Disruption, Decarbonisation, Reparations (Day 1)

02sep9:30 pm6:00 pmDisruption, Decarbonisation, Reparations (Day 1)9:30 pm - 6:00 pm OrganiserWarwick UniversityEvent TypeWebinar & Talks

Event Details

This event brings together activists, civil society leaders, and academics working towards the common goal of climate justice, broadly construed. Over two days of discussion, we hope to touch on many of the diverse issues that form part of the climate justice conversation. See below for our programme of activities.

Programme Details

Wednesday, 2 September 2020

Justice centred transition and reparation

9:30 am – 11 am BST (Wednesday 2 September)

How can we transition to a greener and healthier world where historic economic, social, cultural and political forces that drove us towards current inequities are overhauled and built anew?

Link: Join live event (MS Teams)

Chair: Leon Sealey-Huggins (University of Warwick, Global Sustainable Development)


  • Tomaso Ferrando (University of Antwerp): Redistribution, reparation and food sovereignty for climate justice
  • Mika Minio-Paluello/Anna Markova (Transition Economics): Green & Better: Re-building post COVID
  • Seb Munoz (War on Want): Mining community voices in low carbon futures
  • Rahima Ansar Musaliar (University of Warwick Law School): Displacement, climate justice and human rights
  • Harpreet Kaur Paul (University of Warwick Law School): Common but differentiated responsibility to repair climate impacts already in motion
  • Nithya Natarajan (King’s College): Climate Precarity – rethinking climate adaptation as labour justice
  • Katrien Steenmans (Coventry University): Circular Economies: Unsettling or Reinforcing the Status Quo?
  • Laura Ho (Green New Deal UK): Campaigning for a new deal: building the movement for a Green New Deal in the UK
Litigating climate justice

11:30 am – 1 pm BST (Wednesday 2 September)

The Netherlands v. Urgenda Foundation case was a watershed moment for the climate justice movement. States and corporations must do more to give us any chance to meet the “1.5°C to stay alive” ambition. Children are seeking intergenerational justice and Peruvian farmers seeking fiscal contributions for the cost of flood defenses in our already warmed world. We’ll explore the utilisation of litigation for increasing decarbonisation ambition and addressing and repairing the consequences of our world at 1.1°C.

Link: Join live event (MS Teams)

Chair: Kim Bouwer (University of Exeter Law School)


  • Ilina Cenevska (Ss. Cyril and Methodius University): The Challenges of Climate Change Litigation before the Courts of the European Union
  • Sam Varvastian (Cardiff University): Holding fossil fuel companies accountable for climate change
  • Noah Walker-Crawford (University of Manchester): Proving Causality: Scientific and Legal Standards of Evidence in Luciano Lliuya v. RWE
  • Ingrid Gubbay (Hausfeld International law firm): Intergenerational rights in the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (commenting on legal strategy for sustainability in the UN CRC submission 16 petitioners, v. Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany & Turkey)
  • Tessa Khan (Climate Litigation Network): Reflections on Urgenda: legal strategy, social movements and strategies moving forward
Trade and investment-driven vulnerability

2 – 3:30 pm BST (Wednesday 2 September)

Nationalist ‘take back control’ movements ironically enable secret trade and investment agreements that promote privatisation over social protection and enable a race to the bottom on worker’s rights, climate, environmental and food standards. Attempts to protect civilians from health (including COVID-19) and unmitigated climate change elicit legal challenges in secret tribunals. The Energy Charter Treaty locks signatories into fossil fuel dependence and intellectual property regimes make it more difficult for people to access affordable medicine, green energy, and prevent farmers from saving seeds. Trade deals entrench global imbalances. Tackling trade and investment agreements will be an essential step in achieving justice-oriented action on climate change, health inequities and economic injustice.

Link: Join live event (MS Teams)

Chair: Celine Tan (University of Warwick)


  • Charlotte Villiers (University of Bristol): Sustainability and inequality in global supply chains
  • Serena Natile (Brunel University London and University of Warwick): Disruptive Redistribution: Rethinking the SDGs to Target Extreme Wealth
  • Nick Bernards (University of Warwick): Microinsurance and the political economy of social protection under permanent austerity
  • Nicolás Perrone (Universidad Andrés Bello): Addressing the blind spots of international investment law: the situation of local communities
  • Kyla Tienhaara (Queen’s University): Will investment treaties slow down the energy transition or make it more expensive?
  • Cecilia Olivet (Transnational Institute): One Treaty to rule them all: how the Energy Charter Treaty gives corporations power to halt the energy transition
  • Jimena Sierra Camargo (Los Andes University and Catholic University of Colombia):Shaping the mining law in Colombia: transnational stakeholders, global profits and local impacts
Justice as healing: indigenous and anti-colonial cosmologies

4 – 6 pm BST (Wednesday 2 September)

Moving beyond a Western epistemological framework, this event will centre practice based approaches to understanding climate change. What does it mean to be a good ancestor to future generations and act in radical solidarity with those on the frontline of climate change impacts today?

Link: Join live event (MS Teams)

Chair: Harpreet Kaur Paul (University of Warwick Law School)


  • Vitor Ido (Universidade de São Paulo): Indigenous Traditional Knowledge between Commodification and Instrumentality: Ways Forward from the Brazilian Amazon
  • Silvana Tapia Tapia (Universidad del Azuay): Pacha Mama vs the State: tensions and encounters between indigenous cosmovisions and legal approaches to criminal justice in Ecuador
  • Mama D (Community Centred Knowledge): Food journeying and ancestry
  • Eliesio Marubo (Union of the Indigenous People of the Javari Valley Indigenous Land): Biopiracy: the Indigenous Spirit Under Threat [translated from Portuguese to English during the event by Vitor Ido]
  • The Bonita Chola, Angela Camacho (Wretched of the Earth): TBC
  • Farzana Khan (Healing Justice London): Building and learning through Healing Justice London [pre-recorded]


(Wednesday) 9:30 pm - 6:00 pm