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Leverhulme Lecture: Accelerating Paris Agreement compliance for sustainable development

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Leverhulme Lecture & Distinguished Experts Dialogue

Watch leading international jurists, senior leaders and academics, and renowned trade and investment experts, insightfully identify new directions for accelerating Paris Agreement compliance and enabling achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals as a component of pandemic recovery and the global, guided by international law and policy.

This event features a Distinguished Experts Dialogue between respected international judges and arbitrators, expert professors of international trade and investment law, and senior leaders of international organisations and educational institutions in the field of international trade and investment law, public policy and sustainable development.

The Dialogue is preceded by a public online Leverhulme Lecture, opened by Professor Diane Coyle, Co-Director of the Bennett Institute for Public Policy, which is being provided by Professor Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger, Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor, University of Cambridge, Senior Director, Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL), Full Professor of International Law, School of Environment, Entrepreneurship & Development, University of Waterloo and author of Athena’s Treaties: Crafting Trade and Investment Accords for Sustainable Development (Oxford University Press, June 2021).

The Leverhulme Lectures raise complex, inter-linked ‘wicked problems’ and innovative solutions to global economic concerns, health pandemics, climate change, natural resources and biodiversity degradation, poverty and injustice.

They consider how the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) offer a common global public policy agenda, supported by binding international legal principles and rules derived from treaty regimes, interpreted by courts and tribunals, for pandemic response and recovery. In the present lecture, experts consider how international trade and investment law, including dispute settlement, can foster a more sustainable recovery of the world economy, advancing new directions for research, education and practice in this field.

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