JILFA Symposium

Promise Institute for Human Rights, Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment
& Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs present

Human Rights and the Climate Crisis:
International and Domestic Legal Strategies

February 28, 2020

UCLA's Promise Institute for Human Rights, Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, and Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs are excited to host a day-long conference at the UCLA School of Law on Friday, February 28, 2020. Building on the interconnectedness of human rights and the environment, this Symposium will explore the potential of rights-based legal mechanisms to both halt and seek remedy for environmental harms, with a particular focus on climate change.

Call for Papers

Confirmed Speakers

  • Kumi Naidoo, Secretary-General of Amnesty International and former Executive Director of Greenpeace International, to deliver the keynote address
  • John Knox, Henry C. Lauerman Professor of International Law at Wake Forest University and former UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment (2012–2018)
  • Ann Carlson, Shirley Shapiro Professor of Environmental Law and the Faculty Co-Director, Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, UCLA School of Law
  • Hilal Elver, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food; Global Distinguished Fellow, Resnick Food Law and Policy Center, UCLA School of Law; Distinguished Visiting Professor, UC Barbara
  • E. Tendayi Achiume, UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance; Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
  • Kate Mackintosh, Executive Director, Promise Institute for Human Rights, UCLA School of Law