The formation of the Scotia Group

The group was founded in 2021, in the run up to COP26, by Professor Malik Dahlan, an international lawyer and professor, as well as a member of the Council of Advisors at RAND Europe. By gathering former heads of state, political leaders, renowned academics and internationally recognised climate and governance experts, the Group was formed with the ambition to bring together ideas that can inform and enhance the inter-governmental COP process.

The Scotia Group

Following the disappointing outcomes of COP26 and COP27, the Scotia Group remains focused on the goal of net zero carbon emissions, acknowledging the significant financial needs of developing countries and emerging markets in the energy transition.

The goals of the Scotia Group

Since 2021, the Scotia Group has convened a series of Climate Majlis Dialogue sessions where a diverse range of global experts have explored a variety of subjects relating to decarbonization development and acceleration.

The Scotia Group has partnered with Friends to convene each of these Majlis dialogues, including Alan Turing Institute, the Transatlantic Leadership Network, MIT, University of Oxford, Harvard University, University of St. Andrews, and the International Bar Association.

The aim of these discussions is to champion key areas relating to the rule of law, which policy experts believe could be harnessed to positively ‘move the dial’ and help avoid a 1.5°C rise in global temperatures by 2030. It also aims to look at the process challenges and institutional complexities of climate action to help catalyse action.

The methods of the Scotia Group

As COP28 is approaching, Scotia Group members have come together in a series of online Climate Majlis Dialogues to continue to deliberate the climate challenge and find innovative ideas.

These discussions, hosted in partnership with the RAND Corporation, aim to spur the radical change necessary to meet the urgency of the climate emergency, while remaining realistic and not threatening existing consensus.

Scotia Group members have worked on a refined mandate, which has a narrower focus, and have identified the need for continued exploration of alternative power generation strategies and financing mechanisms. The goal is that the Group continues to help facilitate the sustainable global energy transition over the next 10-30 years.

The Scotia Group Inception Commission

The Hon. Kirsty Duncan MP

The Honourable Kirsty Duncan is Deputy Leader of the Canadian Parliament and a Member of Parliament for Etobicoke North. She served on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was jointly awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore.

Dean Adil Najam

Dean Adil Najam is the inaugural Dean of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, founded in 2014. He is also a Professor of International Relations and of Earth and Environment.

Dr Andy Kerr

Dr Andy Kerr leads EIT Climate-KIC – Europe’s largest public-private innovation partnership – in UK and Ireland. He co-founded and directed the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) and co-directed Scotland’s Centre of Expertise on Climate Change (ClimateXChange).

Howard Covington

Howard Covington is the chair of ClientEarth, Europe’s leading public interest environmental law firm and of the Alan Turing Institute, the UK’s national institute for AI and data science.

Prof. Dr. Malik Dahlan

Professor Malik Dahlan is the Principal of Institution Quraysh for Law and Policy. He trained as an international lawyer focusing on international trade law, transnational legal problems and investment law.

The Scotia Group Secretariat

Annie Dunster
Programme Director

Hattie Wilson
Majlis and Membership Coordinator

Alex Just
External and Media Relations

Scotia Group Friend Institutions