Climate Change (CC) is currently the most urgent and profoundly complex environment-related problem for the international community. Solutions are urgently needed in policy and governance to mitigate and reduce impacts. To promote international cooperation and ensure the effective implementation of CC agreements, the system of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), applying a “bottom-up” approach, was confirmed by the landmark Paris Agreement, 2016. Thus, there has been a wave of climate-specific legislative reform that has been sweeping across the globe over the last decade.
For Malaysia, addressing and responding to the Paris Agreement means that they have to strengthen their institutional and policy framework on CC; enhance information on CC decision-making; create partnerships to address CC; and develop a sustainable financial mechanism to address CC.
In order not to be caught behind, Malaysia needs Climate Change experts with both global knowledge and understanding on the local socio-economic development. The advancement in higher education needs to focus on producing academic leaders with the right blend of knowledge, skills and attitude to drive Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in the right direction for sustainable development.
Towards this objective, AIKOL researchers work under an international research project funded by Erasmus grant called the Erasmus+ CBHE Project ID618874_ccp-Law. The main goal is to look at developing and designing new curricula on climate change policy and law at LL.M level as well as creating a centre on climate change policy and law (CCP_Law).