List of Sections
Energy Law and Environmental Law in times of Climate Emergency
Climate change is the biggest environmental crisis of our time. Especially in recent years, our planet has been exposed to environmental challenges caused or exacerbated by climate change. The effects of climate change include heatwaves, droughts, more frequent and powerful tropical cyclones, heavier monsoon rains, accelerated sea level rise or biodiversity loss. Recognizing that climate change represents an urgent and potentially irreversible threat to human societies and the planet, 197 countries agreed to hold global average temperature increase to well below 2°C and pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5°C (Article 2 of the Paris Agreement).
However, countries are not on track to meet Paris Agreement’s goal. If governments fully achieve the emissions cuts they have committed to, there is a 66% chance that warming will be only limited to 3.2°C by the end of the century (United Nations Environmental Programme). Lack of global cooperation, lack of governance of the required energy and land transformation, and increases in resource-intensive consumption are considered to be key impediments to achieving 1.5°C pathways, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
In the face of worsening climate crisis, a number of countries including the UK, Canada, France or Argentina, hundreds of cities (New York, London, Paris, Sydney or Berlin), Pope Francis and also the European Parliament stressed the urgency of enhanced ambition to tackle climate change and declared climate emergency.
The term “emergency” is a way of signalling the need to go beyond reform-as-usual. The global response to climate change has to comprise transitions in land and ecosystem, energy, urban, infrastructure and industrial systems (IPCC). Energy transition, a pathway toward transformation of the global energy sector from fossil-based to zero-carbon, appears to be unavoidable. Thus, the conference aims to explore and discuss the role of energy and environmental law in responding to climate emergency.
You are invited to address contemporary challenges to energy law and environmental law under the following themes (not exhaustively):
- Implementation of the Paris Agreement and the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
- Transition towards a low-carbon economy
- Energy transition from fossil-based to zero-carbon
- Legal and policy instruments available to support the deployment of renewable energy
- Investments in low-carbon technologies and their protection
- Challenges to the global governance of climate change:Is the current legal and institutional framework effective?
- Potential impacts of the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement
- The role of non-state actors, municipalities and individuals in the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
- The role of the private sector in the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
- The role of science in the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
- Corporate social responsibility approaches implementing the vision of sustainable development at the corporate level
- EU’s Emissions Trading System
- Best Practices for Climate Adaptation
- Land use as a key sector for addressing climate change, both in mitigation and adaptation
Brexit and its consequences
Following a difficult internal political situation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland has left the European Union on January 31, 2020. The so-called Brexit is fraught with many legal consequences, including the impact on private international law.
This section focuses on the legal consequences of Brexit, which can be conceptualized both from the perspective of private international law and from the perspective of other legal disciplines in a broader context. Papers focusing for instance on whether the UK will remain to apply EU regulations from the private international law area, or what legal instruments are ought to be applicable instead are welcomed. It is feasible to focus on the areas of international jurisdiction, recognition and enforcement, mutual legal assistance, or conflict-of-law issues. Furthermore, another area of focus might be the assessment of the binding nature of Court of Justice of the European Union case law for disputes arising after the Brexit, considering the common law system of precedents practised in the UK. Consequently, international arbitration might be impacted by Brexit, as well as the freedom of movement for workers and freedom of movement in general. A view of other branches of law, such as labour law, constitutional law, EU law, the law of intellectual property etc. might be likewise of interest. The section may also include political and economic aspects and consequences of Brexit. The papers may elaborate on comparison of the rule of law during the transitional period in terms of the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and the rule of law which might ensue after the transitional period.