Timothy A. Gelatt Dialogue on the Rule of Law in East Asia: Climate Change in Asia-Pacific Panel 1: Climate Governance and the Rule of Law

Timothy A. Gelatt Dialogue on the Rule of Law in East Asia: Climate Change in Asia-Pacific

Panel 1: Climate Governance and the Rule of Law

Wednesday, March 23, 2022
8:00 PM – 9:30 PM (Eastern Time)

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This event is co-sponsored by the APEC Study Center at Columbia University.

About the Event

The latest report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) confirms that the damage to Earth’s ecosystems from rising temperatures is mounting far more rapidly than the global community has been able to respond – at least, so far. With an updated and comprehensive climate treaty seemingly out of reach, what are other options for mobilizing action? Our expert panel, which includes two authors of the upcoming IPCC Working Group III report, will discuss the prospects for alternative approaches including multilayered efforts at the level of regional groups of states, domestic governments, and sub-national governments, as well as pursuing agreements on single issues, in single sectors, or among non-state actors such as businesses.

About the speakers

Navroz K. Dubash is a professor at the Centre for Policy Research, where he conducts research and writes about climate change, energy, air pollution, water policy, and the politics of regulation in the developing world. Navroz has been engaged in the climate debate as a scholar, policy adviser and activist for 25 years. He was instrumental in establishing the global Climate Action Network in 1990. He is a coordinating lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (Sixth Assessment), advises the UNEP Emissions Gap Report Steering Committee, and has been a member of the Scientific Advisory Group of the UN Climate Action Summit. Navroz has been a member of the group that developed India’s Low Carbon Strategy for Inclusive Growth and the Committee for a Long Term Strategy for Low Carbon Development for India; he continues to serve on advisory committees on energy, water and air pollution. In 2015, he was conferred the 12th TN Khoshoo Memorial Award for his work on Indian and global climate change governance. Navroz has published two authored books, ten edited or co-edited books or special issues of journals, and more than seventy journal articles and book chapters.

Tabitha Grace Mallory is an affiliate faculty member of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and specializes in Chinese foreign and environmental policy. She is currently conducting research on China and global ocean governance and has published work on China’s fisheries and oceans policy. Dr. Mallory also is CEO of the consulting firm China Ocean Institute and has consulted for organizations such as the United Nations Foundation, the World Wildlife Fund, the World Bank, and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). She previously served as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program, and has also worked for The National Bureau of Asian Research and the US government. Dr. Mallory holds a Ph.D. (with distinction) and an M.A. in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), a certificate from the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, and a B.A. in international studies and Mandarin Chinese from the University of Washington. She serves on the board of directors of the China Club of Seattle, and is a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, and the Washington State China Relations Council.

Jacqueline Peel is a professor at Melbourne Law School and director of the University of Melbourne’s multidisciplinary climate initiative, Melbourne Climate Futures. Professor Peel is an expert in international environmental and climate law, with extensive writings also on how international law affects domestic environmental regulation, including on questions of multilevel governance and climate litigation. She is a co-chair of the American Society of International Law’s Signature Initiative on Climate Change and a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Working Group III contribution to its Sixth Assessment Report. She is the author or co-author of several books including The Role of International Environmental Law in Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change Litigation: Regulatory Pathways to Cleaner Energy, Australian Climate Law in a Global Context, Principles of International Environmental Law, Environmental Law: Scientific, Policy and Regulatory Dimensions, and Science and Risk Regulation in International Law. In 2017, she co-founded the Women’s Energy and Climate Law Network with the aim of fostering greater involvement of women in areas of energy and climate law-related scholarship and practice.

Ye Qi is a professor of public policy and director of the Institute of Public Policy at Hong Kong University Science and Technology. Prior to joining HKUST in January 2019, he was the Cheung Kong Professor of Environmental Policy and Management at Tsinghua University’s School of Public Policy and Management, and the Volkswagen Professor of Sustainability at Schwarzman College. From April 2014 to January 2019, he was a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and the director of Brookings-Tsinghua Center for Public Policy. He was appointed as Cheung Kong Professor of Environmental Science at Beijing Normal University from 2002-2005. Before returning to China in 2003, he taught ecosystem management and climate change science at the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at University of California, Berkeley from 1996 through 2003. Ye Qi received his Ph.D. in Environmental Science in 1994 jointly awarded by the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry and Syracuse University. He has published numerous articles about China’s climate change and energy policies.

Oran Young is a renowned Arctic expert and a world leader in the fields of international governance and environmental institutions. His scientific work encompasses both basic research focusing on collective choice and social institutions and applied research dealing with issues pertaining to international environmental governance and the Arctic as an international region. Among the more than 20 books he has authored are Governing Complex Systems: Social Capital for the Anthropocene, On Environmental Governance: Sustainability, Efficiency, and Equity, The Institutional Dimensions of Environmental Change and Governance in World Affairs, and Institutional Dynamics: Emergent Patterns in International Environmental Governance. Dr. Young is founding chair of the Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Change of the US National Academy of Sciences, chair of the Scientific Steering Committee of the International Project on the Institutional Dimensions of Global Environmental Change, founding co-chair of the Global Carbon Project, and from 2005 to 2010 the Scientific Committee of the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change.

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NYU School of Law


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