Martin Dietrich Brauch

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Associate Research Scholar; Lead Researcher, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI), Columbia Law School


Martin Dietrich Brauch is a Lead Researcher at the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI), a joint applied research center of Columbia Law School and Columbia Climate School at Columbia University. He leads economic and legal research, training, and advisory work, with a focus on legal and policy frameworks and practices for sustainable investment to achieve climate change mitigation and adaptation goals—including through decarbonization and a just transition to net-zero emission energy systems and economies—along with other SDGs. His work centers on the following focus areas at CCSI: Climate ChangeEnergy TransitionExtractive Industries, and Investment Law & Policy.

He has worked extensively with developing countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean, speaking English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish. Prior to joining CCSI, he worked as international law advisor at a global think tank, in-house counsel at a media conglomerate, and associate attorney at a boutique law firm. As a graduate student, he undertook a legal internship at United Nations Climate Change. He received a B.A. in Economics, a Bachelor of Laws, and a specialization certificate in Environmental Law from the Federal University of Pelotas, Brazil. He holds an LL.M. in International Legal Studies from NYU School of Law, where he was an IILJ International Law Fellow.


Only select publications listed below
Name Published Date
An International Law Framework for Climate-Aligned Investment Governance 2024
Carajás Corridor in Brazil: Could an SEA Have Reconciled Shared-Use Infrastructure and Environmental Protection? 2023
Circularity in Mineral and Renewable Energy Value Chains: Overview of Technology, Policy, and Finance Aspects 2023
Community Benefit Sharing and Renewable Energy and Green Hydrogen Projects: Policy Guidance for Governments 2023
Decommissioning Liability at the End of Offshore Oil and Gas: A Review of International Obligations, National Laws, and Contractual Approaches in Ten Jurisdictions 2023
Provisions on Liability for Decommissioning Upstream Offshore Oil and Gas Infrastructure in Investor–State Contracts 2023
Transferred Emissions Are Still Emissions: Why Fossil Fuel Asset Sales Need Enhanced Transparency and Carbon Accounting 2023
Allocation of Climate-Related Risks in Investor–State Mining Contracts 2022
How Much Have the Oil Supermajors Contributed to Climate Change? 2022
International Investment Governance and Achieving a Just Zero-Carbon Future 2022
Legal Provisions on Shared Use of Mining Infrastructure: Rail, Port, and Power 2022
Scaling Investment in Renewable Energy Generation to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy) and 13 (Climate Action) and the Paris Agreement: Roadblocks and Drivers 2022
Advocates Say ISDS Is Necessary Because Domestic Courts Are ‘Inadequate,’ But Claims and Decisions Don’t Reveal Systemic Failing 2021
Carbon Accounting by Public and Private Financial Institutions: Can We Be Sure Climate Finance Is Leading to Emissions Reductions? 2021
Comparison Between the IPCC Reporting Framework and Country Practice 2021
Decarbonization Pathways for Paraguay’s Energy Sector 2021
Five Years After the Adoption of the Paris Agreement, Are Climate Change Considerations Reflected in Mining Contracts? 2021
Investment Governance in Africa to Support Climate Resilience and Decarbonization 2021
Nigeria’s Petroleum Industry Bill: A Missed Opportunity to Prepare for the Zero-Carbon Future 2021
Roadmap to Zero-Carbon Electrification of Africa 2021
Should the European Union Fix, Leave or Kill the Energy Charter Treaty? 2021
The Case for a Climate-Smart Update of the Africa Mining Vision 2021
Don't Throw Caution to the Wind: In the green energy transition, not all critical minerals will be goldmines 2020
Equipping the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation for the Low-Carbon Transition: How Are Other National Oil Companies Adapting? 2020
Reforming International Investment Law for Climate Change Goals 2020
Shared-Use Infrastructure Along the World's Largest Iron Ore Operation: Lessons Learned from the Carajás Corridor 2020
The COMET Framework: Greenhouse Gas Data Transparency to Enable the Success of EU Climate Policy 2020
促进可持续发展的投资便利化:使之适合发展中国家 2019
Investment facilitation for sustainable development: Getting it right for developing countries 2019