Francesco Sindico


Francesco Sindico is Professor in International Law at the University of Strathclyde Law School in Glasgow, Scotland. Mr. Sindico is an international expert in climate change law and is the Founder and Co-Director of the Climate Change Litigation Initiative “C2LI” (, a virtual platform that provides information on climate change litigation in over 30 countries following a scenario-based methodology. He is also the Co-Chair of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law Climate Change Law Specialist Group.

Francesco is the author of more than 60 publications and has co-edited the book “Comparative Climate Change Litigation: Beyond the Usual Suspects” published in 2021 by Springer. He is also currently the co-editor of the Edward Elgar Research Handbook on Climate Change Litigation. He is the Founder of the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance “SCELG” ( and he leads the EILEAN initiative at SCELG where he researches about law, islands, and sustainability (
Mr. Sindico has been a Visiting Professor at the Tilburg Institute for Law and Technology in 2019 and Visiting Professor at the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law in 2023.

Beyond academia, Francesco has worked extensively with international organisations in capacity-building programs and has advised governments before international tribunals. He was Counsel for the Plurinational State of Bolivia in the Dispute over the Status and Use of the Waters of the Silala (Chile v. Bolivia) before the International Court of Justice. He has also been involved in projects with international business partners and civil society organisations.

Francesco is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Scottish Geographic Society (award received in 2022) and laureate of the 2022 CISDL Legal Specialist Award.

Mr. Sindico is currently on secondment to the Scottish Government where he leads the Carbon Neutral Islands project. In this role, he works in the implementation of the net zero policy at an island scale. Francesco speaks fluently four languages (Italian, English, Spanish and French) and has an extensive international network.