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Thu, 24 Jun


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Natural Resources Law and Governance Roundtable 2021

Exploring intersections with international law and natural resources governance with a view to discuss the role of the new ILA guidelines.

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Natural Resources Law and Governance Roundtable 2021
Natural Resources Law and Governance Roundtable 2021

Time & Location

24 Jun 2021, 10:00 – 12:00

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15:00 – 15:05    Welcome and Overview

Chairs: Prof Ilaria Espa (USI/WTI/CISDL) & Prof Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger (University of Cambridge/University of Waterloo/CISDL) Opening Remarks: Prof Nico Schrijver (University of Leiden/ Council of State, The Netherlands)

15:05 – 15:45   Harnessing International Law and Governance to Promote Sustainable Management of Global, Regional, Transboundary and National Natural Resources for Development

What are the most pressing legal obstacles and opportunities to advancing the conservation and sustainable use of global, regional, transboundary and national natural resources of common concern? How can international law better serve as a critical catalyst for the design, adoption, and implementation of coherent, effective and cooperative regimes for the sustainable management of natural resources? What can be learned from national policy and legislative experiences for enhancing sustainable natural resources management? How to incentivize legal and institutional reform for the progressive development of international law on the sustainable management of natural resources, especially in the context of the pandemic recovery?

Chair: Prof Ilaria Espa (USI/WTI/CISDL), Prof Konstantia Koutouki (University of Montreal), Prof Otto Spijkers (Wuhan University), Dr Barbara Janusz Pawletta(Kazakh-German University / CISDL), Prof Charles Marvin (Georgia State University)

15:45 - 16:00 Book Launch, Celebration of CISDL Toolkits, Online Courses & CISDL Legal Specialist Award Recipients

*Global Launch of Prof M-C Cordonier Segger, Judge Prof M Szabo and Prof Alexandra Harrington (eds),Intergenerational Justice in Sustainable Development Treaty Implementation: Advancing Future Generations Rights through National Institutions (Cambridge University Press 2021) *Special Recognition to the Winners of the CISDL Legal Specialist Awards for Natural Resources:  2020 Prof Ilaria Espa (USI/WTI/CISDL); 2019 Prof Hasrat Arjjumend (University of Montreal/Ethiopia Civil Service University/CISDL); 2018 Adv Adv Katherine Lofts (Nomomente Institute/One Justice Project) *Toast to the Legal Specialist Award Winners:  Prof Nico Schrijver (University of Leiden/Council of State, The Netherlands)

16:00 – 16:40   Trends and Innovations in International Legal Instruments and Approaches in Sustainable Natural Resources Management for Development

How best to promote sustainable natural resources management through international legal instruments and approaches such as human rights, trade and investment regimes, and financial mechanisms? How can key legal and governance regimes on natural resources better ensure monitoring, reporting and verification practices, transparency and stakeholder engagement, and scientific collaboration? How can resolution of disputes in relation to use of natural resources help promoting the principle of sustainable use of natural resources? How to align pandemic recovery measures with efforts to promote better sustainable natural resources governance in alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals?

Chair: Prof Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger (University of Cambridge/University of Waterloo/CISDL) Prof Alexandra Harrington (Albany Law School / CISDL ), Prof Markus Gehring (University of Cambridge / CISDL), Ms Cairo Robb (CISDL), Prof Daniëlla Dam-de-Jong (University of Leiden)

17:40 – 18:00    Rounds of Questions & Exchange with the Audience & Closing Remarks

Closing Session: Dr Kamal Hossain (former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bangladesh) and Prof Dr Andreas Ziegler (UniLausanne/ILA Switzerland)

Moderators: Adv. Freedom-Kai Phillips (CISDL Operations Director / University of Cambridge) &Ms Fabiana Piccoli (CISDL Natural Resources Programme Coordinator / University of Cambridge)

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