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Online Leverhulme Lecture & Distinguished Experts Dialogue: Natural Resources, the Sustainable Development Goals and International Law

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Hear leading international jurists and academics, and renowned natural resources management and public policy experts, share insights and identify new directions for natural resources management and the global Sustainable Development Goals, guided by international law and policy.

After a welcome from Professor Stephen J Toope, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, this special online event is chaired by the Rt. Hon Professor Nico Schrijver, Professor Emeritus of Public International Law of the University of Leiden Law School. Rt Hon Lord Jonathan Mance, Baron Mance, former Deputy President of the United Kingdom Supreme Court and Chair of the International Law Association worldwide, will give opening remarks.

The event will feature a Distinguished Experts Dialogue between respected international judges, expert professors of international law, heads of international treaty secretariats and international institutes in the field of law, public policy and sustainable development. The dialogue will be preceded by a public online Leverhulme Lecture, opened by Professor Diane Coyle, Inaugral Bennett Professor of Public Policy and Co-Director of the Bennett Institute for Public Policy, University of Cambridge, 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), Executive Secretary, UNFCCC CoP26 Climate Law and Governance Initiative, and Full Professor of Law, School of Environment, Entrepreneurship & Development, University of Waterloo.

This series of open public Leverhulme Lectures raises complex, inter-linked ‘wicked problems’ of climate change, drought and hunger; natural resources mismanagement; terrestrial and marine ecosystems degradation and rising global poverty and injustice. It considers 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. In the present lecture, experts consider how international law, including dispute settlement, can foster more sustainable management of the world’s fragile resources, advancing new directions for research, education and practice in this field?

As well as policy-makers, academics, professionals, civil society and business leaders, and the public, keen secondary students, including those affected by COVID-19 lockdowns, are particularly welcome.

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