Sustainable Democratic Constitutionalism and Climate Change


Chancellor Day Hall Maxwell Cohen Moot Court (NCDH 100), 3644 rue Peel, Montreal, QC, H3A 1W9, CA

Save the date for the McGill Law Journal's (MLJ) 2020 Annual Lecture with James Tully, Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Law at University of Victoria.

We know that law is a major enabler of the human activities that cause climate change, biodiversity destruction, and related eco-social crises. We also turn to the law to regulate, mitigate and attempt to transform these unsustainable human activities and systems. Yet these regulatory regimes are often ‘recaptured’ or ‘overridden’ in turn by the very anthropogenic processes causing the crises, as Joseph Stiglitz puts it.

Le cercle vicieux qui en résulte constitue le trilemme mondial du XXIe siècle qui transforme la Terre, de manière inégale, en milieu inhabitable pour les humains et pour les autres espèces. Un constitutionnalisme démocratique durable, intégral, non violent, modeste, expérimental, à tâtonnement, est l’une des réponses à ce trilemme.

In the lecture, Professor Tully will set out basic features of this response and discuss its strengths and weaknesses with the audience.

La conférence sera suivie d’une réception où seront servis des rafraîchissements.

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This event is eligible for inclusion as continuing legal education as reported by members of the Barreau du Québec.

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