Seminar: The Future of the Paris Agreement, Thursday 21st June 2018
With Professor Dan Bodansky, Arizona State University
Thursday 21st June
1pm - 2pm
Level 1, Lecture Theatre 104
Melbourne Law School, 185 Pelham Street, Carlton
The 2015 Paris Agreement was hailed as the “world’s greatest diplomatic success” and a “big, big deal.” But it is still very much a work in progress. Whether it ultimately proves successful remains uncertain. The emission reduction pledges made in Paris fall well short of putting the world on a pathway to keeping global warming to well below 2°C, the ostensible goal of the Paris Agreement, and whether parties will come forward with more ambitious pledges in 2020, for the next pledging cycle, is an open question. President Trump has threatened to pull the United States out of the agreement. And the rules for how the Paris Agreement will work are still being negotiated. The upcoming conference this December in Katowice, Poland, will be crucial for keeping the Paris Agreement on track. In his talk, Professor Bodansky will analyze the issues in the current Paris rulebook negotiations, preview the Katowice Conference, and assess the prospects for the Paris Agreement going forward.
Professor Bodansky is Regents’ Professor at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. His new coauthored book, International Climate Change Law (with Jutta Brunnee and Lavanya Rajamani), recently received the American Society of International Law’s Certificate of Merit as the best book published in the last year in a specialized area of international law.