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Exploring how international law can help address the inter-linked, 'wicked problems’ of climate change and natural resources degradation.

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Natural Resources, the Sustainable Development Goals and International Law

Leverhulme Lecture & Distinguished Experts Dialogue

Wednesday 17 March 2021 | 18:00 The Hague | 17:00 Cambridge | 13:00 Montreal

University of Cambridge and the International Law Association

Register now for this inspiring Leverhulme Lecture and Distinguished Experts Dialogue on 17 March 2021 among leading international jurists and academics, and renowned natural resources management and public policy experts, to share insights and identify new directions for natural resources management and the global Sustainable Development Goals, guided by international law and policy.

After a welcome from Professor Stephen J Toope, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, this special 'evening/lunch’ online event is chaired by the Rt. Hon Professor Nico Schrijver, Professor Emeritus of Public International Law of the University of Leiden Law School, State Councillor in the Netherlands Council of State, member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration and former President of the International Law Association. Rt Hon Lord Jonathan Mance, Baron Mance, former Deputy President of the United Kingdom Supreme Court and Chair of the International Law Association worldwide, has been invited to give opening remarks. The event will feature a Distinguished Experts Dialogue between respected international judges, expert professors of international law, heads of international treaty secretariats and international institutes and practitioners in the field of law, public policy and sustainable development, including respected experts from the ILA Sustainable Resources Management Committee, whose eight years of careful study and drafting led to the newly adopted ILA 2020 Guidelines on the Role of International Law in Sustainable Natural Resources Management for Development.

The dialogue will be preceded by a public online Leverhulme Lecture, opened by Professor Diane Coyle Co-Director of the Bennett Institute for Public Policy, University of Cambridge, which is being provided by Professor Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger, Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor, University of Cambridge, Senior Director, Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL), Executive Secretary, ILA Sustainable Resources Management Committee Rapporteur, and Full Professor of Law, School of Environment, Entrepreneurship & Development, University of Waterloo.

This series of open public Leverhulme Lectures raises complex, inter-linked ‘wicked problems’ of climate change, drought and hunger; natural resources mismanagement; terrestrial and marine ecosystems degradation and rising global poverty and injustice. It considers how the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) offer a common global public policy agenda, supported by binding international legal principles and rules derived from treaty regimes, interpreted by courts and tribunals. In the present lecture, experts consider how international law, including dispute settlement, can foster more sustainable management of the world’s fragile resources, advancing new directions for research, education and practice in this field?

Due to high demand a limited number of extra places have been opened, to ensure a wider participation. As well as policy-makers, academics, professionals, civil society and business leaders, and the public, keen secondary students, including those affected by COVID-19 lockdowns, are particularly welcome.For more information, see the ILA Guidelines on the Role of International Law in Sustainable Natural Resource Management for Development.

We invite you to join the discussion of the #LeverhulmeLecture on Twitter @intsustainlaw and @BennettInst.


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