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Cities and climate change in the populist post-Paris world
3 November 2017 @ 12:30 – 15:00
Lecture: Cities and climate change in the populist post-Paris world: an international law perspective, Prof. Dr. Helmut Aust (Freie Universität Berlin), Finley Library, Lauterpacht Centre, 3. November 2017, 12.30 – 15.00
In recent years, cities have asserted themselves as relevant global actors in a number of fields. In the field of climate change governance, a plethora of different networks and initiatives has mushroomed. While the international law mainstream has been mostly ignored this development, it is time to take stock with respect to the role that cities play in today’s international legal order. The original justification for a global role of cities in this field was a perceived state failure with respect to climate change governance. After the entry into force of the Paris Agreement new questions arise: Can cities still claim to take the lead, to act where states supposedly only talk? Or would this only deepen the divisions in the populist-riven societies of our days? The talk will address these questions from an international law perspective, trying to sketch how international law might look like in the “urban age” in which we supposedly now live.
Helmut Philipp Aust, Dr. iur., is a Professor of Law at the Freie Universität Berlin, Department of Law. Previously, he held teaching and research positions at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München and the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. He was also a Visiting Fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge (2008) and at the Institute of International Law and the Humanities at Melbourne Law School (2014/2015). In 2016 he was a Visiting Professor at the University of Konstanz. His research concentrates on questions of general international law, human rights law. A recent focus of his work is the rise of cities in international law and global governance. His publications include “Complicity and the Law of State Responsibility” (CUP 2011), “The Interpretation of International Law by Domestic Courts” (OUP 2016, co-edited with Georg Nolte) and “Das Recht der globalen Stadt” (Mohr Siebeck 2017). Since May 2017, he is Co-Chair of the ILA Study Group on “The Role of Cities in International Law”.
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