Law School to Host Symposium Exploring Global Climate Change Schedule

March 14, 2007

Global Climate Change Sypmposium

With the public discourse on global warming heating up, the Law School's Virginia Environmental Law Journal is hosting a symposium to discuss efforts combating climate change by private corporations, citizens, and state and local governments on Friday, March 23 in the Purcell Reading Room. The symposium, "Global Climate Change: Individual, Private Sector, and State Responses," will bring together scholars, practitioners, and innovators to discuss cutting-edge approaches to climate change, their potential and limitations, and the implications for future federal policy. Ruth Greenspan Bell, director of Resources for the Future's program for International Institutional Development and Environmental Assistance, will deliver the keynote address at 12:15 pm in Caplin Pavilion.

After the United States elected not to join the Kyoto Protocol to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, voluntary international and domestic U.S. programs, citizens, corporations, and states have moved forward independently with an array of responses to the problem. Participants in three panels will weigh in on the success of these efforts. Scholarship from the symposium participants will be featured in a dedicated future issue of the Journal.

Virginia MCLE Accreditation has been requested for the program. Admission is free and open to the public. Registration is not required, but buffet lunch attendees should rsvp Guests who need parking should obtain a temporary pass from the Law School reception desk.

10:30 am Panel 1 Individual Responses to Climate Change: Social Norms, Values, and Expectations, Purcell Reading Room


  • John Dernbach, Widener Law School
  • Andrew Green, University of Toronto
  • Michael Vandenbergh, Vanderbilt University School of Law

Moderator: Leon Szeptycki, University of Virginia School of Law

12:00 pm Break
12:15 pm Keynote/Lunch, Caplin Pavilion
Ruth Greenspan Bell, Resources for the Future, Director of International Institutional Development and Environmental Assistance (IIDEA)

Moderator: Jonathan Cannon, University of Virginia School of Law

2:00 pm Panel 2 Private Sector Responses to Climate Change: Motivations in the Domestic Arena, Purcell Reading Room


  • William Bumpers, Baker Botts
  • Andrew J. Hoffman, University of Michigan
  • Perry E. Wallace, Washington College of Law, American University

Moderator: Andrea Larson, University of Virginia Darden School of Business

3:30 pm Break
3:45 pm Panel 3 State Responses to Climate Change: Independent and Regional Commitments, Purcell Reading Room


  • Kevin Doran, University of Colorado
  • David Hodas, Widener Law School
  • Robert McKinstry, Pennsylvania State University
  • Thomas Peterson, Center for Climate Strategies
  • Barry Rabe, University of Michigan

Moderator: James Ryan, University of Virginia School of Law

5:15 pm Adjourn

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