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Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance

On 20 April 2022, Professor Jorge Viñuales, C-EENRG Fellow and Founding Director, will be the keynote speaker in a webinar on the topic of Green Constitution and Natural Resources / Constitución verde y recursos naturales, a part of the Academic Forum for the New Constitution in Chile. The webinar will take place at 12:30 - 2:15 pm Chile time / Eastern time (5:30 - 7.15 pm UK time). It will be held in English and Spanish with simultaneous translation. To register for the webinar, click here.

Few issues would rank higher on people’s priorities than the protection of the environment and the rights of nature. The apprehensions at hand: atmospheric pollution, environmental regulation of freshwater, land degradation, nature conservation, marine fisheries, genetically modified organisms, chemicals and waste regulation, and climate change are among the key concerns of citizens and societies. But how do sovereign states protect their natural environment? Answers differ among states, from broad constitutional-level protection in emerging economies to complex federal and sub-national statutory schemes in the United States. It is now Chile’s turn to redraft its constitutional framework on the environment, which correlates with similar definitions being taken by the constitutional convention on ownership of natural resources, water, property rights and the whole economic model. Definitions that – some argue – should further focus on the rights of the Earth and nature in itself, irrespective of its temporary inhabitants.

The list of speakers includes:

Welcoming Words: Forest Reinhardt, John D. Black Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
Opening Remarks: Maisa Rojas, Minister for the Environment, Chile
Keynote Speaker: Jorge Viñuales, Harold Samuel Professor of Law and Environmental Policy, Founder and Former Director, Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (C-EENRG), University of Cambridge
Discussants: Dominique Hervé, Professor of Law and Director, Program for Environmental Law and Policy, Universidad Diego Portales; Ricardo Irarrázabal, Assistant Professor of Law and Director, Environmental Law Program, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile; Verónica Delgado, Professor of Environmental and Water Law, Universidad de Concepción
Moderated by: Cristián Rodríguez-Chiffelle, DRCLAS Luksic Visiting Scholar 2021-2022, Harvard University

Read more about the webinar and register here.