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February 17 | 9:00 – 10:00AM CT

Prof. Cymie R. Payne
Associate Professor, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and School of Law, Rutgers University 

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On behalf of the Environment, Energy and Natural Resources (EENR) Center at the University of Houston Law Center, we are delighted to announce the forthcoming events we’ll host in the frame of our virtual lecture series on Energy Transition and Climate Governance, sponsored by the EU’s Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions, and spearheaded by Dr. Aubin Nzaou.  

Topic: Governing Climate Change and Marine Biodiversity Loss: Can We Walk and Chew Gum at the Same Time? 

Speaker's name: Prof. Cymie R. Payne
Associate Professor, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and School of Law, Rutgers University   

Abstract:  

Critical decisions about how to govern human uses of the ocean are being made in the next year. The ocean provides 95 per cent of the space on Earth where life can exist and researchers are continuously discovering new life forms in the deep, but species are threatened and being lost due to overfishing and other human impacts. In March 2022, the negotiation of a new treaty for conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity in the high seas—the BBNJ agreement—including its seabed, will draw to a close. This treaty has the potential to help climate change mitigation, and adaptation of marine life to the unavoidable effects of climate change. The lecture will examine how a new treaty and existing legal regimes can support climate mitigation and adaptation, while stemming biodiversity loss.  

Bio:  

Cymie R. Payne, Associate Professor, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and School of Law, Rutgers University   

Professor Payne has appeared as counsel before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in its deep seabed mining and IUU fisheries advisory opinion cases, and as an expert on environmental reparations at the international Court of Justice. Currently, she is legal advisor to International Union for Conservation of Nature's delegation to the intergovernmental conference for a legally binding agreement on conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction, and Chair of the Ocean Law Specialist Group of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law. She has been a member of the Berkeley Law faculty and served as attorney with the U.S. Department of the Interior, the law firm of Goodwin, Procter and the United Nations Security Council's environmental war reparations program. She holds a MA from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a JD from the University of California, Berkeley.  

Publications  

https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?per_id=877338 

We have a remarkable series planned for the rest of the year featuring domestic and international speakers.

Feb. 2022
Jonathan Gilligan
Vanderbilt University—Law School

Mar. 10, 2022 | 10-11 am ET
Daniel Magraw
Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

Mar. 22, 2022 | 10-11 am ET
Michael Vandenbergh
Vanderbilt University—Law School).

Apr. 2022 | 10-11 am ET
Daniel E. Walters
Penn State Law

May 2022
Don Elliot
Yale University—Yale Law School

Jun. 2022 | 10-11 am ET
Cary Coglianese
University of Pennsylvania—Carey Law School