The Team

The Pledge was initially drafted by Saskia Stucki, Guillaume Futhazar, and Tom Sparks. The Lead Signatories, alongside numerous other lawyers worldwide, were consulted and provided feedback in the course of a lengthy revision process. The final wording of the Pledge is thus the product, and reflective, of a global collaborative initiative.

Dr Saskia Stucki

First author and co-founder of the Pledge; Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

“Climate change imperils human rights, women’s rights, children’s rights, animal rights, international peace and security, democracy, and innumerable other important values the law seeks to protect and preserve. This is why lawyers of all kinds, not just environmental lawyers, must integrate and give due consideration to climate concerns within their respective fields of expertise and work. In our own ways, we can all be(come) climate lawyers. Perhaps the Pledge can help catalyse a “Spartacus moment” in the global legal community: I am a climate lawyer. You are a climate lawyer. We all are climate lawyers – and together, we can guide the law to a sustainable future.”

Dr Guillaume Futhazar

Co-author and co-founder of the Pledge; Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

“Climate change and environmental concerns have to become the factual background against which all legal work is done. Alongside human rights and the rule of law, it has to become a paradigm that infuses all fields. Doing so will not solve the ongoing environmental crises in an instant. The causes are too deeply rooted. However, acknowledging the power of law as an omnipresent tool for sustainable change might provide additional solutions in a fight that is gaining more and more supporters.”

Dr Tom Sparks

Co-author and co-founder of the Pledge; Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

“There are times for business as usual, and times when more is demanded of us. This is one of those times. We all have a responsibility to use whatever skills and abilities we possess to contribute to solving the climate crisis, and that includes lawyers. Our profession and training give us a unique opportunity to contribute: to safeguard human rights, strengthen the rule of law, and mobilise the tools of law for climate goals. The time to act is now.”

Erik Tuchtfeld

Webdesign and communication; Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

“The climate crisis is real, and it’s present, not just waiting in the future for us. We need to take action now, on an individual, societal and institutional level. As lawyers, we are confronted with this crisis in decisive situations, may it be in our research, in courtrooms, or during processes of law-making. With such influence comes responsibility. The Pledge addresses this, that’s why I support it.”

Hannah Foehr

Student assistant in communications and social media; Law Student at Bucerius Law School, Hamburg

“Climate change affects the way we live our lives and will increasingly do so as time goes on. It also alters the way we can, and should, apply the law – all law, not just environmental law. Climate change should not be a mere topic discussed at the sidelines, during one module at law school. Rather, it should be an underlying theme, addressed throughout the entire syllabus.”

Paul Emtsev

Communications Advisor; Public Communication Consultant and Conflict Moderator in Darmstadt, Germany

“It’s good that people talk about climate change and the consequences it has for us and our environment. But unlike many other human challenges, the climate crisis cannot be solved with words alone. We all have to face the responsibility of our lifetime and make a decision: Do we take this historic opportunity to have an impact on this planet?”