Film: Climate change justice and human rights - concepts for legal and institutional reforms

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Climate change is dramatically affecting the planet and its people. Justice and human rights concerns from climate change impacts are exponentially increasing. What legal and institutional reforms can the IBA, as the voice of the global legal profession, recommend to governments and world institutions to prevent or mitigate climate change and protect the human rights of vulnerable communities?

At this Showcase Session in Boston, world-leading legal, economic and human rights experts offered their insights as to reforms and actions appropriate to effect climate change justice.

Bianca Jagger, a panellist at this session, also participated in an interview with the IBA on these themes.

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Session Co-Chairs:

David Estrin, Gowling Lafleur Henderson, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Chair, Environment, Health and Safety Law Committee

Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, London, England; Co-Chair, IBA Human Rights Institute

Panellists:

Michael B Gerrard: Co-editor, The Law of Adaptation to Climate Change (2012) and Threatened Island Nations: Legal Implications
of Rising Seas and a Changing Climate (2013), Director, Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School, New York, USA

Bianca Jagger: Founder and Chair, Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation, worldwide campaigner for human rights, social and economic justice and environmental protection; Council of Europe Goodwill Ambassador, Member of the Executive Director's Leadership Council of Amnesty International USA, Trustee of the Amazon Charitable Trust, London, England

Professor KOH Kheng-Lian: Honorary Director, Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Law, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore; co-author 'Governance on Adaption to Climate Change in the ASEAN Region', Singapore

Professor John H Knox: UN Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment, Professor of International Law, Wake Forest University School of Law, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA

Sir Crispin Tickell: Author of Climate Change and World Affairs, President of Tree Aid, former President, Royal Geographic Society,
Convenor of the Government Panel on Sustainable Development and Board Chair, Climate Institute of Washington DC, adviser on climate change to successive British Prime Ministers, diplomat, academic, London, England

Task Force Panel Member Commentators:

Professor Olanrewaju Fagbohun: Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and Director Environmental Law Research Institute, Lagos, Nigeria; Publications Officer, African Regional Forum

Hon Justice Brian Preston: Chief Judge, Land and Environment Court, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia