Corendea, Cosmin

Associate Academic Officer/Legal Expert

UNU Publications
Selected NON-UNU Publications
  • Cosmin Corendea
    Environmental Migration, Social Vulnerability & Adaptation Section

    Research Interests

    • Climate Change
    • Human Rights
    • Migration


    • Golden Gate University School of Law, San Francisco, USA - S.J.D. in International Legal Studies
    • St. Thomas University School of Law, Miami, USA - LL.M. Cum Laude, Intercultural Human Rights
    • National School for Political and Administrative Studies, Bucharest, Romania - Post-Graduate Studies
    • Ecological University Faculty of Law, Bucharest, Romania - Juris Doctor


    • AXA Research Fund Postdoc Fellowship
    • Lecturer University of Bonn School of Law
    • Global Contributor, Global Environment Outlook (GEO) 6
    • IPCC Reviewer
    • Member of the International Law Association
    • Founding Member of an Interest Group on Migration and Refugee Law, European Society of International Law
    • Member of the American Society of International Law
    • Steering Committee Member of the International Human Rights Committee, the International Environmental Law Committee, and the Europe Committee, American Bar Association
    • Present Liaison of the International Law Committee to The Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development/ World Bank/ EWG Climate Change, Energy and the Law
    • 1999 to date: Member / Licenced to Practice in Romania, Bucharest Bar Association
    • SALTO/ European Commission, Brussels, Belgium, International Trainer
    • Member of the Democratic Leadership Programme, Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France
    • Member of the Council of Europe Trainers’ Pool
    • Member of the Romanian Advocacy Academy

    Biographical Statement

    Dr. Cosmin Corendea (S.J.D. GGU, LL.M. (hon.) STU) works as Associate Academic Officer/Legal Expert at UNU-EHS. He is acting as focal point for legal issues associated with environmental degradation and adverse effects of climate change, such as institutional vulnerabilities and adaptation, climate equity, climate justice, human rights, forced migration, etc., conducting research on conceptual and comparative frameworks of legal perceptions of environmental vulnerabilities, resilience and sustainable development impacts with distinct and positive reflection in policy making.

    Best known for initiating and developing the concept of ‘international hybrid law’ in 2007 – a legal research tool which uses human rights, environmental and refugee/migration law in climate change-related case analysis – his experience includes field research in the Pacific, Europe and Asia, and consultancies for different universities, organizations and United Nations agencies.

    He is currently an AXA Postdoc Fellow operating several key projects on: organizational development and cooperation (PIFS, UNFCCC, UNCCD); climate-legal policy development (World Bank/LJD, GEO6); and academic outreach (UPEACE, Univ. of Bonn School of Law).

  • Articles



  • Books

    • Corendea, Cosmin, Legal Protection of the Sinking Islands Refugees (Lake Mary: Vandeplas Publishing, 2016).
    • Corendea, Cosmin I. (2008). Refugee Law in the Era of Globalization. Human Security in Pacific: the Climate Refugees of the Sinking Islands, 2 (1), 12-19.


    • Corendea, Cosmin I. (2016). Global Gender and Environment Outlook: The Critical Issues. UNEP
    • Corendea, Cosmin I. (2011). What future for the work with young refugees, IDPs and asylum seekers? Report, Council of Europe.
    • Corendea, Cosmin I. (2007). Religion and Religious Diversity in Europe. Training Activities Reports. Council of Europe.
    • Corendea, Cosmin I. (2006). Diagnosis of Human Trafficking: An East European Perspective on Prostitution and Procurement. Tetovo: South East European University