Wisconsin International Law Journal Annual Symposium

Spring 2018

Sustainable Development Goals and International Law: Intersections of Environmental Law, Human Rights and Environmental Justice

Friday April 6, 2018
Room 2260, UW Law School
8:30am - 5:30pm

Keynote speaker

Margarette May Macaulay

Commissioner Margarette May Macaulay

Overview of the symposium

2015 was a historic year for environmental protection in many respects. The international community adopted the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.  The concept of sustainable development has had a long and winding road culminating in the adoption of the SDGs in 2015. From a rather rocky start with the adoption of the report ‘Our Common Future’, sustainable development has consolidated its position as a policy goal at both national and international levels. However, sustainable development and sustainability have remained rather elusive concepts - hard to define and hard to achieve.  The SDGs in this respect are a welcome and long-overdue development. They provide us with measurable goals and targets, and indicators are also in the making. From the Brundtland report in 1987 to the Rio Declaration in 1992 and the adoption of the SDGs in 2015, the global community took close to three decades to flesh out the parameters of sustainable development.

This symposium seeks to discuss the three pillars of sustainable development as articulated by the global community in the Copenhagen Declaration on Social Development (1995) and endorsed later by the Johannesburg Declaration on Sustainable Development (2002) – environmental protection, economic development and social development - and discuss how SDGs intersect with them using the intersection of environmental law, human rights and environmental justice as overarching frameworks.  

UN Sustainable Development Goals

Confirmed speakers

Dr Sumudu Atapattu, University of Wisconsin Law School
Professor Rebecca Bratspies, CUNY School of Law, New York
Professor Duncan French, University of Lincoln, U.K.
Professor Erika George, University of Utah
Professor Joshua Gellers, University of North Florida
Professor Carmen Gonzalez, Seattle University School of Law
Professor Lakshman Guruswamy, University of Colorado at Boulder
Professor Usha Natarajan, The American University in Cairo, Egypt
Professor Ileana Porras, University of Miami School of Law
Professor Sara Seck, Dalhousie University, Canada
Professor Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger, University of Waterloo, Canada & Center for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL)
Professor Christina Voigt, University of Oslo, Norway

Program - coming soon

To facilitate planning, please register HERE


JD grants, UW Law School
Global Legal Studies Center, UW-Madison
Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, UW-Madison
University Lectures Committee, UW-Madison
Office of Sustainability, UW-Madison
Jean Monnet European Union Center of Excellence, UW-Madison
Laurie Carlson Progressive Ideas Forum
WI Experience grant, UW-Madison

Logistics memo to participants

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