Pedro Cisterna Gaete

Thesis title: The principle of equity in the climate law regime and the adaptation of the law: the case of informal settlements.


Pedro Cisterna Gaete is a qualified lawyer from Chile where he obtained his LLB Law degree from Universidad de Concepcion.  He holds an LLM in Global Environment and Climate Change Law from the University of Edinburgh. 

Pedro worked in the NGO 'TECHO' for almost four years (2013-2017). TECHO is a Chilean NGO focused on working with informal settlements communities in Chile and Latin America. In this organisation, Pedro firstly worked as the Legal Adviser of the southern Chilean zone. Then, he became the Regional Director of the organisation in the Bio Bio Region, managing the work of the organisation with more than 20 communities across the region. Finally, he was appointed as the National Deputy Social Director, where Pedro was in charge of the national advocacy strategies of the organisation. Here, Pedro had to develop public policy proposals to present for the Congress and the Government, seeking to improve the situation of informal settlements in Chile.



LLB (Universidad de Concepcion, Chile)

LLM in Global Environment and Climate Change Law (University of Edinburgh)

Admitted to legal practice in Chile.  

Research summary

Climate Law, property Law, planning Law, urban Poverty 

Current research interests

My research focuses on the interaction of different legal fields, namely climate Law, property Law and planning Law to improve the protection of vulnerable urban communities from the effects of climate change.

Past research interests

My research interests have been mainly focused on the relationship between environmental law and climate law and the situation of vulnerable populations, mostly indigenous people and the urban poor.