ILS International Law and Practice Course 2019 – Lecture 4 with The Honourable Justice Brian John Preston SC

Join the International Law Section on the 4 June in Sydney for another exciting ILS International Law and Practice Course lecture. Guest speaker the Honourable Justice Brian John Preston SC will speak on the topic of the Paris Agreement and principles of international environmental law. Chaired by Dr Cameron Kelly, General Counsel of Australian renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).
 

The Paris Agreement and Principles of International Environmental Law

In the latter half of the twentieth century, increasing international concern for environmental issues culminated in the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in 1992, the Earth Summit, in Rio de Janeiro. Recognising that environmental issues required a coordinated international approach, a suite of environmental treaties were adopted, including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (the UNFCCC). The UNFCCC established general obligations and provided a framework for the parties to take future action to achieve the goal of stabilising greenhouse gas concentrations.

To implement the UNFCCC, the Kyoto Protocol specified emissions reduction commitments for ‘Annex 1’ countries (developed countries). However, the Kyoto Protocol has not been that successful, partly because of its lack of universality (only developed countries have emissions reduction commitments), partly because of its lack of ambition (the aggregate of emissions reduction commitments are insufficient) and partly because of its top-down approach. This presentation will first consider the context in which the Paris Agreement arose, including the Earth Summit and top-down approaches taken under the UNFCCC, before turning to how the Paris Agreement operates and influences international and national law through both its binding and nonbinding obligations. Justice Preston is the Chief Judge of the Land and Environment Court of New South Wales.

Prior to being appointed in November 2005, he was a senior counsel practising primarily in New South Wales in environmental, planning, administrative and property law. He has lectured in post-graduate environmental law for nearly 30 years. He is the author of Australia’s first book on environmental litigation and 128 articles, book chapters and reviews on environmental law, administrative and criminal law. He holds numerous editorial positions in environmental law publications and has been involved in a number of international environmental consultancies and capacity-building programs, including for judiciaries throughout Asia.
 

The Honourable Justice Brian John Preston SC

Justice Preston is the Chief Judge of the Land and Environment Court of New South Wales. Prior to being appointed in November 2005, he was a senior counsel practising primarily in New South Wales in environmental, planning, administrative and property law. He has lectured in post-graduate environmental law for nearly 30 years. He is the author of Australia’s first book on environmental litigation and 128 articles, book chapters and reviews on environmental law, administrative and criminal law. He holds numerous editorial positions in environmental law publications and has been involved in a number of international environmental consultancies and capacity-building programs, including for judiciaries throughout Asia.

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*All 10-sessions including one year’s membership (from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020) to the International Law Section of the Law Council of Australia.

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