Climate Change and the Law Summer Program

This year there will only be one seminar that focuses on climate change and the law.* While the other seminars offered during the Environmental Law Summer Session are not specifically focused on climate change, many (i.e. Environmental Compliance and Enforcement, International Business and Environment, and International Institutions and Environmental Protection) will also touch on climate change issues.

Week Two

International Climate Change Law
This seminar taught by Eliza Northrop, who is an Associate with the International Climate Initiative at the World Resources Institute (WRI), will provide an overview of the international response to climate change through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) with a focus on the effectiveness of existing approaches and implementation of the recently signed Paris Agreement, as well as discussing the negotiations and where we are going from here. We will cover the negotiation, structure and implementation of the UNFCCC, the Kyoto Protocol, and the Paris Agreement. The seminar will also track current events and news reports that relate to climate change in order to relate these sometimes abstract concepts currently in the news. The seminar may examine examples of how climate change interacts with other bodies of international law (e.g.,  the Ozone Treaty, Human Rights, Law of the Sea). We will conclude by examining selected topics relating to climate law and policy in the United States and considering the role for law in the transition to a low-carbon future.

The seminar will be taught June 6 to June 10 from 6:30 to 9:00pm.

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*Previous Years: The Summer Session on Environmental Law frequently has offered a Climate Change and the Law Program consisting of three seminars. Over the course of three weeks, you could study a variety of topics related to climate change and the law. In the past seminars offered have included one that focused on how the European Union addresses climate change, one that focused on U.S. states and their energy policies focused on addressing climate change, and one that focused on the international climate change regime and ongoing negotiations. Taken together these seminars provided an overview of the current state of climate change and the law around the world.