The Stockholm Treaty Lab Prize

Who can draft the international treaty with the greatest potential to encourage investment in climate change mitigation and adaptation? Read Overview...

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Ambitious targets for curbing global warming were laid out in the 2015 Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals. Targets that, if they are to be met, will require investments amounting to trillions of dollars across the globe. Renewable energy must become even more affordable and available; energy-efficient transportation will be needed to carry an increasingly mobile world population; sustainable agriculture and forest restoration must substitute unsustainable land use and deforestation; and climate-resilient infrastructures must be built where global warming and rising sea levels already put communities at risk.

To some extent, the technologies necessary already exist – solar and wind power, energy-efficient vehicles, and carbon capture and storage – but enormous investments are needed to deploy these on a meaningful scale. In other areas, existing technologies fall short, and investments must be made in innovation and development. Such “green” investments present exciting and lucrative opportunities for investors.

Foreign investments tend to increase where they are protected by a stable and transparent legal framework, including a neutral and reliable enforcement mechanism. In the absence of such a framework, investors are often hesitant to deploy their funds. Yet no international legal instrument exists that specifically incentivizes and protects green investments. It is against this background that the SCC and its partners are launching the Stockholm Treaty Lab Prize  – an innovation prize that aims to address the “policy gap” between the objectives of the international climate change agreements, and the outcomes that those agreements envision.

The Stockholm Treaty Lab Prize will be awarded to the contestant team that drafts a forward-looking, innovative and workable model treaty that aims to encourage investment in climate change mitigation and adaptation. A treaty that, if implemented, would create transparent, stable and enforceable investment policy regimes. A treaty that has the potential to encourage investors to fund low-carbon projects, support technological innovation, and otherwise invest in a sustainable future.

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Model Treaty judging criteria reminder

Nov. 1, 2017, 1 p.m. PDT by Liz Treadwell


I'm sure everyone is working hard on their Model Treaty submissions, so I wanted to send along a reminder of what the judging criteria is. To maximize your points, your Model Treaty must effectively address each of these areas:


  • Compatibility (20 points). The Model Treaty is compatible with the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals. It aims to facilitate states’ achievement of the climate-change objectives set out in those instruments. The Model Treaty is also compatible with fundamental principles of property law. 
  • Efficacy (20 points). If adopted by states, the Model Treaty will lead to a significant increase in green investments related to climate change mitigation and adaptation. To this effect, the Model Treaty proposes incentives and protections that serve foreign investors’ needs and interests. The claimed efficacy of the proposed incentives and protections is supported by research and data.
  • Viability (20 points). The Model Treaty is likely to be adopted by states around the world. Adoption is likely because the Model Treaty serves the states’ needs and interests, facilitates the achievement of climate-change goals, and does not unduly restrict the states’ ability to legislate and regulate.
  • Universality (20 points). The Model Treaty appeals to the potentially diverging interests of states and investors in different parts of the world. Where necessary, the Model Treaty includes alternative provisions from which contracting states may select the most appropriate based on context and circumstances.
  • Enforceability (20 points). The Model Treaty is binding and enforceable. It contains an effective dispute resolution mechanism, through which both investors and states can bring claims related to the Treaty.

If you need any clarification, you can email the HeroX team at gethelp@herox.com or post a new topic in the Forum.


Have a wonderful day!

How to form a team and additional prize details

Oct. 12, 2017, 3:30 p.m. PDT by Liz Treadwell

Hi everyone,

HeroX and the Stockholm Treaty Lab team wanted to send over a friendly reminder that the registration deadline is quickly coming up at the end of this month! Visit the Timeline tab here to get the exact date and time for your location.

Also, this intended to be a team collaboration challenge so we strongly encourage you to create a team, invite others to join it and submit your model treaty together. If you are unsure on how to form a team, there's a How To guide located here: https://herox.com/help/126-guide-how-to-form-a-herox-team. You can also look for people to join your team by posting in the Forum here.

  • Please note: you will not need to have all of your team members finalized by the registration deadline. You can continue to seek out additonal team members up until the submission deadline.

Lastly, the Stockholm Treaty Lab team has recently updated the Guidelines tab with some additional details regarding the prize. Here is that updated text: the winning team will be given the opportunity to present its model treaty at a United Nations General Assembly side event in 2018 (more information will be published soon).

If you have any questions, you can reach out to the HeroX team directly by emailing


Have a wonderful day!

Any questions?

Oct. 5, 2017, 10:30 a.m. PDT by Liz Treadwell

Greetings everyone!

I hope you're having a great week. I wanted to check in to see to see how your model treaties were coming along and to let you know you can reach out to if you have any questions, or if you run into any technical issues on the platform.

As a reminder: if you are looking to collaborate with others on your submission, you can make a post in the Forum here.




Registration and Submission Deadlines Extended!

Aug. 9, 2017, 1 p.m. PDT by Liz Treadwell

Hi everyone,

Due to the high amount of interest in this competition, the Stockholm Treaty Lab team has decided to extend both the registration and submission deadlines!

Here are the new dates:

  • Registration Closes on Oct. 30, 2017 at 4 p.m. PDT

  • Submission Deadline is now on Feb. 27, 2018 at 3 p.m. PST

As a reminder, you can visit the Timeline tab to view the exact dates/times in your location: https://herox.com/stockholmtreatylab/timeline.

If you have any questions, or you are looking to collaborate with others on your submission, make a post in the Forum!


Less than 30 days remaining!

Aug. 3, 2017, noon PDT by Liz Treadwell

We’re just under 30 days away from the registration deadline, and we're absolutely thrilled by the response we’ve received so far. While I’m sure everyone is hard at work on their submissions, there are a few notes we wanted to pass along:

  • Don't hesitate to reach out with any questions. Whether on the challenge forum or by sending us a direct message, we strongly encourage our innovators to ask questions.
  • Get your submissions in early! You can always edit and re-submit your entry as many times as you’d like up until the deadline on November 30th.
  • Collaborate with others if you’d like! Visit the Community tab to form your team, invite others to join it, or seek out other registered innovators to work together.

If you run into any technical issues, you can contact the HeroX team at . That's all for now. Best of luck!

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