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Climate Wrongs and Human Rights (University of Miami Law Review‘s 2017 Symposium)
February 10, 2017 - February 11, 2017
The University of Miami Law Review‘s 2017 Symposium, Climate Wrongs and Human Rights, has been announced. Scholarship from this annual event will be featured in the symposium issue to be published in the Volume 72, Winter Edition.
Student / General Public Registration – here
CLE Registration (8 credits available) – here
Saturday, February 11, 2017
University of Miami Storer Auditorium
5250 University Drive, Coral Gables, Florida 33146
About the Symposium
The University of Miami Law Review’s Symposium is an annual event that leads to the publication of an issue. This year’s Symposium, entitled “Climate Wrongs and Human Rights” will explore the human rights implications of climate change. Panelists will examine this topic through a variety of subjects, including democracy, federalism, immigration, and philosophy. The Symposium will also feature art by Miami Arist and UM Law Alum, Xavier Cortada.
Panel I—Ground Zero: Miami
What does climate change mean for the City of Miami? This panel will provide a comparative analysis of adaptation measures amongst different parts of the city and will examine the disparate impact of climate change in Miami. This panel will explore if and how law and policy is mitigating the pressing effects of climate change in South Florida.
Abigail Corbett, Shareholder, Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A.
Benjamin Kirtman, Professor, University of Miami Rosenstiel School for Marine and Atmospheric Science
Elizabeth Wheaton, Environment and Sustainability Director, City of Miami Beach
Moderator: Catherine Kaiman, Lecturer in Law, University of Miami School of Law
Panel II—Climate Democracy
Can democracy adequately address climate change and its human rights implications? This panel will explore how political and legal institutions must adapt to the ongoing crisis of climate change to effectuate meaningful solutions.
Rebecca Bratspies, Professor of Law, The City University of New York School of Law
Dale Jamieson, Professor, New York University School of Law
Alice Kaswan, Professor, University of San Francisco School of Law
Moderator: Felix Mormann, Associate Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law
Panel III—Climate Refugees
Is the displacement of climate refugees a humanitarian concern? This panel will discuss the link between climate change and human migration. It will explore if and how immigration law and policy should evolve to address climate refugees.
Sumudu Atapattu, Senior Lecturer, University of Wisconsin Law School
Michael Gerrard, Professor, Columbia Law School
Katrina Wyman, Professor of Law, New York University School of Law
Moderator: Roxana Bacon, Visiting Professor, University of Miami School of Law
Panel IV—Climate Philosophy
Is the right to a clean environment a human right? Do we have a duty to the next generation? We invite the audience to consider these questions as the panelists focus on the moral obligations individuals have in addressing climate change and in ameliorating the human rights implications of climate change. This panel will inquire as to the gaps in urgency between policy makers and scientists.
Stephen Gardiner, Professor, University of Washington
Naomi Oreskes, Professor, Harvard University
Jacqueline Patterson, Director, Environmental and Climate Justice Program, NAACP
Moderator: James Nickel, Professor, University of Miami School of Law
A printable version of the tentative schedule is forthcoming. However, the tentative schedule can be found listed below:
Friday, February 10, 2017
1:00 p.m. – 1: 30 p.m. Registration
1:30 p.m. – 1:35 p.m. Welcome
1:35 p.m. – 1:50 p.m. Introduction of Keynote
1:50 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Keynote: Chief Albert Naquin, Traditional Chief, Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Tribe
2:30 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. Break
2:50 p.m. – 4:20 p.m. Panel I – Ground Zero: Miami
4:20 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Break
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Panel II- Climate Democracy
Saturday, February 11, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Registration
9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Welcome
9:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Panel III—Climate Refugees
11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Break
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Panel IV – Climate Philosophy
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Closing