"The Paris Agreement & Climate Geoengineering Options"

Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018
Lubar Commons

Dr. William Burns, scholar-in-residence at American University, presents "The Paris Agreement & Climate Geoengineering Options." The lecture is part of the Law School's series on New Technologies and International Governance. Dr. Sumudu Atapattu will host.

About the lecture

In recent years, the feckless response of the world community to climate change has led to a steadily growing drumbeat for research into, and potential deployment of so-called "climate geoengineering options." While climate geoengineering approaches could potentially help us avoid passing critical climatic thresholds, many of them are also fraught with risk, and could produce winners and losers, emphasizing the need for just, equitable and effective governance architecture.

Given the central role of the Paris Agreement in international climate policymaking, a pertinent question is how climate geoengineering approaches might be governed under the Agreement, if at all. The purpose of this presentation will be to assess the potential role of the Paris Agreement in Governing climate geoengineering research and/or deployment, including their potential role in the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) of the Agreement's Parties, as well as other aspects of the Agreement that might guide potential deployment by the Parties, including human rights and sustainable development provisions.

About Dr. Burns

Dr. Wil Burns, PhD, is a Scholar in Residence at the School of International Service, at American University and a Senior Fellow in the International Law Research Program at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). From 2012 to 2014 he founded and directed the MS in Energy Policy and Climate Program at Johns Hopkins University, where he taught courses in domestic and international climate change law and domestic energy law. He also serves as the Co-Chair of the International Environmental Law Committee of the American Branch of the International Law Association and is the President of the Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences. He is also the former Co-Chair of the International Environmental Law interest group of the American Society of International Law. He has published over 75 articles in law, science, and policy journals and has co-edited four books.

Prior to becoming an academic, he served as Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs for the State of Wisconsin and worked in the non-governmental sector for twenty years, including as Executive Director of the Pacific Center for International Studies.

Sponsored by The Global Legal Studies Center and Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.


Submitted by Law School News on September 27, 2018

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