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Summer COP at King's: International climate change negotiation masterclass

Anatomy Museum (6th Floor) King's Building Strand Campus
Conference/Seminar, Lecture
19/06/2017 (09:00-13:00)

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With the adoption of the 2015 Paris Agreement, international law and negotiation have never been more vital to the global response to climate change. Lawyers have always played a central role in crafting international treaties, but the urgency of the climate challenge has increased the pressure on these negotiations to deliver strong outcomes at scale and speed.

To respond to this challenge, The Dickson Poon School of Law will host a negotiation masterclass for the next generation of international lawyers and climate change leaders. The masterclass will be held on 19 June at the Anatomy Museum, Strand, London. Participants will engage in a simulated negotiation drawn from current, real-world challenges faced by governments in giving effect to the Paris Agreement under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, through its Conference of Parties (COP).

Through expert briefings and participation in the simulated negotiation as representatives of countries, country groups and non-state actors, participants will gain unique insights into the process of developing international climate change law which can be applied in commercial legal work, government service, work on behalf of civil society and academic studies.

COP@King’s Faculty

The negotiation masterclass will be facilitated by Visiting Professor Daniel Bodansky and other expert faculty of Climate Law and Governance at King’s College London. Climate Law and Governance at King's College London is concerned with investigating and evaluating legal and governance frameworks for climate change policy across different countries, across different sectors and cultures. Current research in the School is examining governance modalities for the mobilisation of climate finance and technology, how climate change is adjudicated in the courtroom and how it can disrupt dominant legal and decision-making frameworks.

Professor Daniel Bodansky, Foundation Professor of Law at Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University; Visiting Professor in Climate Law and Governance at The Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London.

Judge David D. Caron, Professor of International Law, The Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London; Member, The Iran-United States Claims Tribunal.

Dr Megan Bowman, Lecturer in Law, The Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London.

Stephen Minas, Senior Research Fellow, Transnational Law Institute, The Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London.

To apply

Current research, LLM and LLB students at King’s College London and other universities with an interest in climate change are welcome to apply. Applications close on 13 May. Successful applicants will be notified by 19 May.

To apply, please submit your CV (two pages maximum), and 500 words on the significance of UN climate negotiations and their relationship with law, to

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