This academic law and public policy conference will welcome international jurists and academics, and renowned legal and public policy experts, to share insights and identify new directions in the lead up to COP26.
The Paris Agreement charts a new course in the global effort to address climate change. For progressively more ambitious nationally determined contributions to the global response to climate change, countries need specific domestic measures to reduce emissions and adapt to the effects of climate change on all levels, and to change the direction of financial flows.
Non-party stakeholders are also invited to scale up their efforts. Since COP22, the Marrakesh Partnership has focused these efforts through the UNFCCC Race to Zero campaign. In the lead-up to COP26 in November 2021, Glasgow, UK, the UNFCCC High-Level Climate Champions are focussing on the scaling up of efforts by financial institutions and the corporates they invest in, among many other actors across society.
The Conference will feature keynotes and experts plenary with leading practitioners, researchers and academics in the areas of law, climate change, politics, land economy and beyond. There will also be special climate law careers sessions for emerging scholars, junior law and governance practitioners and students.
The Conference will focus on five themes, linked to the COP26 debates:
- Advancing Paris Agreement innovations – Progress & opportunities in transparency, markets and non-market instruments, finance, loss and damage, compliance and implementation mechanisms.
- Scaling-up climate legal frameworks for action: Effective climate governance, public and private sector industry-wide, cross-sectoral and entire value and supply-chain GHG mitigation standards, rights-based approaches, loss and damage, human mobility and climate justice litigation.
- Designing international interlinkages and engagement: Climate change in regimes on maritime governance, biodiversity, ozone, civil aviation, trade, investment, human rights, peace and security.
- Scaling up nature-based solutions for mitigation and resilience: Legal and governance frameworks for adaptation and resilience and addressing loss and damage, conservation and sustainable use of terrestrial and marine and ocean ecosystems, promotion of sustainable development.
- Incentivising climate-positive measures to foster ambition towards carbon neutrality and carbon negativity: State and regional policies and legislation for rapid decarbonisation, as well as broader public and private international law and policy measures to promote clean energies and incentivise carbon-negative technologies at all levels.
* In person participation at University of Cambridge venues will be subject to capacity limits in accordance with University and UK Covid-19 protocols at the time of the Conference.