The 2020 Global Environmental Justice Conference at the Yale School of the Environment, supported by The Graciela Chichilnisky Environmental Fund in Honor of Natasha Chichilnisky-Heal, will focus on the difficulty of integrating justice as a priority in domestic and international institutions. These concerns have emerged as a focal point in both domestic and international environmental movements. We see this most graphically in the clashes on the street, but it also has impacted national policies and the inclusion of the non-human as stakeholders in the debate.
The title of this year’s conference is Negotiating Institutional Transformation: International and Comparative Approaches to Justice in Environmental Protection. The conference will feature leaders from the global south as well as experts from a variety of disciplines. The conference panelists will include jurists, legal scholars, diplomats, economists, and activists. Though the meeting will be virtual, we will have many opportunities to engage the speakers and network including an award-winning documentary film screening. Topics will range from making existing institutions work better to creating policy space for activists and nature itself.
Must Diplomats Choose Between Promoting Justice and Their National Interests? Reflections of a multilateral negotiator.
Graham Family Director; Graham Sustainability Institute, University of Michigan; Professor from Practice, Michigan Law School, University of Michigan
Role of Justice in UN Institutions
Regents’ Professor, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University
Documentary Screening and post-screening conversation
Environmental Defenders: The role of NGO’s in Human Rights Conflicts
Justice Antonio Herman Benjamin
Justice at the National High Court of Brazil (STJ)
Executive Director, Green Advocates; Tom & Andi Bernstein Visiting Human Rights Fellow; Yale Law School
Rights and Responsibilities in Relation to the Natural World; Reframing conceptions of justice
Professor of Law, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Human Rights Centre of the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador (PUCE)