Sabin Center for
Climate Change Law
The Sabin Center develops legal techniques to fight climate change, trains students and lawyers in their use, and provides up-to-date resources on key topics in climate law and regulation.
Latest from the Center
• Watch video of "Environmental Law: Time to Reboot, A presentation by James Gustave Speth"
• Columbia Law School Student Wins First Place in the New York State Bar Association's Annual Environmental Law Writing Contest
• Sabin Center submits comments to UNFCCC Secretariat on the need to incorporate human rights safegaurds into the new Sustainable Development Mechanism
• New article "Sadly, the Paris Agreement Isn't Nearly Enough" by Michael Gerrard will be published by the Environmental Law Institute (November/December 2016)
• New paper by Sabin Center affiliate Teresa Parejo-Navajas: "La Victoria de Urgenda: El Inicio de la Lucha Judicial Frente Al Cambio Climatico" (2016) (in spanish)
• Video of the Sabin Center's event: Next Steps for International Climate Action: A Roundtable Discussion with the COP22 Steering Committee (September 2016)
• Materials for Migration and Climate Change Workshop (September 2016)
• Romany Webb joins Sabin Center as new Climate Law Fellow
• Videos of Sabin Center's events for Climate Week NYC: "Ensuring Urban Resilience, Come Hell or High Water" and "The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving US Crazy" (September 2016)
• Summary of September 8 Event, US Coal in the 21st Century: Markets, Bankruptcy, Finance and Law (submitted to the Dept. of Interior for its programmatic review of federal coal leasing)
• "A Mitigation-Based Rationale for Incorporating a Climate Change Impacts Fee into the Federal Coal Leasing Program," by Michael Burger (September 2016). Executive Summary available here.
• Sabin Center events on International Climate Change Issues: Migration and Climate Change, In Preparation for the United Nations Summit on Refugees and Migrants and Next Steps for International Climate Action, A Roundtable Discussion with the COP22 Steering Committee (September 2016)
• Sabin Center event "US Coal in the 21st Century: Markets, Bankruptcy, Finance & Law", click here for Program, List of Speakers, Video, and Presentations
•Jessica Wentz and Justin Gundlach submit comments on the scope of the environmental review for the Proposed Greater Mooses Tooth Oil and Gas Development Project in Alaska
• Sabin Center submits comments to FHWA on a GHG performance measure for National Highway System assessments
• Summer 2016 interns were: Michael Choi, Nicola Crook, Trevor Gopnik, Ricardo Jaramillo, Kai Salem, Benjamin Sundholm, and Tim Wang. They finished their work last week. During their time at the Sabin Center, their projects included research into the potential impacts of carbon capture and storage technologies, an analysis of New York City rules governing procurement as they might relate to green roofs on private property, an examination of the current law in relation to climate displacement, and others.
• Sabin Center submits comments on the scope of the programmatic environmental review of the Federal Coal Program
• "Comma but Differentiated Responsibilities: Punctuation and 30 Other Ways Negotiators Have Resolved Issues in the International Climate Change Regime," by Susan Biniaz (June 2016)
• Michael Gerrard presents "Climate Change and Human Trafficking After the Paris Climate Agreement" at the Judges' Summit on Human Trafficking and Organized Crime, hosted at the Vatican (June 2016)
• Key Environmental Issues in U.S. EPA Region 2 (Video)
• Sabin Center event: Securities Disclosures and Climate Change in View of Peabody and ExxonMobil (Video)
• "Preparing Clients for Climate Change," by Michael Gerrard (GP Solo, May 2016)
• "Local Law Provisions for Climate Change Adaptation," by Justin Gundlach and Dane Warren (May 2016)
• Updated eReport on our recent work (May 2016)
• Sabin Center submits comments on the 2017-2022 Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Plan
• "Sea-Level Rise and Changing Times for Florida Local Governments," by David Markell (working paper, April 2016)
• Video of Sabin Center's event "Governor Cuomo’s Goal of 50% Renewables by 2030: What Will It Take?" (April 2016)
• Video of Michael Gerrard delivering the 22nd Annual Lloyd K. Garrison Lecture on Environmental Law at Pace Law School (April 2016)
• Video of Michael Burger giving the Keynote Address at Georgetown Law School about reducing GHGs under CAA Section 115 (March 2016)
• Sabin Center files amicus brief in Clean Power Plan litigation on behalf of more than 50 city and county governments from 28 states
• New Working Paper: "Downstream and Upstream Greenhouse Gas Emissions: The Proper Scope of NEPA Review," by Michael Burger and Jessica Wentz (Submission Draft, March 2016)
• "Effect of the Paris Climate Agreement on U.S. Businesses," by Michael Gerrard and Edward McTiernan (New York Law Journal, March 2016)
•"Ontario's Climate Change Mitigation and Low Carbon Economy Act: Pious Aspirations or New Dawn?" by Damilola S. Olawuyi (March 2016)
• "Climate Change in the Courts: An assessment of Non-U.S. Climate Litigation" by Meredith Wilensky with contributions from Michael Gerrard
•"Climate Change and Sustainable Development in Brazilian Law" by Gabriel Wedy (March 2016)
• "Survey of Climate Change Considerations in Federal EISs, 2012-2014" by Jessica Wentz, Grant Glovin and Adrian Ang (Feb. 2016), and an accompanying excel database
More publications are available here. Materials from past events are available here.
"What is the Role for Human Rights Advocacy in the Fight Against Climate Change?"
This event is the second in the Human Rights Institute's 2016-17 series "Exploring the Transformative Potential of Human Rights," commemorating the 50th anniversary of the two foundational United Nations human rights covenants.
Please join the discussion with Katharina Rall, Researcher, Health and Human Rights Division, Human Rights Watch (HRW). Ms. Rall will provide background on her research on the relationship between human rights and climate change. She will discuss the work that Human Rights Watch is undertaking on the impacts of climate change on access to food, water, health and livelihoods of marginalized communities.
Date: Tuesday November 01, 2016
Time: 12:10 pm to 1:10 pm | Lunch will be provided
Venue: Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Hall, Room 105, 435 West 116th Street, New York, New York
*Program is sponsored by the Human Rights Institute and the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbila Law School.
Climate Change and Sustainable Investment in Natural Resources: From Consensus to Action
Date: November 2-3, 2016
Time: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
Venue: Faculty House, Columbia University, New York
Registration is free but required. Please register here
The Conference program is available here
Logistical information is available here
*Program is sponsored by the CCSI and co-sponsored by the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network.
Seminar on “Entering into Force: Action Needed to Realize the Priorities of the Paris Agreement”
Date: Wednesday November 02, 2016
Time: 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Venue: Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York, 1 East 42nd Street (between Madison & 5th Ave), B1 Auditorium, New York, NY 10017
Click here for Agenda and Flyer
* Program is sponsored by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York, Permanent Mission of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to the UN, The Academic Council on the UN System, the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law of Columbia University, and Human Impacts Institute.
Disruptive Energy Futures
Featuring Distinguished Guest Speaker: Amory Lovins, Physicist and cofounder and Chief Scientist of Rocky Mountain Institute
Date: Wednesay November 02, 2016
Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Venue: Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Hall, Room 104, 435 West 116th Street, New York, New York
Admission is free but registration is required. RSVP to http://bit.ly/2aMc6tb
Click here for Flyer
*Program is sponsored by the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law and co-sponsored by the Center on Global Energy Policy, and the Earth Institute of Columbia University.
Climate Law and Governance Initiative
Crafting the Paris Rulebook and Implementing the Paris Agreement
Michael Burger Executive Director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law; Research Scholar and Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia Law School, will be on one of the panels.
Additional Information here
Date: Friday November 11, 2016
Time: 8:30 am to 6:00 pm
Venue: Université Privée de Marrakech, Km 13, route d’Amizmiz (Route du barrage lalla Takerkoust) 42312 – Marrakech – Maroc
Registration Information here
What To Expect After The Election
In this program, attendees will hear from Columbia Law School professors about what to expect in areas including: international and national security issues, financial regulation, health care reform, and judicial selection.
Program Chair: Michael B. Gerrard, Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice; Director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
Date: Friday November 18, 2016
Time: 9:00 am to 4:45 pm
Venue: Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Hall, 435 West 116th Street, New York, New York
Program Sessions: http://bit.ly/2dtGwRR
*CLE Credit Available, Including Ethics Credit
Registration Form: http://bit.ly/2dRHA4G
For more information, please contact: CLSExecEd@law.columbia.edu
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