The Koufa Foundation for the Promotion of International and Human Rights Law is pleased to announce the 7th Thessaloniki Summer Courses on “Climate Change and International Law” to be held from, Tuesday 28 June 2022 to Thursday 7 July 2022 in Thessaloniki, Greece.
The Summer Course will focus on the international law responses to climate change. The complex phenomenon of climate change upends many constants of international law and calls for innovative solutions. Its unprecedented traits as a global threat, where scientific knowledge continuously evolves, its institutional arrangements and the multiplicity of actors involved in climate change governance have put a strain on international law and led to bold and groundbreaking normative developments, such as the principles of adaptation, mitigation and non-regression, the common but differentiated responsibilities, the emissions’ trade and the concept of nationally determined contributions and how their implementation can be monitored. The Summer Course will approach the evolving climate change regime and will also highlight the impact of climate change on other special fields of international law.
In this context, the Summer Course will delve into a variety of crucial aspects relating to climate change in contemporary international law. The lectures by renowned scholars and experts in the field will focus, inter alia, on the historical evolution of the international climate regime and the role of science; the main universal instruments, in particular the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement; the special rules on liability, loss and damage; the impact of climate change on the law of the sea, environmental law (with an emphasis on biodiversity), migration law or the law of armed conflict; the various types of climate change litigation and the challenges it represents for international justice; the relationship between climate change and human rights or international trade and investment law; the contribution of the EU and the Global South to the climate governance. These issues will be covered from a practical perspective by examining the most recent developments (including the COP26 in Glasgow) and the case-law of domestic and international courts and tribunals.
The director of the 7th Thessaloniki Summer Courses is:
Prof. Emmanuella Doussis, UNESCO chairholder on Climate Diplomacy