May 18, 2021

An ELI Member Webinar

As the climate crisis accelerates, world-leading investors are putting more weight behind the climate ambition of their portfolios. This January, the world’s largest asset manager, Blackrock, publicly stated that their corporation would take concrete action against companies who do not have a long-term strategy to align their businesses with net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Historically, there have been complex legal debates on whether or not the fiduciary duties of asset managers may prevent or oblige them to make investments based on a company’s emissions profile. However, as the planet continues to warm at unprecedented rates, laws regulating the financial industry must adapt to the growing reality that businesses can no longer responsibly ignore their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in long-term strategic planning.

It is clear that the race to zero emissions within the financial sector is no longer a matter of if, but when. Yet, critical questions remain: how fast will this transition away from emissions-intensive industry happen? What is the role of law in regulating the decarbonization of financial actors? How can both businesses and investors best prepare for this transition? Join the Environmental Law Institute and leading experts for an in-depth exploration of regulating the financial sector in the decarbonization era.

Tyler Burgess, Associate, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Moderator  
Steven Feit, Senior Attorney, Center for International Environmental Law
Stephanie Jones, Climate Risk and Financial Regulations Attorney, Environmental Defense Fund
Seth Kerschner, Partner, White & Case LLP
Gabriel Malek, Investor Influence Coordinator, Environmental Defense Fund
Brendan McCarthy, ESG Research Analyst, Calvert Research and Management

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May 18, 2021


This conference is co-sponsored by the ABA International Law Section, International Animal Law Committee; the ABA ILS Art & Cultural Heritage Law Committee, the International Criminal Law Committee and the International Human Rights Committee; the ABA Section of Environment, Energy and Resources (SEER) Endangered Species Committee and the International Environmental and Resources Law Committee; the ABA Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Animal Law Committee; and the Environmental Law Institute.

Trafficking is an opportunistic activity that is not limited to one type of property. When there is opportunity, whether created by war, natural disaster, famine or disease, organized criminals will take what will sell. This program will discuss the illegal activities and methods used by traffickers to loot the cultural, human, wildlife and resource wealth of areas and turmoil. We will examine the impacts of trafficking including the proliferation of zoonotic pathogens, and will examine legal and enforcement strategies and reforms needed to quell trafficking.

Andrew Schatz, Conservation International, Moderator
Jane M. Creighton, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office
Dr. Juliana Machado Ferreira, Freeland Brasil
John Scanlon, Global Initiative to End Wildlife Crime
Peter Karl Tompa, Global Heritage Alliance
Dr. Tanya Wyatt, Northumbria University

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