Invitation and Call for Papers: 2015 Cambridge Symposium on Implementing International Law on Climate Change

Tuesday, 15 September, 2015 - 08:48
How can climate change law and governance contribute to the advancement of sustainable development in a carbon-constrained world?  What innovative legal instruments, policies and institutions will be needed to implement the outcomes of the 21rst Conference of the Parties (CoP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change? What should be the focus of the future research and education agenda, across academia, scientific institutions, governments and the climate justice community?

In this international symposium for climate law and governance knowledge co-generation and exchange, just before COP21 in Paris, leading climate law, policy and governance academics, policy-makers and practitioners will share valuable insights on past successes, current challenges and potential future solutions regarding climate change law and governance. All interested policy-makers, academics, researchers, jurists, scientists and students working on law, governance and policy aspects of climate change and sustainable development are welcome to join this global conversation on climate law and governance in Cambridge on the 27th and 28th of November.

Hosted by the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL), the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge (LCIL) and a consortium of the world’s leading law faculties, together with the International Law Association, the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), among other partners, the symposium will take place over two days in Cambridge from Friday 27th – Saturday 28th November 2015.

The symposium will feature keynotes, panels and roundtable workshops on topics such as:
  • Law and policy incentives for renewable energy (feed-in tariffs, subsidies, procurement)
  • Legal preparedness for REDD+ and forest carbon mitigation
  • Law and governance tools for sustainable landscapes
  • Law and governance for clean development and economy-wide mitigation mechanisms (INDCs, JI and CDM)
  • Law and policy innovations for adaptation and resilience, including disaster risk reduction and disaster response
  • Human rights implications of climate change laws and policies
  • Human mobility, law and the impacts of climate change
  • Climate loss and damage, liability and compensation
  • Transparency, access to information and justice in climate change decision-making
  • Reporting and accountability, including monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) processes
  • Social and environmental impact assessments of climate measures
  • Rules and governance of climate finance
  • Innovative trade and investment rules for the low-carbon economy
  • Laws and policies governing emissions trading and carbon taxes

More information is available on our website: 

Interested partners or presenters should email the symposium coordinators at, with a short (e.g. 200-word) abstract of their paper explaining how it relates to one of the listed topics, and a 100-word biography, by 01 November 2015

Those interested in advance registration for the symposium, or in assisting in conference outreach, should email the conference coordinators at by 01 October 2015. Numbers are limited, so early registration is recommended to avoid disappointment.
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