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Webinar: Ecological Human Rights and the Climate Crisis: A Critique of the Paris Agreement from the Lens of Ecological Law

Thursday, November 19, 2020 12:30 PM EST

In this lecture, Carla introduced the lens of ecological law, an analytical tool developed to help understand the transition from contemporary law (environmental and other) to ecological law, and apply the lens to the Paris climate framework. From this basis, Carla offered some reflections on the intersection of the climate and ecological crises, human rights and human needs, and make a case for ecological human rights. Participants were invited to contribute to this reflection, including by discussing the lessons we can draw from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Introducing the speaker:
Carla Sbert is an independent researcher in Danford Lake, Quebec. Born in Mexico, where she studied law at ITAM, she also holds an LLM from Harvard Law School and a PhD in law from the University of Ottawa. Before turning her focus to research on ecological law, Carla worked in environmental law and policy for twenty years. Her book The Lens of Ecological Law: A Look at Mining, was published in April by Edward Elgar.


Thursday, November 19, 2020 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM EST

Webinar: Impacts of COVID-19 on Mobility Policies in the EU with Prof. Iris Goldner Lang

November 12, 2020

1230-130pm EST (Montreal Time)

In this webinar, Prof. Iris Goldner Lang will be introducing us to the impacts of COVID-19 on mobility policies in the EU.

COVID-19 policies in the European Union have severely restricted free movement, migration, and asylum rights, This lecture will indicate the particularities of anti-COVID-19 mobility measures in the EU and disclose their implications for free movement of persons in the Schengen border-free area and for the right to seek asylum, as guaranteed by EU law.

About the Author:

Iris Goldner Lang is a Jean Monnet professor of European Union law at the University of Zagreb – Faculty of Law. She is one of the coordinators of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence “EU’s Global Leadership in the Rule of Law”, the holder of the UNESCO Chair on Free Movement of People, Migration and Inter-Cultural Dialogue and a member of the Steering Committee of the UNESCO Unit for Bioethics and Law at the University of Zagreb – Faculty of Law. She works at the Department of European Public Law, which she chaired from 2013 until 2015. She held visiting positions and Harvard Law School and University College London (UCL). She was a John Harvey Gregory Visiting Professor of Law and World Organization and a Fulbright Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School in 2015/2016 and a Visiting Researcher at University College London (summer 2017) and at Harvard Law School (summer 2018). She was also an invited lecturer at the Court of Justice of the European Union, European Parliament, LSE, University of Stockholm, University of Vienna, University of Lisbon, Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Alpbach Forum Summer School, Boston University, Temple University, etc.

She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Horizon 2020 project “Reconciling Science, Innovation and Precaution through the Engagement of Stakeholders" (RECIPES), led by Maastricht University. She is the president of the Croatian Society for European Law (FIDE national association), the Croatian representative in the Odysseus Academic Network for Legal Studies on Immigration and Asylum in Europe and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Academy of European Law (ERA). She is the Editor-In-Chief of the Croatian Yearbook of European Law and Policy and a member of the ERA Forum Advisory Board. She is the editor of three books and the author of numerous articles, chapters in books and an authored book.

Lecture Series: Professor Randall Abate

Anthropocene Accountability Litigation: Strategic Collaboration to Address Climate Change Impacts from “Common Enemies” in the Private Sector

This presentation offers a new perspective in the quest for climate justice. It addresses creative common law and statutory law theories that seek to hold fossil fuel companies and concentrated animal feeding operations (“CAFOs” or “factory farms”) accountable for their role as “common enemies” in harming humans, the environment, and animals by exacerbating climate change while profiting from their operations. Myriad cutting-edge lawsuits against these industries are underway in the U.S. in the past few years, but there has been no scholarly inquiry that unites the theories from the environmental law (fossil fuel companies) and animal law (CAFOs) domains into one analysis. This presentation will evaluate these efforts in a broader context to explore how the environmental and animal law movements can collaborate more effectively around the issue of climate change to secure mutual gains in protecting humans, animals, and the environment. It explores how the two movements need to leverage public and private governance mechanisms to promote transitions away from reliance on carbon-intensive fossil fuel use and methane-intensive factory farms as significant drivers of the U.S. economy at the expense of the environment, animals, and public health in the Anthropocene era.

Randall S. Abate is the inaugural Rechnitz Family and Urban Coast Institute Endowed Chair in Marine and Environmental Law and Policy, and a Professor in the Department of Political Science and Sociology, at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey. He also serves as the Director of the Institute for Global Understanding at Monmouth. He teaches courses in domestic and international environmental law, climate justice, constitutional law, and animal law. Professor Abate joined the Monmouth faculty in 2018 with 24 years of full-time law teaching experience at six U.S. law schools. He has delivered lectures and taught international and comparative law courses on environmental and animal law topics in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, the Cayman Islands, China, Colombia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Morocco, the Netherlands, Norway, Qatar, Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, the U.K, and Vanuatu.

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Environmental Accountability in Ontario with Dr. Dianne Saxe, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario


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