Global Climate Change and Sustainable Development: Challenges and Opportunities for International Law

The Wisconsin International Law Journal 27th Annual Symposium

Global Climate Change and Sustainable Development: Challenges and Opportunities for International Law

Friday, March 6, 2009
8:15 AM – 5:15 PM
Room 2260, Law Building
CLE Credits for Wisconsin attorneys pending.

Registration for this event is required by February 24, 2009. Please email Ana A. Machado to register.

This is the first WILJ Symposium to address international environmental legal issues in at least ten years and it will focus on climate change in a truly global sense, including the particular effects it will have on different regions and populations, as well as specific areas of the law.

We have confirmed a great variety of well-respected scholars and practitioners from around the world to present different aspects of the issue of climate change and the effects it is having and will have on the global environment and international law.  Additionally, each speaker will prepare a correlating publication for the Symposium issue of WILJ.  Our confirmed keynote speaker is the former Vice-President and Justice of the International Court of Justice, as well as the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka, the Honorable Christopher Gregory Weeramantry.


The Honorable Christopher Gregory Weeramantry (Sri Lanka)
Justice Weeramantry is a world-renowned legal scholar and a former Justice and Vice-President of the International Court of Justice, who has played a crucial role in strengthening and expanding the rule of international law. His work demonstrates how international law can be used to address current global challenges such as the continued threat of nuclear weapons, the protection of human rights and the protection of the environment. In his well-known separate opinion in the Gabcikovo-Nagymaros Project (Hungary v. Slovakia) , one of the most important environmental law cases to date, Justice Weeramantry gave much strength to the concept of sustainable development, a central facet of the mitigation of global climate change.

8:15 am – Registration & Breakfast
8:45 am – Welcome
9:00 am – 10:30 am: Panel I-Scientific, Legal & Policy Issues
10:30 am – Break
10:45 am – 12:15 pm:
Panel II- Challenges for International Law & Human Rights: Environmental Justice, Migration and Security Issues
12:15 pm – Lunch
1:00 pm – 3:15 pm:
Panel III- Climate Change & Business: Social and Corporate Responsibility, Risk Management, and Energy
3:15 pm – Break
3:30 pm – 5:15 pm: Panel IV-Looking to the Future: Post-Kyoto Legal Regime and Implications of Local Action for International Environmental Governance
5:15 pm – Closing Remarks

Dan Anderson (United States-UW Madison)
Sumudu Atapattu (United States-UW Madison/Sri Lanka)
Gabriel Eckstein (United States)
David Hunter (United States)
Konstantia Koutouki (Canada)
Luis Martinez (United States)
Tia Nelson (United States)
Greg Nemet (United States-UW Madison)
Benjamin Richardson (Canada)
Stephanie Tai (United States-UW Madison)
Daniel Taillant (Argentina)
Roy Thilly (United States)

Sponsor: Wisconsin International Law Journal
Co-Sponsors: Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy (WAGE) , Global Legal Studies Center, Institute for Legal Studies, Division of International Studies, Global Studies, Center for South Asia, Environmental Law Section of the WI State Bar, UW School of Business, Center for European Studies, UW Lectures Committee, Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment, East Asian Legal Studies Center, Certificate on Humans and the Global Environment, Associated Students of Madison.