Christina Voigt is Professor at the Department of Public and International law, University of Oslo, Norway. She is the author of “Sustainable Development as a Principle of International Law” (M. Nijhoff, 2009) and edited volumes, such as “Sustainable Development in International and National Law” (with H.C. Bugge, Europa Law Publishing, 2008), “Rule of Law for Nature” (Cambridge University Press, 2013) and “The Common Interest in International Law” (with W. Benedek, K. De Feyter and M. Kettemann, Intersentia, 2014). Her teaching and research is in international environmental law and public international law. She works in particular on legal issues of climate change, sustainability and the interface between environmental and trade law. In 2009, she was awarded the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Academy of Environmental Law Junior Scholarship Prize for her academic writing.
In 2009 and 2010, she worked for the Norwegian government as lead negotiator on REDD+ (Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries) in the UN climate negotiations. In 2013, she was co-chair for the UNFCCC work program on results-based financing for REDD+, which successfully achieved a decision on this matter by COP 19 in Warszawa, November 2013. She works as legal consultant for the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and the Environment and several governmental and non-governmental organisations.
She received her legal education at the Universität Passau (Germany), holds an LL.M. in Environmental Law from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and received a doctorate in law from the University of Oslo. She has taught/is teaching guest courses in international environmental law and in climate change law at the University of Lund, Sweden (2003-2007), the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (2011-12) and the University of Auckland, New Zealand (2014).
She is currently on the Steering Committee of "The Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order" (Pluricourts) research project, awarded Centre of Excellence Status, where she is project coordinator for the environmental sector. She also is a founding member of the research groups on ‘Natural Resources Law’ and ‘International Relations’. Christina is Academic Coordinator of International Affairs at the Faculty of Law, member of the Law Faculty’s Council for Researcher Education (PFF) and board member of the University of Oslo – Energy Initiative.