2020 Law Scholars Conference

Climate Change and Human Rights
Wisconsin International Law Scholars Conference (WILSC)
April 2-3, 2020, University of Wisconsin Law School, USA

We have invited internationally acclaimed scholars and advanced PhD candidates to submit abstracts for the Wisconsin International Law Scholars Conference (WILSC) on Climate Change and Human Rights, to be hosted by the University of Wisconsin as part of its Wisconsin International Law Journal annual programs. Climate change poses unprecedented challenges to the enjoyment of rights. The Human Rights Council has adopted several resolutions on the link between climate change and human rights and the Paris Agreement included a provision on human rights in relation to climate action in 2015. Despite this recognition, many legal issues remain unresolved – extraterritorial dimension of human rights, forced displacement associated with climate change (so called “climate refugees”), small island states and their people, the loss and damage mechanism, the responsibility of major emitters are just a few issues requiring novel approaches to international law.

The objective of WILSC is to bring together international legal scholars to discuss a small number of high-quality working papers to promote research collaboration and advancement. The conference is devoted to small workshops that give authors the opportunity to refine their work. The conference will be held in the beautiful city of Madison, Wisconsin from April 2-3, 2020.

Please reach out with questions to Nina Neff (nneffmallon@wisc.edu) and Sumudu Atapattu (saatapattu@wisc.edu).