Michal Nachmany

Research Officer (Climate Change Legislation)

Michal’s work focuses on climate change legislation and governance. She has been leading on Climate Change Laws of the World (formerly ‘the Global Climate Legislation Study’) since 2013.


Michal holds a PhD from the London School of Economics. Her research explored patterns of global diffusion of climate change policies, and the contribution of global networks to advancement of policies. She also has an MA (cum laude) in Energy Policy and Management from the University of Haifa, an LLB in Law and an MBA (specialising in finance) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Previously, Michal worked at the Samuel Neaman Institute for National Policy Research, an environmental think tank in Israel, where, among others, she served on the professional advisory board for Israel’s national greenhouse gas mitigation plan, and was involved in drafting of environmental laws and policies. Prior to that, Michal headed competitive intelligence projects for multinational companies in the private sector.

Research interests:

  • Climate legislation – between the national and international levels
  • Climate governance – incentive and dynamics among actors
  • Dynamics of international policy diffusion
  • Bounded rationality in the policy making processes



Conference presentation  26 October, 2015

Climate Change Legislation in 2015

Presentation to United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) / Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Legislators Expert Meeting on Climate Change, London, 26 October 2015. Participants included legislators from 16 countries.    


Research article  18 January, 2014

The GLOBE climate legislation study

A review of climate change legislation in 66 Countries Michal Nachmany, Sam Fankhauser, Terry Townshend, Murray Collins, Tucker Landesman, Adam Matthews, Carolina Pavese, Katharina Rietig, Philip Schleifer and Joana Setzer

Research article  1 January, 2014

Book Review: Regulation Theory and Sustainable Development: Business Leaders and Ecological Modernization

Nachmany, Michal, 2014. Environmental Values 23(3), pp. 371-372.


Research article  25 April, 2013

How national legislation can help to solve climate change

Reference Townshend, T., Fankhauser, S., Aybar, R., Collins, M., Landesman, T., Nachmany, M., and Pavese, C. April 2013. How national legislation can help to solve climate change. Nature Climate Change, v.3, pp.430-432.


Research article  20 June, 2012

Book Review: Local climate action planning

Nachmany, M. 2012. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, v.30.

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Policy report  9 May, 2017

Global trends in climate change legislation and litigation: 2017 update

This report summarises key trends in climate change legislation and litigation. It is the sixth stock-take in a series of global Climate Legislation Studies that dates back to 2010. read more »


Policy report  14 November, 2016

The Global Climate Legislation Study - 2016 update

The Climate Legislation Study covers over 850 national laws and policies directly related to climate change mitigation and adaptation. This update covers major new executive acts and laws passed during 2016 and gives a brief overview of current trends in climate legislation. read more »


Policy report  1 July, 2015

2015 Climate Legislation Study

This report summarises the main insights from the 2015 Global Climate Legislation Study. It is the fifth edition in a series dating back to 2010 (Townshend et al., 2011). Detailed … read more »


Policy paper  18 March, 2014

Walking alone? How the UK's carbon targets compare with its competitors'

The UK Government is reviewing the fourth carbon budget for the period  2023-27. The Committee on Climate Change has recommended that the budget, which was originally legislated in … read more »

Policy report  1 February, 2014

The GLOBE climate legislation study: a review of climate change legislation in 66 countries

Note: New and updated 2015 edition available The GLOBE Climate Legislation Study is the most comprehensive audit of climate legislation across 66 countries, together responsible for around 88% of global … read more »


Policy report  20 January, 2013

The GLOBE Climate Legislation Study: a review of climate change legislation in 33 countries

Note: New and updated 2015 edition is available Terry Townshend, Sam Fankhauser, Rafael Aybar, Murray Collins, Tucker Landesman, Michal Nachmany and Carolina Pavese [Eds.]), third Edition – External link to … read more »


Policy report  20 June, 2012

Sunny with a chance of solar - Israel's climate change policies

Nachmany, M. 2012.  Anglo Israeli Association Publication.


Policy report  20 June, 2011

Position Paper VII: Greenhouse Gases Mitigation Plan in Israel

Ayalon O., Goldrath, T., Nachmany, M., Lev On Group, Palatnik R., Faitelson H., and Kivun Ltd. 2011. National priorities for the environment in Israel., 2011. S. Neaman Publ. 85pp (Hebrew). … read more »


Policy report  20 June, 2010

Policy recommendations towards the formulation of a national policy regarding the treatment of packaging waste in Israel

Ayalon, O., Nachmany, M., Goldrath, T., Rosenthal, G., Dorfman, I., Grossman, M., and Shechter, M. 2010. S. Neaman Publ. 109pp (Hebrew). – External link to publisher  


Policy report  20 June, 2009

Energy efficiency in local authorities in Israel

Ayalon O., Goldrath T., and Nachmany M. 2009. S. Neaman Publ. 37pp (Hebrew). – External link to publisher

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In the news  9 May, 2017

Stay in or leave the Paris climate deal? Lessons from Kyoto

A recent study from the Grantham Research Institute found that the mere existence of Paris had prodded dozens of countries to enact new clean-energy laws. read more »

In the news  9 May, 2017

Climate change laws exceed 1,200 worldwide, finds LSE study

Nations around the world have adopted more than 1,200 laws to curb climate change, up from about 60 two decades ago, a sign of widening efforts to limit rising temperatures, according to a new study. read more »


In the news  5 April, 2016

Mary Robinson: ‘climate justice’ must play a key role in the Paris Agreement

The Conversation, 16 March

In the news  4 January, 2016

Opec faces a mortal threat from electric cars

Telegraph, 23 December

In the news  4 January, 2016

Paris leaves lot of hard work to do

Korea Times, 14 December


In the news  4 December, 2015

The climate summit can deliver

The Gulf, 1 December

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Seminars 5 Jun 2017

Webinar | Climate Change Laws of the World – global trends in legislation and litigation

The webinar marks the launch of ‘Climate Change Laws of the World’ (formerly ‘the Global Climate Legislation Study). read more »


Grantham Workshop 9 Jul 2014

GLOBE Climate legislation study

A review of climate legislation in 66 countries: findings from the 4th edition and outlook to the 5th edition read more »

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