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Workshop: Threats to the Brazilian Environment and Environmental Policy

November 13, 2019
8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Columbia Law School, New York City (Jerome Greene Annex)

The workshop “Threats to the Brazilian Environment and Environmental Policy” will be organized by the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University and Pace University Law School in partnership with the Columbia University Global Center in Rio de Janeiro. 

 The workshop will take place on November 13 at the Columbia University Law School in New York City from 8:30AM through 1:00 PM. 

Faced with a reversal of extant environmental practices, members of the law faculties of Law at Columbia and Pace are convening this workshop in order to increase understanding and raise awareness in the United States of the scope and severity of the environmental crisis in Brazil.  We seek to gather scholars and activists from a variety of disciplines, in addition to the law, to examine critically and from a comparative U.S.-Brazil perspective, the alarming situation in Brazil.  In addition to the scholarly merits of the Workshop, the organizers anticipate the subsequent production and dissemination of op-ed articles and a White Paper.  

 

Program:

 

8:15 AM - 8:30 AM: Coffee and registration

 

8:30 AM - 8:40 AM: WELCOME REMARKS

- Thomas Trebat (Director, Columbia Global Centers Rio de Janeiro)

- Michael Gerrard (Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law – Columbia University)

- David Cassuto (Director, Brazil-American Institute for Law and Environment (BAILE) – Pace University

 

8:40 AM - 9:40 AM: COMPARATIVE LEGAL PERSPECTIVES: U.S. AND BRAZIL

  • Opening Remarks (5-10 minutes each)

- David Cassuto (Director, Brazil-American Institute for Law and Environment (BAILE) – Pace University)

- Romulo da Silveira R. Sampaio (Law Professor, FGV)

- Michael Gerrard (Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law – Columbia University)

- Daniel Wilkinson (Human Rights Watch)

  • Quick reactions and commentary

- Gabriel de Jesus Wedy (Brazilian Judge)

- Flavia da Costa Viana (Brazilian Judge)

- Mariana Pargendler (Visiting Professor, Columbia Law School)

- Maria Antonia Tigre (Deputy Regional Director for Latin America at Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment (GNHRE)

 

9:40 AM - 10:00 AM: Q&A AND GENERAL DISCUSSION

 

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM:  SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVES

  • Opening Remarks (5-10 minutes each)

- Stephan Schwartzman (Senior Director, Tropical Forest Policy – EDF)

- Ricardo Galvão (Former Director, Brazilian National Institute for Space Research)

- Douglas Daly (B.A. Krukoff Curator of Amazonian Botany, The New York Botanical Garden)

  • Quick reactions and commentary

- Andrew Orta (Professor of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

- João Paulo Braga (The New School for Social Research)

- Faye McNeill (Professor, Chemical Engineering – Columbia University)

- Natalie Unterstell (Talanoa Solutions)

 

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM: Q&A AND GENERAL DISCUSSION

 

11:30 AM - 12 PM: CONFERENCE CONCLUSIONS AND NEXT STEPS

 - Michael Gerrard (Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law – Columbia University)

 

12 PM - 1:00 PM: LUNCHEON AND REFLECTIONS WITH INVITED GUESTS

- Comments by Professor Ruth S DeFries (Professor of Sustainable Development in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology - Columbia University)

 

1:00 PM: ADJOURNMENT

 

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