The IUCN Commission on Environmental Law and the University of Texas School of Law presented a roundtable colloquium on “Climate Change Law and Policy after Copenhagen” on Thursday, April 1, 2010, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Eidman Courtroom in the University of Texas.
Dean Sager from the University of Texas School of Law welcomed the audience and opened the discussion.
The roundtable colloquium consisted of three panel presentations in which experts and professors from the University of Texas discussed “Climate Change Policy Developments at the National and Subnational Levels”; “Implications of the New Direction Taken in the Copenhagen Accord”; and “The Political Fallout from Climate-gate”. Each presentation was followed by a discussion session.
Three members of the CEL Steering Committee, Dr. David Hunter, Prof. Antonio Benjamin and Dr. Smrithi Talwar, spoke during the discussions and gave their countries’ perspective on the subject. Other panelists included David Spence (McCombs); Josh Busby (LBJ); David Adelman, for the University of Texas School of Law; Camille Parmesan, also from UT, as well as an IPCC scientist, Ray Orbach, Director of the UT Energy Institute.
The colloquium was also sponsored by the University of Texas Center for Global Energy, International Arbitration, and Environmental Law; the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy; the Center for Sustainable Development; the Energy Management and Innovation Center; the Environmental Science Institute; and the Energy Institute.
A live video of the roundtable was streamed for students and others to follow. Once the event was over, participants continued discussing and exchanging comments and opinions during a reception held in the University of Texas School of Law.