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.
* 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.
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
Food, Farming, and Climate: Legal Advocacy for Addressing Climate Change and the Food System
Peter Lehner '84, Senior Attorney with Earthjustice, will discuss the nexus between climate change and the food system, with a focus on legal advocacy tools available to mitigate the climate impacts of the food system, and to adapt the food system to the reality of climate change.
Date: Tuesday October 25, 2016
*Program was sponsored by the Environmental Law Society and the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbila Law School.
Environmental Law: Time to Reboot
Second David Sive Memorial Lecture: James Gustave Speth
2nd Annual Climate Change Symposium, South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center
Date: Saturday, June 18, 2016 Contact: Diana Aceti at 631-903-7217, email@example.com
PETER BOYD, Founder of The Time4Good Group, Senior Advisor & Climate Lead for the B Team STEVEN ENGLEBRIGHT, New York State Assembly member for the 4th District, SoFo Board Trustee BRIDGET M. FLEMING, Suffolk County Legislator representing Suffolk's 2nd District MICHAEL B. GERRARD, Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia Law School & Director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law FRED W. THIELE, Jr., New York State Assemblyman representing New York State's 1st District EDWINA VON GAL, Founder - President of Perfect Earth Project & noted Hamptons Landscape Designer
Key Environmental Issues in U.S. EPA Region 2 CLE CREDIT: NEW YORK STATE: Columbia Law School has been certified by the New York State Continuing Legal Education(CLE) Board as an Accredited Provider of CLE Programs. NEW JERSEY: New Jersey CLE Board approval is pending for this live program. ELIGIBILITY: CLE credit is awarded to attorneys for full attendance of the Program in its entirety. Attorneys attending only part of the Program may be eligible for partial credit. Attendance is determined by an attorney’s sign-in and sign-out, as shown in the Conference registers. On sign-out, attorneys should also submit their completed Evaluation Form, provided at the Conference.
Securities Disclosures and Climate Change in View of Peabody and ExxonMobil
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s recent settlement with Peabody Energy and his and other state attorney generals’ investigations of ExxonMobil have increased the interest in what corporations must disclose in their securities filings about the effect that climate change regulation, and climate change itself, will have on their businesses. The concept of “unburnable carbon” is also receiving new attention in the securities disclosure context in the wake of the Paris Climate Agreement. This forum will address New York’s actions and the efforts of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures concerning climate disclosures.
Governor Cuomo’s Goal of 50% Renewables by 2030: What Will It Take?
Governor Andrew Cuomo has taken action to require 50 percent of the state's electricity supply to come from renewable resources like solar, wind, and hydro by 2030. This decarbonization is a central part of the state's efforts to fight climate change. At this event the principal architect of the program will discuss how it will be achieved, followed by commentaries by representatives of important elements of the energy industry and environmental community.
Prakash Javadekar, Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change, speaks at a September 28 program at Columbia Law School moderated by Sabin Center Director Michael Gerrard and with remarks by Earth Institute Director Jeffrey Sachs.
The Center on Global Energy Policy and the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law hosted a discussion on Meeting China's Climate Goals. In November 2014, US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping announced an historic agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions from their two countries. On the eve of President Xi's visit to the US and summit with President Obama, this event looked at the opportunities and challenges China faces in meeting its climate goals. How can China shift its economy away from coal-fired power generation, improve energy efficiency and increase the share of low carbon energy sources in its economy? How can the US and China work together to promote their shared climate objectives? What role will climate change play at the Obama-Xi summit?
Video and powerpoint presentations available here.
A panel discussion with Howard Kunreuther (The Wharton School), Sergej Mahnovski (Director, NYC Mayor's Office of Long Term Planning & Sustainability), Joshua Saks (Legislative Director, National Wildlife Federation), Steve Ellis (VP, Taxpayers for Common Sense), and Kevin Boyle (Managing Editor, Rockaway Wave). Moderated by Professor Michael B. Gerrard.
December 4, 2013
Please skip ahead to start of program at 3:57 on video.
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, there is a debate on whether to rebuild the areas that were devastated and continue to be vulnerable. Both New York and New Jersey have announced limited programs to buy out certain homes, but these programs are extremely expensive and can lead to checkerboard patterns. This forum will not advocate any particular approach, but will explore these underlying legal questions:
1. What governmental actions in restricting development or reconstruction in vulnerable areas are “takings” that require compensation? 2. How would the government adopt a policy of managed retreat from the coastlines—through changes in zoning and building codes, restrictions on infrastructure, or other methods? What process would be needed? 3. What is the role of federal flood insurance and private insurance in shaping patterns of development or redevelopment in vulnerable areas? 4. Where has managed retreat been attempted in the past? What is the experience with these attempts, and what procedures were followed?
J. Peter Byrne Professor and Faculty Director, Georgetown Climate Center, Georgetown Law School
Vicki L. Been Boxer Family Professor of Law and Director, Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, New York University School of Law
Howard Kunreuther James G. Dinan Professor and Co-Director, Risk Management and Decision Processes Center, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Anne Siders Associate Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School
Michael B. Gerrard Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice and Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School