UCL Faculty of Laws


Monserrat Madariaga Gómez De Cuenca

Key information

  • PhD title: The COP That Was and Wasn't: COP 25's Impact on Chilean Climate Change Law and Governance
  • Education: LLM on Environmental Law and Policy, UCL
  • Email: monserrat.cuenca.17@ucl.ac.uk

Monserrat Madariaga joined UCL as a PhD Candidate in March 2020. Her research, which is supported by a scholarship from the Government of Chile, focuses on the relationship between Civil Society and Climate Change Law and Government.

Monserrat holds an LLM on Environmental Law and Policy from UCL and is a qualified lawyer in Chile. Additionally, she has professional experience working as a legal advisor for the Chilean Government and for Civil Society. She has also lectured in different Chilean universities. Monserrat is a Reseacher at the Law of the Sea Centre in Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso. 

Research Supervisors

Areas of Expertise

Environmental Law, Climate Change Law and Administrative Law

UCL Associations/Academic and Professional Memberships

  • UKELA (UK Environmental Law Association), Student Member
  • Law of the Sea Centre, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Researcher

Professional Experience

  • Environmental and Regulation Lawyer, Sustainavalue
  • Legal Advisor, Civil Society Association for COP 25
  • Lecturer at Universidad de Chile, Universidad de Valparaíso, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso and Universidad Tecnológica Metropolitana
  • Legal Advisor, General Comptroller’s Office, Chile

Public Engagements & Media Coverage

  • Presentation at the Chilean Senate Committee for the Environment on the discussion of the Climate Change Act, January 2020
  • Speaker at Climate Change cycle of Talks hosted by PUCV, October- November 2019: “Cop 25”, “Access to water as a human right and water scarcity”, “Environmental Justice: sacrifice areas, gender and indigenous communities”, and “The role of the individual, civil society and the public and private sectors”
  • Speaker at Climate Emergency: challenges for Chile and the World Seminar hosted by UTEM, 30th of September 2019: “The legal framework for Climate Change and Climate Change Act project.” 
  • Opening Lecture at Public Event “What should Chile commit at the Climate Change Global Agreement”, hosted by PUCV and Environmental NGO, FIMA, 22-23 of August, 2019
  • Speaker at seminar Decarbonization: Are we on the right track?, hosted by PUCV, 22 of August, 2019: “Greenwashing and the Chilean NDC”
  • Presentation at the Civil Society Assembly for the discussion of the Climate Change Act Project, as part of the public participation period, 26 of July, 2019
  • Presentation at Summer School, Universitat of Valencia, June 2019: “Climate Change Migration”
  • Speaker at Seminar Environmental Disasters and the State Role, 25 of April, 2019: “The need to enhance administrative control of environmental decisions”


  • Contribution to Policy Brief: “Legislative discussion of the Climate Change Act Project”, Climate Change Act Observatory, CR2 and University of Chile, Forthcoming, 2020
  • Gabriela Burdiles and Monserrat Madariaga, “Climate change and human rights” book chapter in Chilean NDC book, FIMA, Forthcoming, 2020
  • Monserrat Madariaga, “What I talk about when I talk about the COP”, Law of the Sea Centre, 2019
  • Monserrat Madariaga: International Perspectives: The Latin-American Perspective to Climate Change, Conference Report, UKELA E-Law journal, September 2018