As part of Paris Arbitration Week 2021, I am proud to organise two webinars on energy and climate change.
Why two webinars on the same topic?
The answer lies in the famous phrase of Albert Camus, “[t]o misname an object is to add to the misfortune of the world” (Sur une philosophie de l'expression, 1944).
A logical prerequisite for appropriate action by governments and businesses to mitigate the effects of climate change in a world in which time is of the essence, with finite raw materials and severe energy constraints, is to first understand the problem, namely the relevant science and physical reality. Any plan or action not meeting this prerequisite is a shot in the dark (Part I).
If policies are adapted to the intangible laws of physics, economic and legal systems, including international law, may then help mitigate the effects of climate change. In any event, international law and arbitration can give due consideration to climate as part of global justice only by adopting a science-based approach (Part II).
Part I will be presented by Jean-Marc Jancovici.
Mr Jancovici is an engineer who authored several books and numerous articles on energy and climate change. Mr Jancovici is a member of France’s Haut Conseil pour le Climat as well as a Founding Partner of Carbone 4 and the President of the Shift Project, respectively the leading consultancy and think tank in energy transition and adaptation to climate change in France. Mr. Jancovici is also, inter alia, a professor at Mines Paris Tech and has been one of France’s delegates at various COP conferences.