Fall 2022

October 5, 2022: Law School Discusssion on incorporating climate change into the law curriculum, part of the climate law initiative, at noon. Lunch will be served.

October 10, 2022: Virtual Roundtable on “Recent Developments in Climate Law in the US”, Inaugural event of the Wisconsin Initiative on Law and Climate Change (WILCC)

In recent weeks there have been several developments in the US relating to climate change. On June 30, 2022, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in West Virginia v. EPA. On August 6, 2022, President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act with significant funding to address climate change. At the global level, the UN General Assembly adopted resolution 76/300 recognizing, for the first time, the right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment as a human right (which surprisingly received an affirmative vote from the US) closely following the UN Human Rights Council resolution last year. This inaugural event of the Wisconsin Initiative on Law and Climate Change (WILCC), featuring legal academics and practitioners, will discuss these developments and their implications for climate law.

Professor Michael Gerrard, Columbia Law School
Professor Alice Kaswan, University of San Francisco School of Law
Professor Steph Tai, UW Law School
Professor Rebecca Bratspies, City University, New York
Sebastien Duyck, Center for International Environmental law, tbc

Sumudu Atapattu, Director, Global Legal Studies Center, UW Law School

Global Legal Studies Center, Laurie Carlson Progressing Ideas Forum, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies


Spring 2023

April 10, 2023: "
Climate Change and Human Rights in Brazil," by Fabio Feldmann, lawyer, activist and environmental consultant, 11:00am-12:00pm, Room 5246 Law, part of the Wisconsin Initiative on Law and Climate Change (WILCC), multiple sponsors.  See flyer

April 14-15, 2023: Workshop on Climate Justice and Racial Capitalism (hybrid event)
Day 1: 3250 Law - 9:30am-5:30pm
Day 2: 7200 Law - 9:30am-12:30pm (informal session to discuss next steps)


The concept of racial capitalism has been embraced by scholars and activists as a means of exploring the common roots of contemporary social and ecological crises. These include unprecedented environmental degradation, extreme economic inequality, the resurgence of authoritarian ethno-nationalism, increasingly militarized and racialized policing and border control, and the expulsion to the margins of society of growing numbers of humans, including persons who are unemployed, incarcerated, or homeless. This essay examines the logic of racial capitalism in order to distinguish between reforms that entrench it and those that facilitate its dismantlement (Gonzalez, C.G., 2023)

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/racial-capitalism-and-climate-justice-symposium-tickets-602575949887

Global Legal Studies Center, Human Rights Program, Laurie Carlson Progressive Ideas Forum, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and Center for European Studies

April  18-19, 2023: Earth Day conference, 2023: Species on the Move. 
April 18, 2023 (in person event): "Addressing Human Mobility in a Warming World: Challenges and Opportunities" by Erica Bower, climate displacement researcher, Human Rights Watch Cohosted by the Laurie Carlson Progressive Ideas Forum and the Wisconsin Initiative on Law and Climate Change

April 19, 2023 - virtual events breakout session 11-11:50am

Seeking Sanctuary: What Human and Wildlife Migration Have in Common, Hosted by the Loka Initiative, speakers: Delika Chungyalpa, Brian McInnes and Sumudu Atapattu




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