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Bridging the Climate Change Policy Gap: How investment protection and arbitration can promote green investments

On 21 November 2016, almost one hundred participants from around the world gathered for a conference in Stockholm, to discuss how international law and arbitration can be used to fulfil the goals of the Paris Agreement.

In the opening keynote, Executive Director at the Stockholm Environmental Institute Johan Kuylenstiernapresented the Paris Agreement. The day followed with speakers and panels discussing how to put the Paris Agreement into practice and how to address the climate change targets using existing legal norms.

Among the great mix of speakers were Hal Harvey, CEO of Energy Innovation and Tzeporah Berman from York University in Canada. Patrick Obath represented Adam Smith International Africa Limited in the panel on how investment for climate change mitigation and adaptation can be enhanced. In the afternoon Professor Catherine Redgwell, University of Oxford and Dennis van Berkel from Ugenda Foundation, among others, were moderated by Martin Doe Rodriguez, Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in discussions on addressing climate change targets using existing legal norms.

Brought together from all over the world, people came to Stockholm for the conference. Participants from Pakistan, the US and several countries in Europe were there to listen and contribute to the discussions. Many interesting questions were asked to the speakers, during and after the sessions.

SCC Secretary General, Annette Magnusson, talked about Stockholm Treaty Lab, a competition that starts next year and will be used as a tool to meet the climate challenges. This was followed by concluding keynotes by David W. Rivkin, President at the International Bar Association (IBA). 

Bridging the Climate Change Policy Gap – The role of international law and arbitration was an initiative by the SCC, together with the International Bar Association, the International Chamber of Commerce and the Permanent Court of Arbitration.

The SCC will continue the work towards a sustainable future. For example, read more here on how the SCC uses event greening during the centennial in January 2017.

Stockholm Chamber of Commerce wrote about the event in their blog

Read the speech by David W. Rivkin.

Presentations material:

Freya Baetens

Tzeporah Berman

Monica Feria-Tinta

Hal Harvey

Daniel Radov

Elizabeth Wilson

 

Climate change conference 2016