What is the COP 21 Support Network?


​COP21 SN is an informal network of lawyers, academics and policy-makers from developed and developing countries, working to support an outcome from COP21 consistent with the UNFCCC's ultimate objective.


Why is such a network necessary?


Formal treaty-making processes focus attention on areas of difference between the Parties, risking polarisation. Countries form negotiating blocks, and formal representatives are confined to carefully circumscribed negotiating lines. An informal network, allowing individuals to exchange ideas and thoughts without attribution, helps facilitate innovation and creativity in support of the more formal process.


Who is responsible for the network?


​The network is led by Tim Crosland, a London based Barrister, with an LLM in International Human Rights and Environmental Law, and a specialist interest in the role of informal networks in governance of the global commons. Tim previously helped develop and led the Commonwealth Cybercrime Initiative, a consortium of governments, international organisations and NGOs, commended for 'its strong record and innovative methodology' and endorsed by Commonwealth Law Ministers and Heads of Government.


(see: http://thecommonwealth.org/sites/default/files/news-items/documents/Report_of_the_Commonwealth_Working_Group_of_Experts_on_Cybercrime_May_2014.pdf).


How is the network funded?


The network is unfunded and supported by the pro bono contributions of individuals committed to the UNFCCC's ultimate objective of preventing dangerous climate change.


How do I join the network?


The network is open to anyone wishing to exchange ideas and proposals in support of the UNFCCC process.


What are the rules of participation?


To encourage openness the network operates on the basis of a principle equivalent to the Chatham House Rule, i.e. comments and ideas will not be attributed to individuals. Nor will participation in the network be disclosed to any third party. Individuals are of course free to refer to their own participation in the network.


Analysis and resources to support the UNFCCC's ultimate objective