Announcements: 10 May 2024

If you would like to have something included in next week’s announcements, please email gnhrewebsite@gmail.com and include ‘Announcements’ in the email title. We are especially interested in submissions outside of Europe and North America.

Call for Abstracts, Papers, and Submissions:

Asian and African Perspectives on Law and Sea-level Rise (abstracts)
Are you interested in presenting at the conference “Asian and African Perspectives on Law and Sea-Level Rise”? Co-organised by WTI’s research fellow, Dr. Aylin Yildiz Noorda, the conference will take place on October 3, 2024, at the University of Lisbon. The organisers invite researchers at any career stage to present their work on the intersection of law and sea-level rise (SLR) with a focus on Asian and/or African countries, in a hybrid conference organised by the Lisbon Public Law Research Centre. Abstracts should be no more than 500 words (.doc/.pdf) and sent to environmental-law@lisbonpubliclaw.pt with the heading ‘2024 SLR Conference Lisbon,’ until May 15, 2024. See more here.

Navigating a Role for Agri-Food Systems in Tackling Climate Change (expressions of interest)
Laure Gosselin (Université Laval & Technische Universität Dresden) and Anja Bless (University of Technology Sydney) are convening a panel on ‘Navigating a Role for Agri-Food Systems in Tackling Climate Change’ for next year’s International Studies Association Conference in Chicago. Paper topics could include everything from food system narratives to diets, ‘climate-smart’ agriculture, carbon farming, or corporate power. Please send through your EOI’s to either Laure or Anja by May 17, 2024 with abstracts to be collated shortly after.

American Branch of the ILA Blog Symposium (abstracts)
In honor of ILW 2024’s theme of ‘powerless law or law for the powerless?‘ ABILA is hosting a blogging symposium. The International Environmental and Energy Law Committee will sponsor the first symposium. To participate, kindly submit a 200-word abstract and a brief biography to Freya Doughty-Wagner at media@ila-americanbranch.org by May 19, 2024. Abstracts and biographies may be in Word or PDF format. Please include the phrase ‘blog symposium’ in the email subject line. Abstracts must address the ILW 2024 theme from an international environmental or energy law perspective. See more here.

Calls for Input:

Consultations for the 2024 reports of the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to development
Covering: 1) Climate justice: Loss and damage; 2) Right to development of children and future generations.
You can register to select the most convenient date and time out of the following options: First option: April 16, 2024, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (CEST) Second option: May 8, 2024, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (ICT) Third option: May 21, 2024, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (EDT)

Access to information on climate change and human rightsSpecial Rapporteur on climate change
Purpose: To inform the thematic report of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights in the context of climate change to the United Nations General Assembly 79th session. The Advocacy Committee is planning to draft a GNHRE response. We invite network colleagues with expertise in this area to collaborate on a submission. The input deadline is June 2, 2024. The deadline to express interest in the GNHRE submission is May 11, 2024. See more here.

Call for submissions on Colombia in advance of visit – Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights
Purpose: To invite all interested individuals and organizations, including civil society organizations, activists, and academics, to provide input on the priority issues listed below to assist the Special Rapporteur in preparing for the visit to Colombia. Can respond in the context of environmental rights. Input deadline: June 14, 2024. See more here.

Opportunities:

Environment, Society and Policy Group/University of Ottawa (Research Associate)
Arctic Pulse is a Canadian-led international science initiative addressing globally relevant questions with local and globally relevant consequences. Between 2024 and 2027, international science initiatives and events will be coordinated to lead up to a major Arctic science field mission that will occur in Arctic Canada in the summer of 2027. This initiative is being co-designed in ways that advance and support Indigenous self-determination in research. Thus, the person filling this position will work directly with Inuit Circumpolar Council Canada (ICC) and researchers at University of Ottawa and Laval University, in order coordinate and organize co-development workshops, develop appropriate governance frameworks, set up committees, liaise with key rightsholder groups, and relevant stakeholders, and support training and communications. The person will also establish linkages between Arctic Pulse and the CFREF funded Qanittaq project which is co-led by ICC Canada and Memorial University and is supported by University of Ottawa. Deadline: May 12, 2024 at 11:59PM. See more here.

UNSW, Sydney (Lecturer/Senior Lecturer – Climate Litigation)
This is a newly created, full-time ‘Lecturer/Senior Lecturer – Climate Litigation’ position at the Law & Justice Faculty at UNSW in Sydney, Australia. Working in Law & Justice and with the university’s Institute for Climate Risk and Response (ICRR), the person will be required to undertake a program of research that will have significant impact in the scholarship related to the field of climate litigation in Australia and globally and will create a nationally recognised research track record. The person will apply and, where necessary, adapt existing research methods, and develop new methods, to the study of climate litigation. Application deadline: May 30, 2024. Details and application here.

Events:

Net Zero and Natural Resources Law: Sovereignty, Security & Solidarity – Book Launch (in person)
This book offers a comprehensive and authoritative account of the nature, scope, and guiding principles of natural resources law and policy in a #netzero era. In response to the climate emergency, several countries, corporations, and other actors worldwide have announced programmes to bring down global emissions of greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change to net zero by 2060 or earlier. With presentations from the expert contributors to the book, this session reflects on innovative legal drafting, contract negotiation and policymaking approaches needed to address the wide range of resource sovereignty, security, and solidarity questions posed by the net zero transition. Date: May 12, 2024, at 9:00AM, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. See more here.

2024 Geneva Dialogues on Human Rights and Climate Change (in person)
Topics of discussion this year will include States’ obligations to tackle climate impacts; mechanisms and approaches to address ongoing loss and damage; meaningful protection of environmental defenders in the context of climate conferences; and ongoing advisory opinion processes before international and regional courts. Panelists and participants will also explore how Geneva-based human rights mechanisms can inform the ongoing advisory opinions before international courts and tribunals, and how these mechanisms can build on the outcomes of such processes. The newly appointed Special Rapporteur on human rights and climate change Elisa Morgera will attend in person. Date: May 14, 2024 at 2:00PM CET – Palais des Nations, Room III. Register here.

The Role and Impact of Law in Sustainability Transformation (in person and online)
RELIEF, a research project funded by the Strategic Research Council of Finland, examines the role and impact of law in sustainability transformation through the lens of resilience. We’ll explore how legal systems interact with ambitious sustainability targets, including climate change mitigation, biodiversity conservation, and water management. Speakers will include Dave Huitema (Wageningen University), J.B. Ruhl (Vanderbilt University), Chris Fox (Manchester Metropolitan University), Ahjond Garmestani (US Environmental Protection Agency), Louis Kotzé (North-West University), Rak Kim (Utrecht University), and Roy Brouwer (University of Waterloo). Date: June 4, 2024 at Think Corner in Helsinki and online. Register here.

New Publications/Releases:

Article: Mathur v Ontario: Grounds for Optimism about Recognition of a Constitutional Right to a Stable Climate System in Canada? Stepan Wood, McGill Law Journal 69: 3-47. Read here.

Article: Solidarity as Foundation for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Koldo Casla and Marion Sander; Human Rights Law Review. Read here.

Blog: How the Constitution fails to protect the environment, Katrina Fischer Kuhn and James R. May, Nation of Change. Read here.

Blog: KlimaSeniorinnen and Gender, Dina Lupin, Maria Antonia Tigre, and Natalia Urzola Gutiérrez; Verfassungsblog. Read here.

Report: 2024 Climate Risk Landscape Report, UNEP Finance Initiative. Read here.

Video Recordings: 2024 J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Environmental Law Symposium from GW Law. Watch here.


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