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Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance

The Global Economy, the Sustainable Development Goals and the Law

Leverhulme Lecture & Distinguished Experts Dialogue

16 June 2021 | 18:00 Geneva | 17:00 Cambridge | 12:00 Montreal / New York


You are warmly invited to register for this week’s Leverhulme Lecture and Distinguished Experts Dialogue, which takes place on Wednesday 16 June 2021 among leading international jurists, senior leaders and academics, and renowned trade and investment experts, to share insights and identify new directions for the global economy in the context of pandemic recovery and the global Sustainable Development Goals, guided by international law and policy. With world-renowned hosts and experts in interactive dialogue with the audience, this special 'evening/lunch’ online event promises to be a major highlight of the year for the international community.  

The Distinguished Experts Dialogue will be preceded by a public online Leverhulme Lecture, which is being provided by Professor Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger, Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor and C-EENRG Fellow, University of Cambridge, Senior Director, Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL), Full Professor of International Law, School of Environment, Entrepreneurship & Development, University of Waterloo and author of Athena’s Treaties: Crafting Trade and Investment Accords for Sustainable Development (Oxford University Press, June 2021), which is being launched globally in the event

After a welcome from Professor Stephen J Toope, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, this special event will be chaired by Professor Thomas Cottier, founder and former Managing Director of the World Trade Institute and Professor Emeritus of European and International Economic Law at the University of Bern. Opening remarks will be delivered by Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, WTO Director-General.

The event will feature a Distinguished Experts Dialogue between respected international judges and arbitrators, expert professors of international trade and investment law, and senior leaders of international organisations and educational institutions in the field of international trade and investment law, public policy and sustainable development, including Professor James Bacchus, former WTO Appellate Body Judge, Distinguished University Professor of Global Affairs and Director of the Center for Global Economic and Environmental Opportunity at the University of Central Florida; Professor Daniel C. Esty Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy, School of the Environment and Clinical Professor of Environmental Law & Policy, Yale Law School;  Adv Wayne Garnons-Williams, Chair International Inter-tribal Trade and Investment Organisation; Adv Anna Joubin-Bret, Secretary of the United Nations Commission for International Trade Law (UNCITRAL);  Adv Meg Kinnear, Secretary-General of the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID); Lic Ricardo Melendez-Ortiz, Founder and Fellow of CaeruleuM Globe & Sustainability and Strategic Advisor, Latin Trade Group; Adv Wendy Miles QC, International Chamber of Commerce Court of Arbitration Vice-President, Twenty Essex Barrister and Global Climate Law Leadership Award Laureate; and Prof Jorge Vinuales, Harold Samuel Professor of Law and Environmental Policy and founding Director and Fellow of the Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Governance (C-EENRG), University of Cambridge.

The experts dialogue is preceded by the Leverhulme Lecture by Prof Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger, the Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor, which is opened by Professor Diane Coyle, Co-Director of the Bennett Institute for Public Policy, University of Cambridge, and closed by Professor Avidan Kent from the University of East Anglia.

Confirmed special guests who will join online include Richard Baron, Executive Director of the 2050 Pathways Programme, European Climate Foundation; Prof Yongmin Bian, Deputy Dean of the University of International Business and Economics of China; Prof Andrea Bjorklund, Full Professor and the L. Yves Fortier Chair in International Arbitration and International Commercial Law in McGill University; Prof Dan Bodansky, Regents Professor of Arizona State University; Dean Susan Breau, Professor and Dean of Law, University of Victoria; Dr. Fabiano De Andrade Correa, CISDL Lead Counsel; Professor Armand De Mestral, Emeritus Professor of Law and Jean Monnet Chair in International Economic Integration in McGill University; Prof Ilaria Espa, CISDL Lead Counsel and Senior Assistant Professor of the Swiss Italian University; Prof Markus Gehring, CISDL Lead Counsel, Director of the Centre for European Legal Studies, C-EENRG Fellow, and Director of Studies for Law at Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge; Dr Kamal Hossain, Senior Lawyer of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh; Dr David Hunter, Senior Partner of Bateswells B-Corp Law Firm; Jack McNichol, Senior Law Editor of Oxford University Press; Prof Vaughan Lowe QC, Barrister of Essex Court Chambers, Emeritus Chichele Professor of Public International Law and Emeritus Fellow of All Souls College in the University of Oxford; Prof Andrew Newcombe, Associate Professor and Acting Associate Dean in the University of Victoria; and Prof Andreas Ziegler, Professor of International Law in the University of Lausanne; among others.

This series of open public Leverhulme Lectures raises complex, inter-linked ‘wicked problems’ and innovative solutions to global challenges. It considers how the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can offer a common global public policy agenda, supported by binding international legal principles and rules derived from treaty regimes, interpreted by courts and tribunals, for more just and sustainable pandemic response and recovery. In the present lecture, experts consider how international trade and investment law, including dispute settlement, can foster a more sustainable recovery of the world economy, advancing new directions for research, education and practice in this field. 

Register for the Leverhulme Lecture and Distinguished Experts Dialogue and join it this Wednesday, 16 June 2021!