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In the News: Law & Governance Day at COP 22 Marrakech

During CoP22, the Climate Law and Governance Initiative welcomed Université Privée de Marrakech, Hassan 1er University, and Cadi Ayyad University into its worldwide partnership of leading universities, law associations, judicial institutes, inter-governmental organizations and foundations, to advance implementation of the Paris Agreement. Together with these new partners, the coalition of CLGI partners hosted a series of seminars, conferences and symposia world-wide, culminating in the second annual Climate Law and Governance Day on Friday 11 November 2016, as an official CoP22 side event. The event drew an audience of over 260 government delegates, law and policy practitioners, academics, and students. Through intergovernmental plenaries, plenary keynotes, expert roundtables and participatory workshops, the participants discussed the law and policy reform elements of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and the Paris Agreement, the Climate SDG, and the Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol. A one-day capacity building course was also offered to local students and government delegates on Sunday 13th November in partnership with Université Hassan 1er de Settat.  Ira Feldman organized and moderated the panel on the use of voluntary international standards to implement the Paris Agreement and presented a segment of the capacity building course. More on the Climate Law and Governance Initiative available at: www.climatelawgovernance.org/.

Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger (Climate Law & Governance Initiative) with Ira Feldman in Marrakech

On November 11, 2015 the Sustainable Development Law & Policy brief at Washington College of Law hosted its annual symposium and this year’s timely topic was “All Eyes on Paris: The Global Agreement on Climate Change” given the upcoming international UNFCCC negotiations in Paris in December.

The final panel of the day (pictured) was moderated by Professor David Hunter and focused on adaptation and compensation. Ira Feldman gave an overview of adaptation strategies and the need for large-scale adaptation policies, and he was followed by Alan Miller who discussed the challenges of adaptation projects. Then Adaptation Fund Secretariat Manager Marcia Levaggi (and current ILSP LL.M student) gave an overview of the various UNFCCC funds and highlighted how the Adaptation Fund works. The discussion then shifted to compensation for climate change harm. Columbia Law Professor Michael Burger noted the challenges of climate change lawsuits using several in the U.S. as examples. Then Greenpeace lawyer Naomi Ages, who heads its climate liability project, discussed both the negotiations around loss and damage and climate liability of countries and companies.