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Representing future generations in international climate litigation

Monday, November 11th, 2019 @ 12:00pm
William and June Warren Hall, Room 101
Nov 11
Monday, November 11th, 2019 @ 12:00pm
William and June Warren Hall, Room 101

Peter Lawrence of the University of Tasmania Law School will give a lunchtime talk about his paper on representing future generations through international climate litigation. 


Given uncertainties about the effectiveness of the Paris climate agreement, international litigation, as a vehicle for exerting pressure on governments to ratchet up climate mitigation action, is vital.  The paper argues that international tribunals ought to pursue justice - including intergenerational justice. Given ambiguities in international law, this normative framework can provide a powerful justification for tribunals representing future generations in a variety of ways. Drawing on collaborative work with Matthias Hartwig and Lukas Kohler under a German - Australia research project, the paper then explores how to integrate this normative framework with practical strategies.


Dr Peter Lawrence is a senior lecturer at the University of Tasmania (UTAS) Law School, and Faculty Advisor of the University of Tasmania Law Review.  He has published extensively on issues of intergenerational justice and climate change, including Justice for future generations, climate change and international law (2014) and is co-convenor of the UTAS Climate Justice Network.  Peter previously worked as a diplomat with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. 

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