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Symposium to Focus on U.S. Withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement

The Maryland Journal of International Laws Fall 2018 Symposium will be held Sept. 27 at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. The subject: “Transnational Perspectives on U.S. Withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement.”

The symposium is free and will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (see schedule below), with a reception to follow until 7 p.m.

Click here to see the event flyer, and here is the event description:

In June 2017, President Donald Trump announced that the United States intended to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. Since this whirlwind announcement, international and domestic backlash has been both swift and steady, with previous holdout nations signing on to the agreement and participating states ramping up their efforts to meet their goals. Nearly a year and a half on, experts in the fields of international and environmental law have endeavored to answer the inevitable questions arising from the United States’ planned withdrawal, the most pressing among them being: What happens now?

The Maryland Journal of International Law’s Fall 2018 Symposium, “Transnational Perspectives on U.S. Withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement,” seeks to bring further awareness to this timely and far-reaching issue. The symposium will allow for international and environmental law experts — from lawyers to academics and beyond — to discuss the issues with U.S. withdrawal and the ongoing efforts of state, local, and nongovernmental entities to combat the threat of climate change.

In addition to the issues brought about by the U.S. intent to withdraw from the agreement, the symposium will touch upon other significant and timely environmental issues such as implications of environmental law on other areas of international law and the right to the environment.

Acknowledgements: Financial consideration for the symposium has been graciously provided by The Gerber Fund. The Maryland Journal of International Law would like to thank Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd M. Gerber and their children for their support and sponsorship of the symposium.


9:15 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Panel I: The New Normal: What Withdrawal Means for the Global Fight

11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Panel II: Strategies for Resistance

1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Lunch Address: The International Legal Character of the Paris Agreement

2:30 p.m. to  3:45 p.m.

Panel III: Filling the Gap: Domestic Initiatives to Combat Climate Change

4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Keynote speech by professor Vicki Arroyo, JD, MPA, Georgetown University, with response from professor Robert Percival, JD, MA, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

5:15 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Closing reception

Karen SealyEducation, University Life, USGASeptember 5, 20180 comments

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