March 10, 2017 - March 11, 2017

Co-sponsored by ELI and others, the Environmental and Energy Society of Tulane University Law School proudly hosted the 22nd annual Summit to bring together professionals and the public on current and pressing environmental and legal policy issues. This year, the conference included 20 panels on a wide range of environmental issues with nearly 70 speakers and moderators participating in the event. Our local, national, and international speakers represented strong voices from business, legal, and scientific backgrounds. The aim was to include many different voices of the community to participate in a thoughtful discussion about what the current environmental issues are and how they should best be addressed. In past years, the Summit has won the American Bar Association’s award for the Law Student Environment, Energy, and Resources Program of the Year.

In addition to keynote addresses, the event's panels included:

  • Mindfulness and Professionalism
  • Recent Developments in Legal Ethics
  • The Role of Electronic Discovery in Environmental Investigations and Litigation
  • Sustainable Seafood
  • The Future of Nuclear Energy
  • Red Snapper in the Gulf of Mexico: Federal vs. State Management
  • Climate Justice, A World Without Winners and Losers
  • The Marine Environment and the South China Sea Arbitration
  • According Nature Itself Rights
  • Geo-Engineering as a Solution to Climate Change
  • Illegal Wildlife Trade and CITES
  • Drone Technology and Conservation
  • What Do We Do About Drinking Water?
  • Where There's Muck There's Brass
  • Greening of Louisiana Communities
  • Shark Management and Law
  • Environmental Justice: What Happened to Title VI?
  • A Revolution in Property Rights: The Strange History of the Subsequent Purchaser Doctrine after Eagle Pipe
  • Totally Buggin' Out
  • Environmental Journalism Trumped?
  • The Legality of Orcas in Human Care
  • Permitting Disaster: Baton Rouge Areas Floods of 2016
March 10, 2017

An ELI Public Seminar

Climate justice can be defined generally as addressing the disproportionate burden of climate change impacts on poor and marginalized communities. It seeks to promote more equitable allocation of the burdens of these impacts at the local, national, and global levels through proactive regulatory initiatives and reactive judicial remedies that draw on international human rights and domestic environmental justice theories. Yet, efforts to define climate justice as a field of inquiry can be elusive and underinclusive because the concept is so vast in scope.

“Climate Justice: Case Studies in Global and Regional Governance Challenges” seeks to fill that void, providing an overview of the landscape of climate justice from a variety of legal and geographic perspectives in a case study format. The book analyzes climate justice from an international law perspective and legal responses to promote climate justice in several regions of the world, including Pacific island nations, South Asia, North America, Africa, and the Middle East. It addresses proposed solutions to a range of regulatory obstacles under international law, U.S. law, and foreign domestic law in seeking to promote climate justice on a global scale.

This seminar began with discussions of recent atmospheric trust litigation in the U.S., and the Urgenda case in the Netherlands, as examples of the advantages and limitations of using domestic courts to promote climate justice objectives. It then addressed topics outside the litigation context by exploring the climate justice implications of the new differentiation model between developed and developing nations as reflected in the Paris Agreement and the human rights dimensions of global deployment of bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS). The editor and three contributing authors of Climate Justice: Case Studies in Global and Regional Governance Challenges addressed the important and timely topics contained in this recent publication.

Randall S. Abate, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law, Florida A&M University College of Law (moderator)
Dr. Wil Burns, Founding Co-Director, Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment, School of International Service, American University, and Senior Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation's International Law Research Program
Dr. Patricia G. Ferreira, Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation’s International Law Research Program
Maria Tigre, Environmental Law Attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Center

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