anunu F. (2015), Human Rights and Climate Change Law: Added Value to Pacific Island States Member of editorial staff Journal of South Pacific Law 1(2015).
- Gage A. & Wewerinke M. (2015), Taking Climate Justice Into Our Own Hands: A Model Climate Compensation Act. Vancouver-Vanuatu: West Coast Environmental Law & Vanuatu Environmental Law Association.
- Wewerinke M. (2014), The Role of the UN Human Rights Council in Addressing Climate Change, Human Rights & International Legal Discourse 8(1): 10-35.
- Wewerinke M. (2013), A Right to Enjoy Culture in Face of Climate Change: Implications for 'Climate Migrants' Centre of Governance and Human Rights Working Papers no. 6. Cambridge: Cambridge Centre of Governance and Human Rights & Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research, University of Cambridge.
- Wewerinke M. (2013), Climate Change, Human Rights and the International Legal Order: The Role of the UN Human Rights Council 4CMR working paper series no. 4. Cambridge: Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research, University of Cambridge.
- Wewerinke M. (2013), Climate Change (Human Rights Committee, Ad hoc Conciliation Commission). In: Gibney M., Vandenhole W. (Eds.) Litigating Transnational Human Rights Obligations: Alternative Judgments. Routledge Research in Human Rights Law London: Routledge. 155-171.
- Wewerinke M. (2012), Human Rights and Climate Change. In: Philander S.G. (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Global Warming and Climate Change. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE [entry in reference work].
- Wewerinke M. & Doebbler C.F.J. (2011), Exploring the Legal Basis of a Human Rights Approach to Climate Change, Chinese Journal of International Law 10(1): 141-160.
- Wewerinke M. & Yu V.P. (2010), Addressing Climate Change through Sustainable Development and the Promotion of Human Rights. Research Papers / South Centre no. 34. Geneva: South Centre.
- Wewerinke M. & Doebbler C.F.J. (2010), International Climate Change Action: Saving Human Rights after Cancun, Indian Yearbook of International Law and Policy 2: 119-153.
- Doebbler C. & Wewerinke M. (24 December 2009), What Happened in Copenhagen?. Al-Ahram, No. 978.
- Wewerinke M. (28 September 2009), Nederland, Recht je Rug in Oordeel over Gaza-Oorlog. Trouw.
- Wewerinke M. (23 April 2009), Europa Slaat Modderfiguur met Optreden in Genève. Trouw.
- Wewerinke M. (28 February 2009), De 'Slumdogs' Verdienen Beter. Trouw.
- Adjunct Senior Lecturer in Environmental Law
- Deputy Regional Director (Europe)
- Member of the Board of Editors
- Member of the Advisory Board
- Member of the Technical Advisory Group, Pacific Climate Change Migration & Human Security Programme