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Mr. Saldivia is a Chilean lawyer and journalist. He studied both Law and Communication at the University of Chile (Chile), where he graduated with the highest honours in both programmes. He also holds a Master of Law (LL.M.) in Environmental Law and Policy from the University College London (UK). Now he is pursuing a Ph.D. in the Department of Land Economy at the University of Cambridge (UK). His doctoral research looks at the entry of new actors in the energy market in Latin America as a result of new regulations for renewable energy.

As a lawyer, Mr. Saldivia worked for five years in Carey, the largest law firm in Chile, advising national and foreign companies in the development of renewable energy projects. As a journalist, he has ten years of experience in media and communication. In the last few years, he held the positions of Social Media Editor at Climate Policy Journal, and General Editor and Managing Editor of the Blog of the Cambridge International Law Journal.

He has also conducted research and consultancies in several academic centres, most of them focused on energy matters, including the Andean Geothermal Centre, the Environmental Law Centre in Chile, and the Solar Energy Research Centre. In 2019, he did an internship at the UNFCCC Secretariat in Bonn. His research position was focused on carbon pricing policies as part of the Collaborative Instruments for Ambitious Climate Action (CIACA) Initiative.

Regarding teaching experience, Mr. Saldivia has been Graduate Supervisor in International Environmental Law at the University of Cambridge, lecturer at the Universidad de Chile, and guest lecturer at Meiji University and the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. Mr. Saldivia is a member of the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL) and the United Kingdom Environmental Law Association (UKELA). He has received various scholarships, including from the Cambridge Trust and the Chilean Government.

Mr. Saldivia is originally from Osorno, located in the south of Chile.


Energy Law and Policy, Environmental Law and Policy, Climate Change, International Law, Energy Transition, Carbon Pricing, Latin America


Key publications: 

•    Joanna Depledge, Miguel Saldivia & Cristina Peñasco (2022) Glass half full or glass half empty?: The 2021 Glasgow Climate Conference, Climate Policy, 22:2 (forthcoming)
•    Miguel Saldivia, ‘Lessons on Sustainable Development and Challenges to Illegal Trade: The Case of Chilean Larch ‘ in Marie Claire Cordonier Segger; David Andrew Wardell; Alexandra Harrington (eds), CITES as a Tool for Sustainable Development (Cambridge University Press, 2022) (forthcoming)
•    Miguel Saldivia and Matias Guiloff, ‘Key Policies behind the Development of Solar Energy in Chile´ in Jörg Böttcher (ed), Green Banking (De Gruyter, 2020)
•    Miguel Saldivia and Sofia Vargas, ‘Environmental impact assessment and public participation of geothermal energy projects: The cases of Chile, Costa Rica, Colombia and Mexico’ in Lucas Noura Guimaraes (ed), The Regulation and Policy of Latin American Energy Transitions (Elsevier, 2020)
•    Matias Guiloff and Miguel Saldivia, ‘Law of Renewables. Chilean chapter’ in Jörg Böttcher (ed) Rechtliche Rahmenbedingungen Von EE-Projekten (BWV, 2017)
•    Jorge Cabrera and Miguel Saldivia, ‘Dispute regarding Navigational and Related Rights. The International Court of Justice decision in Costa Rica v. Nicaragua’ in Marie-Claire Cordonier (ed), Sustainable Development Principles in the Decisions of International Courts and Tribunals: 1992-2012 (Routledge, 2017)
•    Pilar Moraga and Miguel Saldivia (2014) Evaluación de impacto ambiental de proyectos de energía solar: propuestas para una evaluación ambiental mejorada, Revista de Derecho Administrativo, 19, 199
•    Ximena Insunza and Miguel Saldivia, “Derechos de aprovechamiento de aguas en parques nacionales” [2013] 3 Actas de Derecho de Aguas 271
•    Miguel Saldivia, ‘Barreras legales a la entrada de la geotermia en Chile’ in Pilar Moraga (ed), Energía, Cambio Climático y Sustentabilidad (Thomson Reuters, 2013)

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