Translating Climate Science for the Human Rights Court Room/Science climatique et juges Droits de l'homme
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Translating Climate Science for the Human Rights Court Room/Science climatique et juges Droits de l'homme

An Interdisciplinary Encounter between Science and Law



Science doesn't just need to be generated, it needs to be understood. How can we expect experts in the law to assess and integrate climate science in judicial decision-making ?

In light of the increasing pressure on international human rights adjudicative bodies to adjudicate on matters related to climate change, this symposium brings together eminent contributors from various disciplines to comment on the interpretation of climate science within the judicial setting.

Acknowledging that judges will be tasked to engage in this complex, interdisciplinary exercise, the symposium seeks to mirror this complexity by bringing together scientists, historians and legal experts to discuss comparative approaches to climate litigation, potential pitfalls, practical challenges as well as options for successful climate litigation before human rights adjudicative bodies. Underpinning this is the endeavour to provide a baseline of understanding for various aspects of climate science : ranging from attribution questions concerning distinct emitters to quantifying ambition targets for individual states.

The aim of this symposium is thus of two-fold nature :
1) knowledge sharing and providing an instructive part for decision-makers to use as guideposts when confronted with complex climate science
2) opening up an interactive forum between the different disciplines to facilitate a multi-layered, rich understanding of each other's work.




9h00 : Speakers :
Pascal Boeckx, Professor, Department of Green Chemistry and Technology, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University
Moreno di Marco, Associate Professor Dept. of Biology and Biotechnology of Sapienzo University of Rome
Helen Keller, Former Judge at the European Court of Human Rights, Judge at the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Professor for Public Law and European and Public International Law Law at the University of Zurich
Ioannis Ktistakis, Sitting Judge at the European Court of Human Rights
* Natalia Kobylarz, Senior Lawyer at the European Court of Human Rights
Yann Robiou du Pont, PhD, climate scientist and consultant, Utrecht University
Rupert Stuart-Smith, Research Associate in Climate Science and the Law at the Oxford Sustainable Law Programme
Eve Truilhé, Professor of Law, Director of research at CNRS, UMR DICE
& Laura Canali, PhD candidate at the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences of Aix-Marseille University
Noah Walker-Crawford, PhD, ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Political Science, climate change and climate litigation, University College London
Margaretha Wewerinke-Singh, Associate Professor of Sustainability Law at Amsterdam Law School

17h45 : Closing reception



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Organised for SAGE, UNISTRA by Nele Schuldt and Elisabeth Lambert

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