Events

The Center for Climate Change, Energy and Environmental Law organizes various academic conferences, workshops and other events. These academic events are often interdisciplinary and allow the exchange of ideas on common issues across disciplines.

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

PAST EVENTS

Minne menet, ilmastosopimus?  10.1.2019, Helsinki (vain kutsutuille)

CCEEL ja Ulkopoliittinen instituutti järjestävät yhdessä 10.1.2019 Helsingissä keskustelutilaisuuden, jossa alustavat kansainvälisen oikeuden professori Kati Kulovesi CCEEListä sekä UPI:n vanhempi tutkija ja CCEEL:in ilmastopolitiikan ja -oikeuden dosentti Antto Vihma. 

Kansainvälinen ilmastokeskustelu on ollut julkisessa ja poliittisessa nosteessa aina IPCC:n lokakuussa julkaiseman 1,5 asteen tavoitetta koskevan erikoisraportin jälkeen. YK:n ilmastosopimuksen Katowicen osapuolikokousta on luonnehdittu ”poliittisimmaksi ilmastokokoukseksi sitten Pariisin”. Pariisin sopimuksen toimeenpanosäännöistä neuvotellaan kuitenkin varsin erilaisessa tilanteessa kuin missä sopimus solmittiin vuonna 2015. Pariisin sopimukseen keskeisesti Kiina-yhteistyöllään myötävaikuttanut Yhdysvallat on vetäytymässä sopimuksesta 2020 ja purkaa määrätietoisesti kansallista ympäristösäätelyään. Vuoden vaihteessa myös Brasilian kurssi kääntyy uuden presidentin myötä. EU:n ilmastojohtajina toimineet Saksa, Ranska ja Britannia kärsivät kaikki vakavista sisäpoliittisista vaikeuksista. Mitkä ovat Pariisin sopimuksen toimeenpanon keskeisimmät poliittiset kysymykset ja solmukohdat, ja miten hyvin Katowicen ilmastokokous onnistui rakentamaan pohjaa poliittiselle vastaukselle IPCC:n 1,5 asteen raporttiin? Voidaanko kansainvälisillä sopimuksilla vielä vaikuttaa ilmastopolitiikkaan moninapaisessa maailmassa? Mullistavatko oikeistopopulismin saavuttamat vaalivoitot koko tilanteen?

 

The Center for Climate Change, Energy and Environmental Law is hosting an afternoon seminar on

SHALE GAS IN THE EUROPEAN UNION: CROSS-CUTTING ISSUES

on Thursday 19 July 2018 at 13 (University sauna premises, Aurora building)

 

The seminar will focus on the following presentations:

1 ) Shale gas in the European Union- Frackmentation of EU Energy and Environmental Law? 

                 -  Dr. Leonie Reins, Assistant Professor at the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and   Society (“TILT”) at Tilburg University, the Netherlands

2) Landowners' role in future shale gas development

                                              - Meri-Katriina Pyhäranta, Doctoral Candidate at the UEF Law School

For abstracts and the speakers’ biographies, see here.

 

We are pleased to invite you to follow the seminar, please register for the event by 16 July at sirja-leena.penttinen (a) uef.fi

For more information, please contact Sirja-Leena Penttinen (sirja-leena.penttinen (a) uef.fi)

 

 

International seminar:
Combatting Climate change by Reducing Emissions of Shot-Lived Climate Pollutants: Perspective on Science, Law and Policy, 28 August 2018, Helsinki, Finland

On 28 August 2018, the ClimaSlow research project will organize an international seminar to discuss the science and policy related to emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) in developing countries.

SLCPs include black carbon, methane, tropospheric ozone and some hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). According to scientific estimates, reducing SLCP emissions will play an important role in achieving the goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. In addition, SLCP mitigation can reduce local air pollution with health and economic benefits.

The seminar will focus on black carbon and methane in particular, with an emphasis on the science of SLCP mitigation in Asia and Latin America. On the policy side, the seminar’s goals include discussing challenges and opportunities related to the strengthening of the regulation and governance of SLCPs.

The ClimaSlow project is funded by the European Research Council (ERC) in 2017-2021 and hosted by the Center for Climate Change, Energy and Environmental Law (CCEEL) of the Law School, University of Eastern Finland, with participation by the UEF Aerosol Physics Group.

Participation is free of charge but registration is required. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.  To register, please e-mail Mr. Tuomas Palosaari: tuomas.palosaari@uef.fi.

For detailed info on the programme, see here: SLCP seminar

"How to combine streamlining with environmental effectiveness? – Sharing First Experiences with the New EIA Directive" (in cooperation with Finnish EIA Association and Environmental Assessment and Management Research Centre (University of Liverpool)

Workshop  ”Appraising the EU’s 2030 Climate and Energy Policy Framework”, 8-9 July 2019, Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights, Helsinki. (by invitation only)

On 8-9 July 2019, CCEEL will co-host an invitation-only workshop on Appraising the EU’s 2030 Climate and Energy Policy Framework. The workshop will bring together legal experts to discuss various aspects of the European Union’s recently completed climate and energy policy framework, and will lead to a special issue of the Review of European, Comparative & International Environmental Law (RECIEL), to be published in 2020. The workshop is co-organized with the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights and part of the EU-funded Jean Monnet Network GOVTRAN (Governing the EU’s Climate and Energy Transition in Turbulent Times).

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The EU LULUCF Regulation and Its Implementation Now and in the Future (in Finnish)

CCEEL will organise a half-day event on 6th June in Helsinki on the LULUCF regulation - its implementation now & in the future. The event aims to discuss the current status of implementation of the LULUCF regulation as well as the future steps to take, especially in the context of the setting the forest reference levels for 2021-2025, the compliance check after the first compliance period and aspects relating to the future review of the regulation. The speakers include experts from the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and CCEEL, among others. The event will be held in Finnish.

The event will be organized as part of the contributions under the SOMPA project that the CCEEL participates.

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CCEEL järjestää 6.6.2019 Helsingissä keskustelutilaisuuden ”Metsänielut ilmastopolitiikassa: LULUCF asetuksen toimeenpano & tulevaisuus”. Tilaisuuden tavoitteena on avata LULUCF asetuksen nykytilannetta sekä tulevaisuuden näkymiä erityisesti metsänielujen huomioimisen osalta. Tilaisuus järjestetään osana SOMPA-hankkeen toteutusta.  Tilaisuus on avoin kaikilla kiinnostuneille ja tilaisuuteen on ennakkoilmoittautuminen (janina.kayhko@tyrskyconsulting.fi)  


Tilaisuuden alustava ohjelma:

Metsänielut ilmastopolitiikassa: LULUCF asetuksen toimeenpano & tulevaisuus

Kielikeskuksen juhlasali, Helsingin yliopisto

Fabianinkatu 26, klo 9.00-12.00

Tilaisuuden alussa on tarjolla aamukahvit klo 8.30 alkaen.

 

TILANNEKATSAUS: LULUCF ASETUKSEN TOIMEENPANO

LULUCF asetuksen valmistelu ja toimeenpano EU:ssa

Anu Korosuo (IIASA)

Metsien vertailutasojen teknisestä tarkastuksesta

Sampo Soimakallio, Suomen ympäristökeskus (SYKE)

Suomen vertailutason arviointia

Aleksi Lehtonen, Luonnonvarakeskus (Luke)

 

MITÄ SEURAAVAKSI? LULUCF ASETUKSEN TULEVAISUUDEN NÄKYMIÄ

Asetuksen vaatimuksenmukaisuuden tarkastaminen ja uudelleentarkastelu

Seita Romppanen, The Center for Climate Change, Energy & Environmental Law (CCEEL)

 

PANEELIKESKUSTELU: Metsät Suomen ilmastopolitiikassa 2021-2030

Panelistit (tbc)

Anu Korosuo (IIASA)

Seita Romppanen (UEF)

Ahti Fagerblom (Metsäteollisuus)

Pj (tbc) (LUKE)

Lisätietoja tilaisuudesta seita.romppanen@uef.fi

 

International Environmental Law: Process as Decline? Helsinki Summer Seminar on International Law, Helsinki, 26-30 August 2019

CCEEL and the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights of the University of Helsinki are jointly organizing the 2019 Helsinki Summer Seminar on International Law on the topic “International Law: Process as Decline.”

Since the 1972 Stockholm Conference on the Environment and Development, international environmental law has continued to evolve at a remarkable pace. A number of treaties have been adopted to address environmental problems, including climate change, ozone depletion and biodiversity loss. In total, there are more than 3,000 multilateral environmental agreements in force. Their governing bodies have adopted thousands of decisions and created numerous sub-processes and -bodies, giving birth to an extensive and complex specialised area of international law.

However, the impressive expansion of international environmental law has not necessarily led to improvements in the state of the global environment. The international climate regime illustrates starkly the effective limitations of international law-making with respect to human and environmental health protection. Nearly three decades after its creation, the UN climate regime has yet to succeed in halting the growth of global greenhouse gas emissions. On the contrary, it seems that climate change is happening much faster than previously estimated. Similarly, the world’s biodiversity continues to decline at an alarming pace despite several treaties and multiple soft law instruments adopted under the 1992 Convention on Biological Diversity. The situation is no less daunting with respect to chemical pollution, a global phenomenon on the continuous rise that has proven impossible to address cogently under the existing cluster of international environmental agreements devised to regulate transboundary movements of hazardous chemicals and wastes. Indeed, one of the few successful international environmental instruments seems to be the 1987 Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer with recent scientific evidence showing that the ozone layer has started to recover due to controls on harmful substances introduced by the Protocol.

While international environmental lawyers are well aware of these challenges, the main solutions they are capable of offering tend to be procedural ones: new negotiations leading to new instruments, institutions, rules and processes. These tend to be legally sophisticated and complex, but their environmental effectiveness often remains questionable. The international climate regime is a good example. Since 2007, there have been several negotiating processes tasked with producing an adequate global response to the looming climate crisis. However, even the 2015 Paris Agreement falls manifestly short in this regard. While its goals are ambitious, it has deferred some of the most critical issues of climate change mitigation and climate finance to further negotiations - to be resolved another time, somewhere else. And while certainly innovative for an environmental treaty in its explicit attention to human rights and indigenous rights, the Paris Agreement’s attempt to create a bridge between these fragmented fields of international law rests in its preamble, providing relatively little insight on the legal operationality of such a task. 

The shared limitations of diverse branches of international environmental law, from climate change to chemicals, compel further reflection on the overarching legal field, with a view to understanding whether the preferred modus operandi of international environmental law, as reflected in its common legal forms, framings and institutional structures, is capacious enough to respond effectively to the massive environmental and human health crisis that fatally grips the contemporary life space, from a molecular to global level.

The 31st Helsinki Summer Seminar on International Law seeks to address some fundamental questions of international environmental law with an emphasis on a critical theoretical perspective. Embracing the intellectual diversity of critical legal approaches and their application to the field of international environmental law, the seminar encourages international environmental law scholars to unlearn pragmatic, instrumentalist or functionalist ways of doing international environmental law, and instead, to take distance or a step backwards in constituting the field, to reveal the underlying structures of social, cultural, political, geographical, historical and legal relations that shape, constrain and influence the epistemological and ontological contours, or boundaries of international environmental law.

The 31st Helsinki Summer Seminar on International Law will be organized jointly by the Erik Castrén Institute for International Law and Human Rights and the UEF Law School, in cooperation with the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Confirmed Speakers include:

Associate Professor Karin Mickelson, Peter A. Allard School of Law, the University of British Columbia
Professor Jorge E. Viñuales, University of Cambridge
Professor Harro van Asselt, UEF Law School
Professor Kati Kulovesi, UEF Law School
Dr Sabaa Khan, UEF Law School

Further information on the programme and registration will be provided shortly.

REGULAR EVENTS

Since 2013, CCEEL has organized an international and European energy law and policy conference "ENERGY TRANSITIONS".  The next  Energy Transitions conference takes place on 27–28 February 2020 in Joensuu, Finland.  The call for papers has been published and deadline for submission of abstracts is 10 October 2019. Please see conference website for more information. We welcome academics and practitioners working in the field to join the conference!

Since 2004, the UEF Law School has organized an annual two-week course on international environmental law-making and diplomacy in cooperation with the UN Environment. CCEEL has been responsible for organizing the course since its establishment in 2013.  Thus far, 424 participants from 122 countries have received training through the course. Funding for the course is provided by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and the Finnish Ministry of the Environment as well as the UN Environment.

The most recent course took place in October 2017 in Chambery, France, focusing on trade and the environment.