Sunday, 19 April 2015

Call for Papers and Online Law Symposium: “Avoiding the Climate Change Tipping Point – The Future of Environmental Law and Policy Anticipating the SDGs”

Online Law Symposium 

The A38 Foundation of International Law ( and Sunshine Millennium ( will be hosting a joint online legal symposium in June 2015, titled, 
Avoiding the Climate Change Tipping Point – The Future of Environmental Law and Policy Anticipating the Sustainable Development Goals”.

As the world delves deeper into the realms of technological advancements, the consequential environmental changes pose new challenges to international law. As predicted in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change synthesis report[1] the average temperature of the air and the sea, pollution and other symptoms of a changing climate will likely lead to a rise of the sea level, desertification, deforestation, extreme storms and  earthquakes.[2] There are an estimated 25 million environmental refugees today and the numbers are likely to grow even faster in future. With so many threats to the environment, there is a distinct possibility of even more destruction. Later this year the United Nations will be adopting the Sustainable Development Goals to replace the Millennium Development Goals as the roadmap to a better twenty-first century placing environmental issues front and centre. The UN and its umbrella organs are championing the cause of Climate Change but depending on member-states to set parameters and do regular self-assessment.

How can law and policy address these issues more effectively? What are some of the biggest challenges on the way?  

Submission Details:
Authors are to submit a short bio and their articles by May 20, 2015.  
Articles which are under 2,500 words (including footnotes) or less should be submitted to Sunshine Millennium at with the subject line “Symposium.” 

Articles which are above 2,500 words (including footnotes) should be submitted to A38 Online Law Journal at with subject line “Symposium.”

Eight papers will be selected (four in each group) for a live online presentation via Google+ Hangouts. The event will be held on June 5, 2015. 

[1] Intergovennemental Panel on Climate Change: Synthesis Report:
[2] Derek R. Bell, “Environmental Refugees: What Rights?  Which Duties?”, Res Publica 10 (2004) : 135.

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