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Legal Solutions for Sustainability: Innovative Int'l Instruments & the SDGs

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Since the concept of sustainable development became part of international law and policy at the United Nations Conference on the Environment and Development (UNCED) in 1992, the number of treaties attempting to find international solutions to sustainable development challenges has increased exponentially. Accordingly, over the last 25 years, sustainable development has become an essential part – explicitly and implicitly – of the negotiation, interpretation and implementation of international treaty law. It has been included as part of the object and purpose of global treaties ranging from climate change, to biodiversity, to human rights, to trade and investment. Likewise, contemporary sustainable development provisions address intersecting – and increasingly integrated – environmental, economic and social justice policies and concerns.

Against this backdrop, the purpose of the 2-day roundtable is to track and build knowledge about recent innovations in the negotiation, interpretation and enforcement of international treaties relating to sustainable development. It will convene learned discussions between experts and students from around the world at the intersections of law, international relations, economics and social and natural sciences, while also engaging specialists from the public sector, the private sector and civil society.

This event will consist of a series of expert panels on sustainable development solutions in international environmental law, indigenous treaties, and trade and investment law, as well as breakout sessions to discuss innovations in the use of international law for SDG implementation, particularly SDGs 2 (hunger), 7 (clean energy), 13 (climate change) and 15 (biodiversity). There will also be an open guest lecture in the evening on the intersection of rights and international sustainable development law, followed by a panel discussion.


Legal Solutions for Sustainability: Roundtable on Innovative International Instruments for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

30-31 May 2018

Balsillie School of International Affairs / Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Hosted as part of Canada’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network

Draft Progamme*


Wednesday, May 30, 2018

12:30 – 13:00 Registration

13:00 – 14:00 Opening, Welcome & Keynote Address
Opening Remarks: Prof. Jean Andrey, Dean of the Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo

Words of Welcome from the Hosts:
Prof. Bruce Frayne, School of Enviro, Enterprise & Development (SEED), uWaterloo
Prof. Simon Dalby, Wilfrid Laurier University / Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA)
Prof. Marie-Claire Cordonier-Segger, SEED, uWaterloo & Dr. Alexandra Harrington, Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL)

Keynote Address: David Runnalls, Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)

14:00 – 15:00 Sustainable Development Solutions from Multilateral Environmental Agreements - Legal Experts Panel
How can Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) help to achieve the SDGs? Which innovative instruments offer the most promise? What can be learned from recent implementation challenges and successes?
Chairs & Opening Comments: Ms. Silvia Maciunas, CIGI & Dr. Alexandra Harrington, CISDL
Expert Speakers: Prof. Jorge Cabrera, University of Costa Rica; Prof. Meinhard Doelle, Schulich School of Law – Dalhousie University, Maître Hafij Khan, Director, Centre for Climate Justice – Bangladesh; Maître Christopher Campbell-Durufle, University of Toronto

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee & Tea Break

15:30 – 17:00 Intl Law & Governance Innovations for Achieving the SDGs -Workshops

Workshop 1: Climate Action (SDG 13)
To achieve SDG 13, what are the most important obstacles and opportunities? How can international law and governance innovations and reforms contribute to success? What is needed from governments, inter-governmental agencies, and non-governmental actors (academia, enterprise, civil society) and what is the future research agenda?
Chairs: Maître Ayman Cherkaoui, CISDL (former Chief Advisor, UNFCCC CoP22 Presidency) & Prof. Daniel Henstra, Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change (IC3) uWaterloo

Workshop 2: Life on Land (SDG 15)
To achieve SDG 15, what are the most important obstacles and opportunities? How can international law and governance innovations and reforms contribute to success? What is needed from governments, inter-governmental agencies, and non-governmental actors (academia, enterprise, civil society) and what is the future research agenda?
Chairs: Prof. Jorge Cabrera, University of Costa Rica & Prof Christina Voigt, University of Oslo

17:15 – 18:45 Speaker’s Dinner (Solé Restaurant)

19:00 – 20:45 Sustainable Development: What’s Rights Got to Do with It?

Public Evening Event – Keynote Speech & International Dialogue

19:00 – 19:15 Welcome & Opening
Master of Ceremonies: David Caughey, BSIA
Welcome: Prof. Marie-Claire Cordonier-Segger, SEED, uWaterloo / CISDL & Prof. Simon Dalby, Wilfrid Laurier University / BSIA

19:00 – 19:45 Keynote Address
Prof. John Knox, Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment for the UN Human Rights Council*

19:45 – 20:45 Sustainable Development Solutions from International Human Rights Law - International Experts Dialogue

How can international human rights accords help to achieve the SDGs? Which innovative instruments offer the most promise? What can be learned from recent implementation challenges and successes?

Chair & Opening Remarks: Prof. Maya Prabhu, Yale University
Expert Speakers: Prof. Sumudu Atapattu, University of Wisconsin; Prof. Will David, Executive Director, Indigenous Rights Centre; Dr. Ashfaq Khalfan, Law & Policy Director, Amnesty International; Prof. Steven B. Young School of Enviro, Enterprise & Development (SEED), uWaterloo
Closing: Dr Alexandra Harrington, CISDL


Thursday, May 31, 2018

08:30 – 9:00 Coffee & Registration

09:00 – 10:00 Sustainable Development Solutions from International Trade & Investment Law - International Experts Panel
How can international trade and investment treaties help to achieve the SDGs? Which innovative instruments offer the most promise? What can be learned from recent implementation challenges and successes?
Chairs: Prof. Markus Gehring, University of Cambridge & Prof. Olaf Weber, University of Waterloo
Speakers: Maître Sean Stephenson, Appleton Associates; Maître Blessing Ajayi, SEED, uWaterloo; Aaron Cosbey, Senior Associate, International Institute for Sustainable Development *; Dr. Fabiano de Andrade Correa, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (online)

Keynote Address: Dr. Ricardo Melendez-Ortiz, CEO International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (online)

10:00 – 12:00 Intl Law & Governance Innovations for Achieving the SDGs – Workshops

Workshop 3: Affordable & Clean Energy (SDG 7)
To achieve SDG 7, what are the most important obstacles and opportunities? How can international law and governance innovations and reforms contribute to success? What is needed from governments, inter-governmental agencies, and non-governmental actors (academia, enterprise, civil society) and what is the future research agenda?
Chairs: Maître Erick Kassongo, President, Centre Congolaise pour le Developpement Durable & Prof. Jatin Nathwani, Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy - University of Waterloo

Workshop 4: Zero Hunger (SDG 2)
To achieve SDG 2, what are the most important obstacles and opportunities? How can international law and governance innovations and reforms contribute to success? What is needed from governments, inter-governmental agencies, and non-governmental actors (academia, enterprise, civil society) and what is the future research agenda?
Chairs: Prof. Heather Mcleod-Kilmurray, University of Ottawa & Prof. Alison Blay-Palmer, Wilfred Laurier University / BSIA

12:00 – 13:00: Lunch

13:00 – 14:30 Sustainable Development Solutions from the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Indigenous Treaties - Experts Panel
How can the UNDRIP and Indigenous Treaties help to achieve the SDGS? Which innovative instruments offer the most promise? What can be learned from recent implementation challenges and successes?
Chair: Prof. Konstantia Koutouki, University of Montreal
Expert Speakers: Prof. Will David, Executive Director, Indigenous Rights Centre; Ms. Sara Mainville, Partner Olthuis, Kleer, Townshend LLP, Prof. Terry Mitchell, Wilfred Laurier University / BSIA
Keynote Address: Prof. Wayne Garnons-Williams, Chair International Trade & Investment Organization

14:30 – 15:00 Tea/Coffee Break

15:00 – 16:30 International Law Innovations in SDG Implementation - Final Roundtable
Based on Workshop Rapporteurs reports and insights gained in Plenary Experts Panel dialogues, what are the most important legal and governance obstacles to achieving the SDGs, and what are the most promising innovations? What can efforts in one international treaty regime learn from another, and what is the future research agenda?
Chairs: Prof. Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger, SEED, uWaterloo / CISDL & Prof. Simon Dalby, Wilfrid Laurier University / BSIA

16:30 – 17:00 Thanks & Closing
Master of Ceremonies: David Caughey, BSIA


* Speakers & Chairs have been invited, but not all are yet confirmed.


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