Protecting the Planet: What to expect from International Law

Protecting the Planet: What to expect from International Law

Wednesday, 22 January 2020 from 15:10-16:45

Usha Kasera Lecture Theatre (1.264 Old College)

Join the Sustainable Development Association and Professor James Harrison in exploring international environmental law!

This lecture will provide an introduction to international environmental law, explaining the key characteristics of the international legal system, the main sources of law, and exploring examples of the types of rules that have been developed by the international community to deal with pressing environmental challenges. The lecture will highlight the important role played by international law in promoting the protection of the environment, but also the inherent limits of the international legal system.

The lecture is free and open to all, with no previous knowledge necessary.

James Harrison joined the University of Edinburgh School of Law as a member of academic staff in July 2007. He holds law degrees from the University of Edinburgh (PhD, LLM) and the University of East Anglia (LLB). James teaches on a number of international law courses, including specialist courses in the international law of the sea, international environmental law, and international law for the protection of the marine environment. His research interests span these areas, considering how the legal rules evolve and interact, as well as examining how international law and policy influences the domestic legal framework. He also has a particular interest in the contribution of international courts and tribunals to the development of international law. James is an Annual Case Review Editor (International Environmental Law) for the Journal of Environmental Law.

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