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Emerging Issues in Intl Law on Climate Change: Briefing for Canadian Lawyers

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Welcome to the introductory page for the following module: Emerging Issues in Intl Law on Climate Change: Briefing for Canadian Lawyers

In this section, the instructors will present learning modules related to climate science; mitigation and its relation to legal practice in Canada; climate finance and its relation to legal practice in Canada; adaptation and its local and national implications; and liability and risk in relation to climate change.

The climate science section will provide an overview of the most current climate change science that is necessary to understand the social and legal issues raised by climate change and legal regimes to address it. The section addressing mitigation and its relation to legal practice in Canada will provide an overview of mitigation, the rules of recent treaty regimes which seek to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and regulatory elements of new instruments for GHG mitigation, highlighting emerging trends of relevance to the practice of law in Canada.

The section addressing adaptation and its local and national implication will provide an overview of legal and regulatory issues related to climate finance, including the rules of relevant treaty regimes and funds, and new opportunities in this area, highlighting emerging trends of relevance to the practice of law in Canada. Finally, the section addressing liability and risk in relation to climate change will provide an overview of legal issues association with risk and liability in the context of climate change, highlighting how these problems have been addressed in international law to date, and trends of relevance to the practice of law in Canada.

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Instructor

Markus W. Gehring

Pr Markus W. Gehring, LLM (Yale University), Dr iur (University of Hamburg), MA (University of Cambridge), is Deputy Director of the Centre for European Legal Studies (CELS) and University Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge. He is Director of Studies in Law and Fellow at Hughes Hall and serves as pro bono Lead Counsel for Trade, Investment and Finance Law with the Centre of International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL). Dr Gehring has been a Visiting Professor at several universities around the world and is ad personam Jean Monnet Chair in Sustainable Development Law in the Faculty of Law, at the University of Ottawa. He is a member of the Frankfurt/Main Bar and a Barrister & Solicitor, Law Society of Upper Canada. Selected publications include Sustainable Development in World Trade Law (Kluwer Law International, 2005) and Sustainable Development in World Investment Law (Kluwer Law International 2010); Dr Gehring also co-edits the Cambridge University Press Series Implementing Treaties on Sustainable Development. His current research centres on Sustainable Development in European and International Law, including climate change and green economy law.