Thursday 28 April - Friday 29 April 2022
International Law Association British Branch Spring Conference 2022
A hybrid conference with virtual and in-person participation.
from £10.00 to £70.00
University of Surrey
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Spaces are limited to prior registrants on a first-come, first-served basis.
International law and climate change
The conference will consider legal problems likely to emerge from ongoing changes resulting from climate change and its consequences, as set out in the 2021 IPCC report.
Panels comprising a mixture of invited and selected speakers will be convened on the following themes:
- Impact of rising sea levels on migration and statehood
- Climate change and international trade and investment law
- Human rights and climate change
- Litigating on climate change.
Programme Speakers Sponsors Documents
Travelling to the conference
According to the latest government rules, the remaining legal restrictions in England are due to be removed. If you are travelling to the conference from abroad, please consult the government website concerning travel guidance to England.
On the day of the conference
The Government announced the end of free asymptomatic and symptomatic testing for the general public. As a result, there will not be asymptomatic testing provided on campus on the day of the conference. Attendees are still encouraged to take reasonable precautions to minimise the chance of catching or spreading Covid-19. Face masks are not compulsory but are encouraged. The conference venue will be laid out to provide for spacing between delegates and ventilation.
Thursday 28 April
6:30pm - 8pm
|The work of the ILC on sea level rise in relation to international law||Professor Nilufer Oral (National University of Singapore and International Law Commission)|
|The rise in sea level rise litigation: North, south and international||Dr Joana Setzer (Assistant Professorial Research Fellow, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change, London School of Economics)|
|Rising tides, rising law: The need for a new treaty regime to address climate-induced statehood challenges||Dr Alexandra Harrington (Lecturer in Law, Lancaster University)|
|Resources sovereignty in the context of sea level rise: Towards the emergence of land-lost states||Selman Aksünger (PhD Candidate, Maastricht University)|
Friday 29 April
8am - 8pm
- 8am - 8:40am: Coffee and registration
- 8:40am - 9am: Opening addresses
|Mobilising $130 trillion: The difficult balance between the interests and objectives of private investors and states in transitioning to “net zero”||Wendy Miles Q.C. (20 Essex Street Chambers)|
|Climate change in investor-state arbitration: Where are we now and what does the future hold?||Oonagh Sands (Counsel, Fietta LLP)|
|Reconciling and prioritising climate aspirations in investor-state arbitration: The role of different players||Dr Mala Sharma (Lecturer in Law, London South Bank University)|
|Reimagining Eco Oro v. Colombia in light of reformed provisions on fair and equitable treatment: Skillful (re)balancing act?||Laura Létourneau-Tremblay (PhD Candidate, Pluricourts, University of Oslo)|
10:40am - 11am: Coffee break and book stands.
|Shared and partial responsibility for climate change: Lessons from the Urgenda case||Professor André Nollkaemper (University of Amsterdam)|
|The right to a healthy environment in climate litigation||Dr Annalisa Savaresi (University of Eastern Finland)|
|Climate change and armed conflict||Dr Stavros-Evdokimos Pantazopoulos (Post-Doctoral Researcher, University of Helsinki)|
|When the heat is on: Climate change and the rights of women facing extreme heat during pregnancy||Dr Thomas Bundschuh (Senior Lecturer in Human Rights, Sheffield Hallam University)|
12:40pm - 1:40pm: Lunch and British branch council meeting.
|Stories of justice: Changing mindsets and shifting power through climate litigation||Michelle Jonker-Argueta (Senior Legal Counsel for Strategic Litigation, Greenpeace International)|
|Standards for adjudicating the next generation of Urgenda-style climate cases||Lucy Maxwell (Senior Legal Associate, Climate Litigation Network)|
|Settling climate change-related disputes through international arbitration||Professor Belen Olmos Giupponi (Head of School, University of Portsmouth)|
|Addressing the climate crisis through international law: Invoking the advisory jurisdiction of international courts and tribunals||Dr Margaretha Wewerinke-Singh (Assistant Professor in Public International Law, Leiden University)|
3:20pm - 4pm: Coffee break, book stands and branch annual general meeting.
While this will be a discussion on the general themes of the conference, the speakers have indicated that themes will include the evolution of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change regime and whether UNCLOS litigation could make a difference.
- Professor Laurence Boisson de Chazournes (Professor of Public International Law, University of Geneva and Matrix Chambers)
- Professor Christina Voigt (Professor of Law, Pluricourts, University of Oslo)
- Professor Lavanya Rajamani (Professor of International Environmental Law, University of Oxford)
- Professor Alan Boyle Q.C. (Emeritus Professor of Public International Law, University of Edinburgh and Essex Court Chambers).
- 5:30pm - 6pm: University transport* to Guildford Harbour Hotel
- 6pm - 8pm: Conference dinner and keynote speech, Guildford Harbour Hotel
- The Impact of Climate Change on International Law: Some Personal Reflections
- Professor Catherine Redgwell (Chichele Professor of Public International Law, University of Oxford)
- Conference closure.
* Pre-booked transport from the University to the dinner venue and also from the dinner venue to Guildford railway station will be provided.
Professor Catherine Redgwell
Chichele Professor of Public International Law, University of OxfordSee profile
Professor Nilufer Oral
National University of Singapore Centre for International Law, International Law CommissionSee profile
Senior Legal Counsel for Strategic Litigation, Greenpeace InternationalSee profile
Dr Margaretha Wewerinke-Singh
Assistant Professor in Public International Law, Leiden University
Call for papers
Subject to any Government restrictions, the general expectation is that speakers based in the United Kingdom will present in person. In light of the pandemic and the need to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, arrangements have been put in place to facilitate the virtual participation of speakers and delegates who are based outside of the United Kingdom.
Submissions are now closed and participants will be notified of the outcome by 18 February 2022.
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The University of Surrey and the International Law Association British Branch express their gratitude in acknowledgement of the generosity of the conference sponsors.