Programme

ECONOMIC & ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

08.00 – 09.00

REGISTRATION

09.00 – 09.05

WELCOME

Peer Zumbansen, King’s College London

09.05 – 09.50

IN CONVERSATION

David Westbrook in conversation with Marwa Al-Sabouni on The Battle for Home

David Westbrook explores the critical arguments of The Battle for Home: The Vision of a Young Architect in Syria (Thames and Hudson, 2016) with the book’s celebrated author, discussing modernist architecture in the city of Homs - and what hope there is for the reconstruction of Syria’s cities and towns - to broader questions of civil, national, and international involvement in the creation of 'home'.

 

10.05 – 11.20

PLENARY ROUNDTABLE

The Trials & Prospects of Economic & Environmental Justice Today

Moderated by Genevieve LeBaron, University of Sheffield

The earth is in crisis. It is getting hotter, bringing prolonged droughts, forest res, rising seas and extinction of species. Signs of an escalating global environmental crisis are everywhere: industrial pollutants are poisoning the arctic, plastic is swirling in the ocean and in our drinking water, and tropical forests are being destroyed. Billions of people living on our planet are facing crisis, too. Their life chances are being stopped short by poverty, food insecurity, and inadequate medical care. Signs of an escalating global economic crisis are also everywhere: income inequality is rising sharply, employment is increasingly casual and hard to find, wages are stagnant, financial instability is persistent, and corporate profits continue to soar. New solutions are needed to these intertwined crises and time is of the essence.

During this plenary session, leading scholars, policymakers, and activists will debate the key obstacles currently standing in the way of economic and environmental justice in today's global economy, and pathways to achieving these.

Speakers

  • Guy Standing, SOAS, University of London
  • Isabel Feichtner, University of Würzburg
  • Fritjof Capra, Center for Ecoliteracy
  • Mark Barenberg, Columbia University

11.20 – 11.50

COFFEE BREAK

11.50 – 13.05

PARALLEL SESSIONS

Economic Justice

Moderated by Phillip Paiement - Tilburg Law School

Supply chain management involves numerous stakeholders in the outsourcing of non-core activities to the developing world, from governments and NGOs to consumers, shareholders and trade unions – all with different levels of investment in environmental and economic justice and supply chain sustainability. Is there now a chance of placing sufficient pressure on multinational corporations (and other agencies where a deficit of accountability has been observed) to ensure they meet their CSR commitments?

Speakers

  • Justine Nolan, University of New South Wales, Sydney
  • Scott Nova, Worker Rights Consortium
  • Robert McCorquodale, University of Nottingham
  • Phillip Paiement, Tilburg Law School

Moderated by Guy Standing, SOAS, University of London

The session explores whether theories of Universal Basic Income (UBI) are robust enough to really offer millions of people a way out of poverty and fresh life choices and opportunities that they would not otherwise have had, e.g. by contributing to better working conditions; reducing red tape, benefit fraud, and social inequalities; providing a secure safety net for all; reducing workloads; remunerate unpaid work; and strengthen democratic institutions.

Speakers

  • Louise Haagh, University of York
  • Sarath Davala, India Network for Basic Income
  • Claus Offe, Hertie School of Governance
  • Karl Widerquist, Georgetown University-Qatar

Moderated by Isabel Feichtner, University of Würzburg

This workshop will focus on money, its function, its institutional design, its power. We begin by exploring the implications of money and finance (and their institutional variations) in the creation and distribution of value. Moving forward, we assess the potential of institutional experiments - with parallel currencies, green quantitative easing, public digital payment platforms or an employment guarantee. What we hope to gain from such efforts are fresh insights into a better alignment of currency, credit and the values we aim for.

Speakers

  • Donatella Alessandrini, University of Kent
  • Christian Gelleri, Initiator of the Chiemgauer
  • Saule Omarova, Cornell University
  • Robert Hockett, Cornell University

Moderated by Ann Mumford, King’s College London

This is an important moment in global tax scholarship and activism. The diversity of scholars and activists working within taxation is exceeded only by the level of public interest in the apparent disconnect between democratic politics, transnational legal structures, and taxation. The potential of forging connections between the development of a truly sustainable future and both supra-governmental, and domestic, tax choices appears closer than ever, even as concern over existing legal frameworks intensifies.

Inspired by the theme of this Summit, this panel will consider specifically the potential for human development through Labour, Work and Action; and, frankly pragmatic choices within the tax global legal order that might redress apparently intransigent inequalities.

Speakers

  • John Christensen, Tax Justice Network
  • Mary Footer, University of Nottingham
  • Tommaso Faccio,  The Independent Commission for the Reform of International Corporate Taxation
  • Liz Campbell, University of Durham
  • Kathleen Lahey, Queen's University, Ontario

Moderated by Harry Arthurs, York University

Progressive democratic politics in general, and labour law specifically, face profound challenges today. Given that many workers support 'illiberal democracies', the question arises of whether capitalism will be more worker-friendly or less? Should initiatives to improve the lives of workers be built on a platform of universal ideals or grounded in the reality and specificity of local conditions? Should labour law seek to control the pace of technological change and to mitigate its negative effects on workers? Finally, with AI trumpeting the 'end of work', and the transmogrification of the 'working class' into the 'middle class', are concepts such as 'worker' or 'labour' becoming increasing obsolete?

Speakers
  • Ulrich Mückenberger, University of Bremen
  • Kevin Banks, Queen’s University, Ontario 
  • Katherine Stone, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Sara Slinn, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University          
  • Mark Barenberg, Columbia University

11.50 – 13:05

PARALLEL SESSIONS

Environmental Justice

Moderated by Chris Mottershead, King’s College London

This panel asks what it takes to build and strengthen powerful grassroots movements for environmental justice. It explores the ways in which these movements can interact with political processes and policy making at the global, national and local levels and the way in which greater public empowerment and participation in decision-making can be promoted.

Speakers
  • Augustine B Njamnshi, Bioresources Development and Conservation Programme, Cameroon
  • Delphine Djiraibe, Public Interest Law Center, Chad
  • Catherine Howarth, ShareAction
  • Fenton Lutunatabua, 350.org
  • Larry Lohmann, The Corner House

Moderated by David Edgerton, King’s College London

Articulating stewardship responsibilities in a vastly unequal world is challenging. We will focus on the different ways in which stewardship duties manifest and how they are realised in the specific context of biodiversity protection. Ultimately this panel is concerned with how we justly and collectively inhabit the earth at a time of ecological crisis.

Speakers
  • Cormac Cullinan, Cullinan & Associates Inc
  • Fritjof Capra, Center for Ecoliteracy
  • Ugo Mattei, University of California
  • Rose-Liza Eisma Osorio, University of Cebu

Moderated by Stephen Minas, Peking University

Technology is vital to preventing dangerous climate change and achieving sustainable development. This session will examine the role of technology, including energy, and related processes of law and diplomacy to enhancing climate action.

Speakers

  • Robby Berloznik, Flemish Institute for Technological Research 
  • Wendy Miles, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP 
  • Jean-Michel Glachant, Florence School of Regulation
  • Peter Vajda, Energy Community Secretariat

Moderated by Megan Bowman, King’s College London

Increasing flows of investment and finance for climate-friendly and sustainable initiatives will be crucial to implementing the Paris Agreement and UN Sustainable Development Goals. This session will explore the concept of ‘green finance’ having regard to the following themes:

  • Mainstreaming green finance, including the roles of national regulation, private sector actors and intergovernmental agencies in mobilising capital at scale;
  • Climate change as a systemic financial risk, including corporate and financial disclosure, challenges and opportunities for legal innovation, and modalities of corporate-cultural change.

Speakers

  • Nick Robins, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • Sophia Tickell, Meteos
  • Joanne Etherton, ClientEarth
  • Eric Talley, Columbia Law School

13.05 – 14.15

LUNCH & NETWORKING

14.15 – 15.30

PLENARY ROUNDTABLE

Justice & the Anthropocene

Moderated by Emily Barritt, King’s College London

Environmental justice is complex, not just because justice is a profoundly complex idea, but because when speaking about the environmental a host of diverse and potentially conflicting considerations are engaged. Inequalities manifest in terms of gender, race, class, geography, generation and species, and deciding how to balance these numerous considerations is hard. In this panel, speakers will introduce and interrogate these dimensions of environmental justice, examining how they interact and conflict with each other.

Speakers

  • Mary Mellor, Northumbria University 
  • Jannie Staffansson, Saami Council 
  • Lorenzo Cotula, International Institute for Environment and Development

15.30 – 15.45

COFFEE BREAK

15.45 – 17.00

PARALLEL SESSIONS

Economic Justice

Moderated by Andrew Crane, University of Bath

This session considers whether it is possible, and if so, what it would take, to end the business of forced labour by 2030 as is promised by target 8.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals. The session will explore the underlying causes of forced labour, including the global political economy dynamics of contemporary labour exploitation. It will identify gaps in current legal, policy and regulatory frameworks that seek to eliminate the business demand of forced labour at the national and international levels; and analyse the role of collective organising, trade unions, corporations and political leadership in combating labour exploitation in global supply chains.

Speakers

  • Kevin Hyland OBE, Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner
  • Alison Campbell, Department for International Development (Modern Slavery/Migration)
  • Genevieve LeBaron, University of Sheffield
  • Cindy Berman, Ethical Trading Initiative

Moderated by David Westbrook, State University of New York

Economic justice holds the key to a timely critique and transformation of today’s troubled relationship between economic and political order. The investigation of this relationship is at the heart of the ‘new human condition’ and, as such, at the core of what Hannah Arendt prompted us to scrutinize in her work on refugees and displacement, labour and political engagement, and authoritarianism. This session focuses on the links between trade, development and the evolving spaces and borders of economic justice. The session will analyse the role and agency of international economic institutions, developing countries and civil society in trade governance and development. It will also consider the impacts of trade on the world’s poor and explore the strategies and tools that are currently available to enhance economic justice across borders.

Speakers
  • Daniel Drache, York University, Toronto
  • Muhammad Azeem, Lahore University of Management Sciences
  • Nicolas Marcelo Perrone, University of Durham
  • Celine Tan, University of Warwick

Moderated by Lesley Sherratt, King’s College London

This session explores the practical workability of the concept of financial inclusion, starting with Hannah Arendt’s invitation (Prologue, The Human Condition) to ‘think what we are doing’. Like its predecessors (microfinance and microcredit), financial inclusion promises a future where poverty will be confined exclusively to ‘poverty museums’. But is there any evidence that financial inclusion significantly reduces poverty? Is a cashless world desirable, or will it over-indebt the poor by transferring the costs of financial inclusion from the state and banking system to the poor themselves? Does financial exclusion cause poverty, as the development world assumes, or is it poverty that is the cause of financial exclusion?

Speakers
  • Philip Mader, Institute of Development Studies
  • Kate Maclean, Birkbeck, University of London
  • Sally Brooks, University of York
  • Malcolm Harper, Cranfield School of Management
  • Serena Natile, King's College London

Moderated by Simon Archer, York University & Goldblatt Partners LLP

The first panel on labour and work responded to the changes in the organisation of work and workers’ recent support of ‘illiberal democracies’, and ended by asking whether the old categories of 'worker' and 'labour' will survive into the possible futures of capitalism.

How are workers and their groups responding to the changing organisation and conditions of work? How do the experiences and activities differ in the global north and global south? Will the trade union, the main unit of worker organisation and expression during the 20th century, play a role? What are alternative forms of worker organisation, from worker-owned and controlled structures to workers action centres? What are the conditions, skills or identities that permit such organisations? What are the legal and political expressions associated with these alternative forms of organising workers? Are the normative objectives of ‘labour law’ still desirable, and can they be met by alternative models of organising and modes of regulation?

Speakers

  • Dario Azzellini, Cornell University
  • Ewan McGaughey, King’s College London
  • Alessandra Mezzadri, SOAS, University of London

15.45 – 17.00

PARALLEL SESSIONS

Environmental Justice

Moderated by Leslie-Anne Duvic-Paoli, King’s College London

The commitments made in the context of Paris Agreement are currently not enough to achieve the aim of limiting global warming to 2°C, let alone 1.5°C. This panel explores ways to incentive climate action and drive ambition. It will discuss best practices in climate legislation and encourage creative thinking about how to facilitate compliance with fragile international commitments.

Speakers
  • Lavanya Rajamani, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi
  • Neil Gunningham, Australian National University & RegNet
  • Christine Parker, University of Melbourne
  • Alina Averchenkova, Grantham Research Institute, London School of Economics
  • Simon Kerr, Music for a Warming World

Moderated by Julia Dehm, La Trobe University School of Law

Courts are a key site for resolving disputes over environmental issues and for developing and interpreting environmental norms. In the last decade, litigation has become a key tool to promote climate justice. This workshop explores the nuances and complexities of climate change cases across jurisdictions and will consider the key challenges and barriers faced in climate litigation, its role within wider policy debates, and the future of such litigation.

Speakers

  • Sophie Marjanac, ClientEarth
  • Nick Flynn, Avaaz
  • Brian Preston, Land and Environment Court of New South Wales
  • Gerry Liston, Global Legal Action Network
  • Fiona Haines, University of Melbourne

Moderated by Helen Adams, King’s College London

Climate change, both through slow onset events and increased frequency and severity of natural disasters, is already forcing individuals and community to leave their homes and migrate. Predictions show that the number of such “climate refugees” will rise drastically in coming decades. Current legal frameworks are clearly inadequate to offer support, protection and compensation for those forced to flee due to the negative impacts climate change. What sorts of legal frameworks would be necessary to protect the right of those displaced through climate change? And what actions are necessary to ensure justice in the face of mass environmentally-driven displacement?

Speakers
  • Robin Bronen, Alaska Institute for Justice
  • Robert McLeman, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Maxine Burkett, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa

17.10 – 18.00

DINNER & NETWORKING

18.00 – 20.30

PROSE & POETRY

An intimate conversation with fiction writers and poets on the complexity of human identity, loss and belonging in a global era of borders, inequality, and environmental imbalance.

PROSE Hosted by Ben Rawlence, Independent Author 

  • Saleem Haddad, Writer
  • Annie Holmes, Writer and Filmmaker
  • Olumide Popoola, Writer & Author
  • Kapka Kassabova, Poet & Writer

POETRY Hosted by Kate Sutherland, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University

  • JJ Bola, Poet & Writer
  • Vahni Capildeo, Poet        
  • Karen McCarthy Woolf, Poet         
  • Malika Booker, Poet & Writer

20.30 – 21.30

RECEPTION WITH MUSIC

Music by Camila Meza & The Nectar Orchestra

Vocalist, guitarist and composer Camila Meza is a rarity, a glorious triptych of an artist. She possesses a gift for composing brilliant musical landscapes, a captivating, soulfully pure vocal instrument, and a consummate prowess on guitar, ablaze with irresistible melodies and improvisations. Originally from Santiago, Chile, Camila has garnered rapt attention from her colleagues, the press, and audiences in South America, New York City, and internationally, for her distinctive ability in blending jazz with her broad musical world (that includes Latin American, Brazilian, folk and pop), and for the emotional depth of her music. As pianist Aaron Goldberg notes, "she unites North and South America in a multilingual mega-continent, a pangaea of swing and harmony."

Accompanied by:

  • Eden Ladin, piano
  • Noam Wiesenberg, bass
  • Ofri Nehemya, drums
  • *Please note, all sessions and times are subject to change

    Type of session:
    • Keynotes will set the underlying tone and core messages for each day.
    • Plenary roundtables will encourage open debate by sharing different perspectives.
    • Parallel workshops will connect representatives from the Sites of Engagement & Agency – NGOs, Courts, International organisations, Academic institutions – to engage with sector specific issues.