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).
Speakers for Part II:
- Annette Magnusson, Co-founder at Climate Change Counsel
- Wendy Miles QC, Barrister at Twenty Essex
- Jorge E. Viñuales, Harold Samuel Professor of Law and Environmental Policy at University of Cambridge
- Eliseo Castineira, Castineira Law, arbitrator (also moderator for the roundtable)