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New Responses to Global Environmental Challenges

In the 40 years since the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment, and 20 years since the original Rio Earth Summit, the challenges facing global environmental governance remain daunting. But the failure to reach consensus on a response to climate change and the additional difficulties for environmental progress posed by the global financial crisis are not the end of the story.

The world's foremost environmental scholars will outline new alternatives for global environmental law and governance when they meet in Baltimore at the 10th Annual Colloquium of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, July 1-5 at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.

More than 150 presentations by experts from more than 30 countries will offer bottom-up approaches that challenge the status quo. Meeting for the first time in the United States, the colloquium will focus on new responses to climate change and the need to protect biodiversity and promote sustainability.

Highlights will include an exploration (by a panel including a Brazilian High Court justice, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency general counsel, and a regional director of the United Nations Environment Programme) of next steps after the Rio+20 Summit at the Opening Plenary at 9 a.m. Monday, July 2, and a keynote at 7 p.m. that evening by Edith Weiss Brown, JD, PhD, LLD of Georgetown University Law Center. An environmental film festival and a wine tasting are set for the evening of July 3. The conference concludes July 5 with a program at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., exploring "Environmental Justice, Access to Information and Public Participation."

Posting Date: 06/22/2012
Contact Name: Jeffrey Raymond
Contact Phone: 410-706-3803
Contact Email: jraymond@umaryland.edu