The 2012 Wisconsin International Law Journal Symposium
Renewable Energy & Climate Change: Opportunities & Challenges
Date: March 23, 2012
To register for the 2012 Symposium, please complete this form: WILJ 2012 Symposium Registration
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Location: University of Wisconsin Law School, 975 Bascom Mall, Madison, WI 53706
The Wisconsin International Law Journal would like to thank the follow sponsors for their support of the 2012 Wisconsin International Law Journal Symposium:
- University of Wisconsin Law School
- Sonnet and Chris Edmonds
- Sonnet Schmidt Edmonds Prize in Energy Law
- ABA’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources
- Wisconsin State Bar’s Energy & Telecommunications Section
- Clean Wisconsin
- University of Wisconsin Lectures Committee
- University of Wisconsin Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
- UW Law School’s Global Legal Studies Center
- UW Law School’s Institute for Legal Studies
- UW Law School’s East Asian Legal Studies Center
- Wisconsin International Law Society
- Wisconsin Law School Environmental Law Society
- The University of Wisconsin Center for German & European Studies
- Lexis Nexis
View our Symposium concept paper.
Please click here to visit the 2012 Symposium Readings page, and download the related scholarly works and resources.
The following 2012 Wisconsin International Law Journal Symposium presentations can be downloaded by clicking on the individual presentation names.
- Professor David Freestone,“Climate Change & Renewable Energy: Opportunities & Challenges for International Law.”
- Attorney Deborah Erwin, ““State Energy Policy Trends.”
- Professor Steven Weissman,“Effective Renewable Energy Policy — Leave It to the States?” (Due to the file size, this presentation has been uploaded in sections: Section 1, Section 2, Section 3, and Section 4).
- Professor Melissa Powers,“Small is (Still) Beautiful: Designing U.S. Energy Policies to Increase Localized Renewable Energy Generation.” (Due to the file size, this presentation has been uploaded in sections: Section 1, Section 2, Section 3, and Section 4).
- Attorney Shalanda Baker, ““Does Free and Prior Informed Consent Matter?”
- Professor Tseming Yang, “An Overview of Renewable Energy Policy in China.”
Professor David Trubek & Paulina Calfucoy Alarcón,“Producing Sustainable Biofuels for the European Market: Brazil and the EU’s Renewable Energy Standards.”
Welcome-Symposium Editors- 9:00-9:15
9:15-10:00AM- Keynote address:The Wisconsin International Law Journal is pleased to announce the keynote speaker is Professor David Freestone of George Washington University Law School, formerly Chief Counsel for the World Bank.
The 2012 Symposium will highlight a number of the opportunities and challenges encountered in the development of renewable energies. The symposium will include three main panels:
10:00-12:00 Panel 1: Renewable energy in the US
The 2012 Symposium’s first panel will discuss renewable energy in the United States. Wisconsin and other states including California have made important strides in the development of renewable energy in their respective states, but these states also face a number of challenges.
The first panel will include the following speakers:
- Peter Carstensen (UW Law School, moderator)
- Deborah Erwin (Wisconsin Public Service Commission)
- Steve Weissman (Berkeley Law)
- Melissa Powers (Lewis & Clark)
- Dr. Paul Wilson (UW Nuclear Engineering)
1:30- 3:30 Panel 2: Cross-cutting issues
The 2012 Symposium’s second panel will focus on cross-cutting issues impacting all countries. Topics include biofuels and food security, human and indigenous rights, intellectual property, and land tenure.
The second panel will include the following speakers:
- Steph Tai (UW Law School, moderator)
- Shalanda Baker (UW Law School)
- Sarah Tran (Southern Methodist University Law School)
- Kalli Murray (Marquette Law School)
- Holly Gibbs (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
3:45-5:45 Panel 3: Lessons from other countries
The 2012 Symposium’s third panel will look at the development of renewable energies in other countries and regions in order to see what lessons can be learned by the policymakers here. This panel will include a discussion of efforts in the European Union (particularly Germany and Denmark) and Brazil (sugar cane ethanol), as well as ongoing efforts to integrate the use of renewable energy into China and India.
The third panel will include the following speakers:
- Dr. Greg Nemet (UW La Follette School & Nelson Institute, moderator)
- Professor Tseming Yang
- David Cassuto (Pace Law School)
- Ram Mohan (The Energy & Resources Institute, New Delhi)
- Dave Trubek (UW Law School)