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Fighting Climate Change with Human Rights Law – Advantages and Disadvantages
March 24, 2022
When: 12:30pm EST
Where: Zoom. See link below.
International environmental law and human rights law have evolved quite rapidly. While the two represent separate branches of international law, they have also intersected and intertwined. The UN and regional human rights mechanisms, civil society actors, and national courts have employed human rights analysis to impel action on environmental issues, and sometimes to channel environmental responses in accordance with other human rights principles. As governments delay in addressing the urgent challenges of climate change, recent decisions of national courts and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child have invoked human rights and constitutional rights as imperatives for action. This webinar will explore both the strengths and the weaknesses of human rights law as a vehicle to fight global climate change. In doing so, it will touch on topics such as intergenerational rights, children’s rights, judicial capacity, and nonhuman environmental interests.
The Global Energy Outlook 2022: Turning Points and Turmoil in the Energy Transition
When: Thursday, April 7, 12:00–1:15 p.m. EDT
Where: Zoom Webinar
Join Resources for the Future (RFF) for an RFF Live event, “The Global Energy Outlook 2022: Turning Points and Turmoil in the Energy Transition.” This event coincides with the release of the 2022 Global Energy Outlook—RFF’s annual report that synthesizes global energy market projections and analysis from leading energy organizations, academics, and corporations—and an accompanying interactive web tool. The only report of its kind, RFF’s 2022 Global Energy Outlook harmonizes analyses from other organizations to allow for a clear understanding and easy comparison of potential future energy markets, climate trajectories, and policy options at global, regional, and national levels.
The event will feature an in-depth panel discussion on some of the potential long-term outlooks for energy markets and the global energy system in the face of recent international climate action and energy market volatility from the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
RFF’s 2022 Global Energy Outlook includes projections from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, BP, Equinor, the International Energy Agency, the International Renewable Energy Agency, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, Shell, and the US Energy Information Agency.
Erin Campbell, Resources for the Future
Daniel Raimi, Resources for the Future
Seth Villanueva, Resources for the Future
Rose Mutiso, Energy for Growth Hub
Richard G. Newell, Resources for the Future
Additional panelists to be announced.
The Tufts Energy Conference
Join the Tufts Energy Conference March 16th to 18th! The TEC team has organized a set of panels and workshops that will explore the challenges of undertaking the energy transition with a specific focus on the electrification of transportation. Transportation electrification will require investment, technological innovation, equity considerations, and creative thinking. Learn more about the energy transition from notable speakers and network with innovative companies in the energy industry.
If you’re unable to make it to the Tufts campus, you can join all panels via live stream. Find out more about sessions/speakers through the TEC Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/tuftsenergyconference
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March 25, 2021, 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM ET
Co-sponsored by the Environmental Law Institute and Vanderbilt University Law School
Each year, Vanderbilt Law School and the Environmental Law Institute identify innovative environmental law and policy proposals in the academic literature. Please join leading professors, policymakers, and practitioners to discuss the proposals selected this year. This year’s topics include environmental citizen suits; employee, environmental, social, and governance (EESG); and regional transmission organizations (RTOs) and the clean energy transition. Registrants are welcome to attend all or just a portion of the conference.
The conference will feature the following authors and speakers:
Environmental Citizen Suits and the Inequities of Races to the Top
David Adelman (author), Harry Reasoner Regents Chair in Law, University of Texas School of Law
Jori Reilly-Diakun (author), Attorney-Advisor, U.S. EPA, Office of General Counsel, Pesticides and Toxic Substances Law Office
Bina Reddy, Principal, Beveridge & Diamond PC
Howard Learner, President and Executive Director, Environmental Law & Policy Center
Caremark and ESG, Perfect Together: A Practical Approach to Implementing an Integrated, Efficient, and Effective Caremark and EESG
Leo Strine (author), Michael L. Wachter Distinguished Fellow in Law and Policy, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
Kirby Smith (author), Associate, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Reilly Steel (author), Ph.D. Student, Princeton University
Margaret Peloso, Partner, Environment & Natural Resources, Vinson & Elkins LLP
Todd Phillips, Director, Financial Regulatory and Corporate Governance, Center for American Progress
Jonas Kron, Chief Advocacy Officer, Trillium Asset Management
Rethinking Grid Governance for the Climate Change Era
Shelley Welton (author), Associate Professor of Law, University of South Carolina School of Law
Tom Hassenboehler, Partner, CO2EFFICIENT
Casey Roberts, Senior Attorney, Sierra Club
Rebecca Tepper, Chief, Energy and Environment Bureau, Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office
For more information, including links to the 2021-2022 ELPAR top articles, visit: https://www.eli.org/environmental-law-and-policy-annual-review.
To register for the conference, visit https://www.eli.org/environmental-law-policy-annual-review/2021-2022-ELPAR-conference.
Implementing a Just and Equitable Energy Transition
WEBINAR SERIES ON MARCH 7 AND 29 FROM 12-2PM ET
As the United States embarks on a path towards net-zero carbon emissions, it is critical to ensure that new decarbonization policies promote a fair and equitable transition. The 2021 National Academies' report Accelerating Decarbonization of the U.S. Energy System outlines critical near-term policies needed for the decarbonization effort with a focus on ways to support communities that will be most impacted.
As part of input gathering for the study's next report, the committee invites you to join them for a series of discussions on ways to support and accelerate a just energy transition, featuring speakers from government and non-profit sectors.
Monday, March 7 from 12-2pm ET: Government Perspectives
Tune in to hear from government speakers including Wahleah Johns from the Department of Energy and Martha Guzman from the Environmental Protection Agency on the role of government in a just energy transition and ideas for stakeholder engagement.
Tuesday, March 29 from 12-2pm ET: Non-Profit Perspectives
Tune in to hear from experts from the non-profit sector as they share their perspectives on the energy transition and how to make the transition just and equitable.