Event Date: December 2, 2010 to December 10, 2010


Sustainable Prosperity and partners are honoured to invite policy-makers, researchers and others to the following events at the 16th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Cancun, Mexico:

International Law & Policy for a Low Carbon Economy: Developing Sustainable & Equitable Legal Frameworks for the Global Low-Carbon Economy

A COP 16 UNFCCC Climate Conference Side-Event 11:30—13:00 / Saturday, 04 Dec 2010 Monarca Room / COP 16, Cancun, Mexico

Intersecting international and domestic law and policy regimes can contribute to the development of a sustainable low-carbon economy, one that respects the needs of most vulnerable. What can human rights contribute to the rules governing REDD? How do legal frameworks to protect biodiversity and prevent climate change intersect? How can trade and investment instruments promote a sustainable and equitable low-carbon economy? This legal experts panel provides negotiators and other climate change actors with a series of short, clear and up-to-date legal briefings on hot legal issues related to climate change. The briefings focus on key trends identified in new legal research and practice on climate change, and provide an opportunity for dialogue with several of the world’s leading sustainable development jurists.

Chairs : Prof Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger, Senior Director of Research, Sustainable Prosperity & Director, CISDL; Paul Crowley, Head, Social Development Programs, IDLO & Prof Charles DiLeva, Lead Counsel, Environmental and International Law Unit, Office of General Counsel, World Bank*

Innovative Sustainability Instruments for the Green Economy:A Law & Policy Experts Panel on Strengthening Carbon Markets by Integrating the Environmental and Social Impacts of Trade & Investment ICTSD Symposium on the Role of Trade and Markets in Addressing Climate Change and Sustainable Development at the COP16

11:00 – 13:00 / Thursday, 09 Dec 2010 Hotel Azul Sensatori, Cancun, Mexico

What role can innovative new instruments, such as carbon pricing tools, play in helping to address climate change impacts and secure more sustainable development? What key climate change challenges have been raised in recent impact assessments of trade and investment treaties, and how are new market based instruments being deployed to address them? How can these instruments support the transition to a low carbon economy and harness trade & investment for sustainable development? What can be learned from recent EU, Canada and US experiences, and from policy experiments in developing countries?

Chair: Dr. Charlotte Streck, Lead Counsel, CISDL & Director, ClimateFocus Keynote: Prof Markus W. Gehring, Research Network Member, Sustainable Prosperity / University of Ottawa Jean Monnet Chair in Sustainable Development Law Speaker: Prof Konstantia Koutouki, Research Network Member, Sustainable Prosperity / University of Montreal Assistant Professor

Building Bridges, Filling Gaps: The Law & Policy Research Agenda on Climate Change Governance and Sustainable Development towards Rio+20 A Law & Policy Research Dialogue

16:00 - 18:00 / Thursday, 09 Dec 2010 Hotel Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach / Cancun, Mexico

The global climate change law and policy agenda is evolving rapidly, as scholars, negotiators and practitioners struggle to document and analyze the evidence generated by a growing body of experience with diverse sustainability instruments. What are the emerging trends in climate governance law and policy research in the coming two years? What lessons can be learned from recent failures and best practices? What leading research is being done, and how can cooperative policy research networks be formed or strengthened? In this Law & Policy Research Seminar, developed and developing country negotiators and leading experts identify key priorities for the emerging law and policy research agendas on climate change governance and sustainable development in the lead-up to the 2012 Earth Summit.

Chairs : Prof Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger, Senior Director of Research, Sustainable Prosperity / Director, CISDL / Affiliated Fellow, LCIL Cambridge; Prof Markus W. Gehring, Research Network Member, Sustainable Prosperity / University of Ottawa Jean Monnet Chair in Sustainable Development Law & David Runnalls, SP Senior Fellow, University of Ottawa*

This series of events, hosted by the Sustainable Prosperity Policy Research Network and the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL) in cooperation with the International Development Law Organisation (IDLO), and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), engage leading academic partners from McGill University, the University of Ottawa, the Université de Montréal, the University of Cambridge, Yale University, the University of Sidney, the University of Costa Rica, the University of Chile, the University of Capetown, and the University of Hanoi. Key collaborators include the International Law Association and the World Conservation Union (IUCN).

* Invited not confirmed

For further information on these events please contact info@sustainableprosperity.ca.