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After the Paris Climate Summit: What now?

December 14, 2015

Toronto, ON – Media are invited to attend a panel of experts in international law, global affairs and climate change to assess the historic accord signed at the 21st Conference of the Parties to the UN Climate Change Convention. Hosted jointly by the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and the Munk School of Global Affairs, and moderated by former foreign correspondent Brian Stewart, the panel will discuss the Paris accord and the future of the global climate regime, asking:

Is the Paris outcome a legally binding agreement, and does it matter? What should we make of states’ ‘nationally determined contributions’ to reducing greenhouse gas emissions?

  • What were the negotiation dynamics between developed and developing countries, and how did ‘South/North’ issues manifest themselves in the Paris outcome?
  • Transnational vs. multilateral: How were the ‘main events’ (inter-state negotiations) and ‘side-events’ (various stakeholders and experts) navigated at the Paris summit?
  • What roles do civil society groups play in global climate negotiations and governance?
  • What comes next?

Participants include: Jutta Brunnée, Faculty of Law; Steven Bernstein, Department of Political Science; Matthew Hoffmann, Department of Political Science; Keith Stewart, Greenpeace Canada, and instructor, School for the Environment; and Silvia Maciunas, Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

4 pm – 5:30 pm

Campbell Conference Facility
Munk School of Global Affairs

University of Toronto
1 Devonshire Place
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 3K7

Seating is limited and media are kindly asked to RSVP: