A conference on 'Climate Law in Developing Countries post-2012: North and South Perspectives' will be held from 26 – 28 September 2008 at the University of Ottawa, Canada, hosted by the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law.
This academic conference will examine the legal and policy challenges that developing countries face in mitigating and adapting to climate change while meeting their social and economic needs. It will deal with the various legislative, regulatory, and policy measures that have or could be adopted by developing countries to mitigate or adapt to climate change. The conference also aims to enhance our understanding of how developing countries can position themselves in negotiations to develop a new international legal instrument to replace the Kyoto Protocol arising out of the 2007 Bali meeting, including implementation of the Bali Action Plan. The conference will consider what the role of developing countries may be in a post-Kyoto regime, and how to improve the governance of climate-related policy issues within developing countries in order to contribute to sustainability.
The conference will examine these issues from both the perspective of the North (the so-called developed world) and the South (developing countries), as addressing the situation of the latter will require collaboration globally. It will provide a forum for scholars and other interested persons from the North and South to exchange ideas on the basis of initiatives and lessons learned in their respective countries. The conference will not only generate new scholarly insights into these topics, it will likely also result in substantive legal and policy recommendations for governments and other interested parties. The conference papers will be edited for publication in an appropriate outlet.
Confirmed major speakers include Williams Rees (Canada), Wil Burns (USA), Eric Kwa (Papua New Guinea), Brad Morse (Canada), Yinka Omorogbe (Nigeria), Tianobao Qin (China), Lavanya Rajamani (India), Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger (Canada).