Climate Change and Law: Global to Local Legal and Policy Challenges
Wisconsin International Law Journal
University of Wisconsin Law School
Date: March 31 and April 1, 2022
Climate change is a defining issue of our generation. From the mass movement of people to the disappearance of island states, the adverse consequences of climate change pose unique and unprecedented legal challenges. Moreover, given the disproportionate impact on poor and vulnerable communities and states, climate change raises profound social justice challenges.
United States is not immune to these consequences. From indigenous communities in Alaska to Isle de Jean Charles in Louisiana, communities are being relocated due to climate change while coastal communities from Florida to California are worrying about constant flooding and the impact on their property values, increasing severe and frequent extreme weather events, and wildfires ravaging the country, its economy and people. As the highest contributor to greenhouse gases historically, the United States has a greater responsibility to address climate change.
President Biden has risen to this challenge. Within hours of being sworn in, he re-joined the Paris Agreement and issued an executive order on climate change. On Earth Day, he held a virtual summit on climate change with world leaders where he pledged to halve carbon emissions by 2030 and go carbon neutral by 2050.
This symposium seeks to look at these developments. Climate change as well as transitioning to a low carbon economy pose many legal and policy challenges. It will feature leading lawyers, policy makers and activists to look at these challenges and the way forward. The symposium will launch the Wisconsin Initiative on Law and Climate Change (WILCC), a joint initiative between the Human Rights Program and the Global Legal Studies Center at the UW Law School.
Day 1: Thursday, March 31, 2022
Time given is in US Central Standard Time (CST).
Panel 1: Climate Change, Consequences and Challenges
This panel will discuss the science of climate change, its consequences on people, environment and the economy and the challenges of addressing it. It will also discuss the disproportionate impact on racial and other minorities.
Reception and launch of Wisconsin Initiative on Law and Climate Change (WILCC)
Day 2: Friday, April 1, 2022
Time given is in US Central Standard Time (CST).
Breakfast and Registration
|8:15 -9:00 a.m.||
Speaker: Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes, State of Wisconsin
Panel 2: Climate Justice and Vulnerable Communities
Climate change poses an existential threat to certain groups and communities. This panel will take a closer look at these communities.
|10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.||
Panel 3: International Law and Climate Change
This panel will discuss how international law has addressed climate change, climate negotiations including COP26 in Glasgow, North/South challenges, climate refugees, human rights, and small island states.
Panel 4: US Law and Climate Change
This panel will discuss how the United States has responded to climate change, President Biden’s Executive Order on climate change, the infrastructure bill and other recent initiatives on climate change. It will highlight what initiatives California and New York have taken to address climate change.
Panel 5: Wisconsin and Climate Change
This panel will discuss the impact of climate change on Wisconsin, the Governor’s task force on climate change, and how the state is responding to climate change and law and policy challenges.
Roundtable on Teaching Climate Law
This panel will discuss the impact of climate change on WI, the Governor’s TF on climate change and how WI is responding to climate change and law and policy challenges.
More information on all Symposia can be found on the University of Wisconsin Law Library’s Digital Repository’s WILJ Symposiums.
- 2021 WILJ Symposium Program: International Law and Racial Justice
- 2021 WILJ Symposium Recordings: International Law and Racial Justice
- 2020 Wisconsin International Law Scholars Conference Program: Limits and Potential of Human Rights in Pursuit of Climate Justice
- 2019 WILJ Symposium Program: Lawyers and Lawyering in China and Russia: Common Challenges
- 2018 WILJ Symposium Program: Sustainable Development Goals and International Law: Intersections of Environmental Law, Human Rights, and Environmental Justice
- 2017 WILJ Symposium Program: Regional Human Rights Systems in Crisis
- 2016 WILJ Symposium: Stamping Privacy’s Passport: The Role of International Law in Safeguarding Individual Privacy
- 2015 WILJ Symposium: International Law Walks the Line: Border Disputes and Resolution for the 21st Century
- 2014 WILJ Symposium: Creation of International Law: Exploring the International Law Components of Peace
- 2013 WILJ Symposium: A Comparative Perspective on Social Justice Lawyering in Asia: Conditions, Practices and Possibilities
- 2012 WILJ Symposium Poster: Renewable Energy & Climate Change: Opportunities & Challenges
- 2010 WILJ Symposium: Personal Reminiscences of David Trubek
- 2009 WILJ Symposium Program: Global Climate Change and Sustainable Development: Challenges and Opportunities for International Law ( 2009 WILJ Symposium Flyer)
- 2008 WILJ Symposium Program: Dialogue on Cross-Border Health Care
- 2007 WILJ Symposium Program: Islamic Law in a Globalized World: Implications for Contemporary Finance Law
- 2006 WILJ Symposium Program: Humanitarian Intervention After 9/11
- 2005 WILJ Symposium Program: Economic Globalization and Corporate Governance
- 2004 WILJ Symposium Program: Speaking Law to Power: International Law and Foreign Policy
- 2003 WILJ Symposium Program: The Newly Established International Criminal Court
- 2002 WILJ Symposium Program: Access to Medicines for the Developing World: International Facilitation or Hindrance?
- 2001 WILJ Symposium Program: A Right to Democracy?
- 2000 WILJ Symposium Program: National Merger Enforcement, Transnational Mergers, and the Global Economy
- 1999 WILJ Symposium Program: Regulation of International Capital Markets