The Law of Climate Change and Human Rights Conference

Start Date/Time: Thursday, May 28, 2009, 1:00 AM
Ending Date/Time: Friday, May 29, 2009, 1:00 AM
Location: UW Seattle Campus

The University of Washington Law School presents:
The Law of Climate Change and Human Rights Conference

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About the Conference
The conference is a student-led effort aimed at challenging legal scholars, NGO leaders, and policy makers to confront the humanitarian crisis at the heart of climate change. The centerpiece of the conference, a Socratic (Fred Friendly) dialogue moderated by a former PBS facilitator, will challenge panelists to debate legal responses to a fictitious disaster scenario based on a two to three degree centigrade rise in the Earth's temperature. Most climate conferences organized for lawyers focus on technical mitigation tactics. While lessons in technical climate solutions are valuable to lawyers, this conference will force participants to directly confront the role of law in anticipating and responding to foreseeable human consequences of climate change. The ethical role of the law is a central conference theme....

Through the lens of a fictitious disaster scenario, The Law of Climate Change and Human Rights Conference will offer an opportunity for creative problem-solving and collaboration for lawyers engaged in the historically separate fields of environmental, human rights, refugee, and public health law, and scholars from fields as diverse as philosophy and geography. Panels will address topics such as the forced migration of climate refugees, the disproportionate impacts of climate change on the world's poor, the national security implications of climate change, as well as reforms to the governance structure overseeing climate mitigation.

Speakers include PCC Collaborator Stephen Gardiner

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