In search of climate justice


The modules will be delivered by internationally renowned experts in the domain of the topics covered:

Inaugural Class: "Energy Poverty: Justice and Women" (Video conference)

Professor Lakshman D. GURUSWAMY
Nicholas Doman Professor of International Environmental Law & International Energy Programs
University of Colorado Law School, Boulder, USA

Lakshman Guruswamy, a nationally and internationally recognized expert in International Environmental and Global Energy Law was born in Sri Lanka, and is the Nicholas Doman Professor of International Environmental Law at the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU) Law School. Prior to joining CU, he taught in Sri Lanka, the UK, and the Universities of Iowa and Arizona. At CU he teaches International Environmental Law, Global Energy Justice, Oil and International Relations, and International Law. He is the director of international energy programs at the Getches-Wilkinson Center, and his research uses interdisciplinary frameworks to explore how and why energy justice calls for the fashioning of  practical energy solutions, for the energy poor inhabiting the least developed parts of the developing world. Lakshman is widely published, and   is a frequent speaker at scholarly meetings in the US and around the world. He is the author  of Global Energy Justice: Law and Policy  (West, 2016), International Energy and Poverty: The Emerging Frontiers (Routledge, 2015),    International Environmental Law in a Nutshell (4d ed. 2012), and the co-author of  International Environmental Law and World Order (2nd. 1999), Biological Diversity: Converging Strategies (1998), Arms Control and the Environment (2001). The 5th edition of International Environmental Law in a Nutshell, was published in 2017. He has authored over 50 scholarly articles published in law reviews and other peer reviewed journals, and won the 2016 Senior Scholar award granted by the Environmental Academy of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Climate Justice and the North-South Divide

Professor of Law, Seattle University School of Law, Seattle, USA

carmen gonzalezCarmen G. Gonzalez is a professor of law at Seattle University School of Law in the United States. She has published widely in the areas of international environmental law, human rights and the environment, environmental justice, trade and the environment, and food security. Professor Gonzalez was a Fulbright Scholar in Argentina, a U.S. Supreme Court Fellow, a visiting fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, and a visiting professor at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center in Nanjing, China. In Spring 2017, she served as the George Soros Visiting Chair at the Central European University School of Public Policy in Budapest, Hungary. Professor Gonzalez is member of the Board of Trustees of Earthjustice, Deputy Chair of the Governing Board of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature Academy of Environmental Law, and past president of the Environmental Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools. She has worked on environmental law capacity-building projects in Asia, Latin America, and the former Soviet Union, and has represented non-governmental organizations in environmental treaty negotiations. Professor Gonzalez is the co-editor of the highly acclaimed book, Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia (Utah State University Press, 2012). She is also the co-editor of International Environmental Law and the Global South (Cambridge University Press, 2015). Professor Gonzalez holds a BA from Yale University and a JD from Harvard Law School.

Exploring the boundaries of the Trilogy of Justices: Environmental, Climate and Energy

Jean Monnet Professor in Energy and Natural Resources Law and Policy, Energy and Natural Resources Law Institute at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), UK

raphael heffronProfessor Raphael Heffron is Jean Monnet Chair in Energy & Natural Resources Law (awarded by the European Commission) at the Energy and Natural Resources Law Institute at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). He holds degrees from the University of Cambridge (MPhil, PhD), the University of St. Andrews (MLitt), and Trinity College Dublin (BA, MA). Formerly Raphael held permanent lectureships at the University of Leeds and the University of Stirling (Scotland).His research interests are in energy, environmental and planning law and policy. His research perspective is through law and economics and he focuses in particular on: energy infrastructure development, electricity markets, energy subsidies, energy liability, the EIA process, energy justice and Arctic energy law. He has over 80 articles, books and publications of different types. Professor Heffron is currently the Co-Chair of the UK Energy Law and Policy Association; Visiting Professor in Energy Law at the International Hellenic University (Greece); and Associate Researcher at the Energy Policy Research Group at the University of Cambridge; and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Justice Dimensions of Climate Mitigation Efforts

Dayna Nadine SCOTT
Associate Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School and the Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto, Canada

dayna n.scottDr. Dayna Nadine Scott is an Associate Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School and the Faculty of Environmental Studies at. She joined Osgoode's faculty in 2006 after completing a SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship at McGill's Faculty of Law and a Hauser Global Research Fellowship at New York University. Professor Scott's teaching is in environmental law and justice; risk regulation; and international environmental governance. She is an expert on toxic chemicals regulation in Canada, and comments regularly on the gender dimensions of pollution and contamination. Her edited collection, Our Chemical Selves: Gender, Toxics and Environmental Health, was published in 2015. Professor Scott is currently leading two major funded research projects investigating the authorization of extractive projects on Indigenous lands in Canada. Recent publications deal with questions of the "new" climate refugees (in the Journal of Human Rights and the Environment) and environmental justice issues arising from green energy enthusiasm (in the McGill Law Journal).

Strategic Litigation for Climate Justice: an analysis of the most relevant cases

Senior Lecturer of Public International Law, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain

susana borrasSusana Borràs is a senior lecturer of Public International Law at the Rovira i Virgili University (Tarragona-Spain). LL.M. in Environmental Law (2004) and a PhD on Environmental law (2007). Her main areas of teaching and research are public international law and international and EU environmental law. She has participated in various national and international competitive research projects in these areas. Member consolidated research group on environmental Law, Immigration and Local Government of the Center of Environmental Law Studies at Universitat Rovira i Virgili. She leads the following research projects: "Global Climate Constitution: Governance and Law in a Complex Context" DER2016-80011-P (co-director) and "Defend the defenders: Strategies of protection and integral defense of the people who defend the environment" (director) ICIP. Research fellow at Committee on Challenges of Modern Society (NATO/CCMS), visiting researcher at Max Planck Institut für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht, and at the Center of International Environmental Law (CIEL) in Washington (EUA) and at the Centre de Recherche of The Hague Academy of International Law and International Relations. Visiting Professor in Brasil at the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Universidade Estadual de Londrina, Pontificia Universidade Católica de Paraná and in Colombia, at the Universidad Autonoma de Bucaramanga. Member of the Asociación Española de Profesores de Derecho Internacional y Relaciones Internacionales, the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law and the European Society of International Law.

With the support of:


Grupo de investigación Territorio, Ciudadanía y Sostenibilidad
(Grupo de Investigación Consolidado de la Generalitat de Catalunya) (2014-SGR-294)


PROYECTO DER2016-80011-P
“Constitución climática global: Gobernanza y derecho en un contexto complejo”