Loyola University Chicago

School of Law

International Law Review Symposium



The Global Response to Climate Change: A Common Concern of Humankind

Philip H. Corboy Law Center
Power Rogers & Smith Ceremonial Courtroom
25 East Pearson Street, Chicago
Friday, February 9, 2018

Conference Coordinator and Editor-in-Chief

Payal Patel 
To register, e-mail ppatel67@luc.edu

Symposium Brochure (PDF)



8:30­–9:00 a.m. | Welcome and Continental Breakfast

9:00–9:15 a.m. | Opening Remarks

9:15–10:00 a.m. | Featured Speaker

Developments in International Climate Change Law

Cinnamon Carlarne, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

10:00–11:15 a.m. | Panel #1

Not Just the Environment: The Impacts of Climate Change on Humans

Michael Cooper, University of Oxford North American Office

Michael Tiboris, Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Nancy Tuchman, Loyola University Chicago Institute of Environmental Sustainability

Moderator: James Gathii, Loyola University Chicago School of Law

11:15­–11:30 a.m. | Break

11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m. | Panel #2

Business, Finance and the Environment: A Changing Landscape

Tom Hodgman, The Nature Conservancy

Catherine Hurley, Argonne National Laboratory

Joanna Kyriazis, Zizzo Strategy

Moderator:Seth Green, Loyola University Chicago Quinlan School of Business

12:45–1:30 p.m. | Lunch and Afternoon Address

Local Action, Global Results: Reducing the City of Chicago’s Carbon Footprint

Amy Jewel, Institute for Market Transformation

1:30­–2:45 p.m. | Panel #3

Necessary Change-Makers: How Local, National and Non-State Actors are making a Difference

Jason MacLean, University of Saskatchewan College of Law

Purba Mukerjee, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

Serin Remedios, Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP

Moderator: Allen Shoenberger, Loyola University Chicago School of Law

2:45–3:00 p.m. | Closing Remarks

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE - The Loyola University Chicago International Law Review is pleased to announce its 2018 Symposium, “The Global Response to Climate Change: A Common Concern of Humankind” to be held on Friday, February 9, 2018.

The effects of climate change are escalating at a rate few envisioned only some decades earlier. Although a handful of nations bear the main responsibility for carbon emissions and other primary factors generally accepted by scientists, developed and developing nations alike feel the economic, political, and social effects of climate change. The international legal community has stepped forward with various measures to combat current and future causes and effects by building international consensus. These measures have had their own responses and have set off intense debate of the weight each nation is to bear in these ameliorative steps, and of the consequences for noncompliance of any nation. Moreover, many question whether these steps are enough and whether the global community bears moral responsibility for those nations and peoples that have little influence, but suffer climate change’s effects all the same.

The complex challenges and potentially disastrous consequences of climate change invite creative solutions from a variety of disciplines. Climate change presents novel issues in a multitude of areas within the law, including trade, migration, human rights, and international law. In addition, a variety of stakeholders are able to act, alone or in concert, including intergovernmental organizations, nongovernmental organizations, nations, and subnational organizations. The measures taken by these stakeholders and their proposed future solutions merit scholarly analysis and discussion.

CONFERENCE LOCATION - The Conference will be held in the Philip H. Corboy Law Center, Power Rogers & Smith Ceremonial Courtroom, on the 10th floor of 25 E. Pearson St. on Loyola University Chicago’s Water Tower Campus. Validated parking is available in a number of locations adjacent to the School of Law.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION - Loyola University Chicago School of Law is pleased to present this Conference at no charge to Loyola students and faculty and individuals not seeking CLE credits. For those who wish to obtain credit, registration fees are $50 or $40 for alumni. There is no charge for CLE credit for current faculty, staff or students, and an immediate 50 percent fee reduction is offered for attorneys working in the areas of government or public interest. Seating is limited and registration is appreciated. Open seating will be available on a first-come basis to those who do not register.

The Illinois MCLE Board approved this program for 5 hours of general MCLE credit.

ABOUT THE LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL LAW REVIEW - The Loyola University Chicago International Law Review is a student-managed, semi-annual journal that focuses on topical issues in both international and comparative law. The journal contributes to the general body of legal knowledge through the publication of articles on important legal and societal developments related to the field. This year, the Loyola University Chicago International Law Review celebrates the publication of its 15th Volume.


Cinnamon Piñon Carlarne is a professor of law at the Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law. Professor Carlarne is a leading expert in environmental law and climate change law and policy. Her scholarship focuses on the evolution of the system of domestic and international environmental governance and includes a book on comparative climate change law and policy with Oxford University Press; a series of journal articles and book chapters exploring questions of domestic and international environmental law; and a forthcoming textbook on seas, society, and human well-being. Professor Carlarne is on the editorial board for the Climate Law Journal and the newly established Transnational Environmental Law Journal, launched by Cambridge University Press in 2012.

Amy Jewel is the City Energy Project City Advisor in Chicago. She supports ongoing work with the Chicago Office of the Mayor to increase energy efficiency through efforts such as the Chicago Benchmarking & Transparency Ordinance and ongoing energy code compliance improvements. Prior to joining Institute for Market Transformation in 2014, Jewel worked as a private sector consultant and helped develop energy policies and Climate Action Plans for over two-dozen local governments. In other previous positions, she served as an environmental educator and also worked as a fundraiser for a small nonprofit organization.

Panel 1: Not Just the Environment: The Impacts of Climate Change on Humans

Michael Cooper is senior development executive at the University of Oxford North American Office. He has been engaged in the human rights and humanitarian relief field for more than two decades and has worked with many organizations that partner with United Nations agencies and other international organizations, think tanks, nongovernmental organizations, universities, foundations, corporations and legal professionals to protect refugees and migrants, advance human rights, provide for more effective and accountable humanitarian relief operations and promote the rule of law. On behalf of the Center for Global Development, Cooper published a comprehensive MacArthur Foundation-funded study of the European legal regime governing persons displaced by natural disaster. With a German publisher, he is expanding this paper for publication as an academic book.

James Gathii is a professor of law and the Wing-Tat Lee Chair in International Law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. His research and teaching interests are in public international law, international trade law, third world approaches to international law, African constitutionalism and human rights. Professor Gathii sits on the board of editors for a variety of esteemed international law journals and is widely published and speaks extensively in the areas of public international law, international trade law, and international human rights. Professor Gathii has served as an expert, consultant and member of a variety of international organizations, including the International Academy of International Law, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and International Institute for the Unification of Private Law.

Michael Tiboris is a global water fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and public fellow for the American Council of Learned Societies. His research concerns primary resource stability as a foreign policy objective and is particularly focused on water resource policy, cooperative resource governance, and global justice. His written work is published in a number of academic sources (including Social Theory and Practice, the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, and The Journal of Applied Philosophy), popular media sources (including The National Interest, Foreign Policy, and Chicago Tribune), and has been recognized by the University of Pennsylvania’s Global Go To Think Tank Index as among the best work produced in 2016.

Nancy Tuchman is the founding director of the Institute of Environmental Sustainability at Loyola University Chicago. The institute engages students, faculty, staff and administrators in activities designed to lower our campus consumption of energy and natural resources, and reduce our waste production while raising public awareness of the unsustainable consumption of our Earth’s natural resources in order to transform behaviour, develop policy, and inspire and prepare the next generation of science-based environmental leaders. Under Professor Tuchman’s direction, the institute has developed several flagship programs including producing biodiesel which converts waste vegetable oil into fuel and uses it in Loyola’s intercampus shuttle buses, using waste glycerin to produce soap which is being sold in Loyola’s campus stores, and growing food organically at Loyola’s four-acre student-run farm and on our urban campus gardens.

Panel 2: Business, Finance and the Environment: A Changing Landscape

Seth Green is an executive lecturer at Loyola University Chicago Quinlan School of Business and the founding director of the Raymond Baumhart, S.J., Center for Social Enterprise and Responsibility, an interdisciplinary center at Loyola that equips Chicagoland leaders and students with the tools to accelerate social change. His expertise focuses on social entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility, nonprofit leadership, and cross-sector partnership, having spoken on these topics at the U.S. House, U.S. Senate, World Bank, United Nations, and other leading institutions. Professor Green joined Loyola after 15 years of leading institutions at the forefront of fighting poverty and expanding opportunity, including through his role as executive director of the Chicagoland nonprofit Youth & Opportunity United, as a strategic planning and change management consultant at McKinsey and Company and as a McKinsey Community Fellow supporting nonprofit clients such the Gates Foundation and United Way.

Tom Hodgman is senior director of product development at NatureVest, the conservation-investing unit of the Nature Conservancy. NatureVest’s mission is to create and execute investible deals in a wide variety of sectors around the world that deliver results and financial returns for investors. Hodgman manages The Nature Conservancy’s work in conservation finance for large landscape conservation projects, with a focus on North American landscapes and forest conservation globally. In addition to his work at The Nature Conservancy, Hodgman is a founding board member of the Evanston Lakehouse & Gardens, an organization seeking to restore and revitalize the historic landmark Harley Clarke Mansion on the Evanston Lakefront.

Catherine Hurley leads and manages sustainability efforts at Argonne National Laboratory as the Sustainability Program Manager. In this role, she manages a cross-disciplinary team to implement the Site Sustainability Plan, with a $2M annual budget to implement projects around energy, waste and water conservation, sustainable transportation, green building, and sustainability reporting. Prior to joining Argonne in 2016, Hurley served as Sustainability Manager for the City of Evanston, Illinois, where she led the City’s Climate Action Plan and STAR Community Rating, which provides a framework for reporting and continuous improvement around community sustainability. She serves on the board of directors for STAR Communities and the International Society of Sustainability Professionals.

Joanna Kyriazis is a lawyer and policy advisor at Zizzo Strategy who combines her strategic advocacy skills and her strong background in science to deliver innovative solutions. She works with organizations across sectors to identify climate-related risks and opportunities and navigate the policy landscape while transitioning to a low-carbon economy. Kryiazis has also assisted governmental, nonprofit and international organizations in developing policies and positions on carbon policies, integrated land-use, and transportation planning, resilient cities and biodiversity.

Panel 3: Necessary Change-Makers: How Local, National and Non-State Actors are making a Difference

Jason MacLean is an assistant professor of law at the University of Saskatchewan College of Law. Professor MacLean’s scholarly research focuses primarily on interdisciplinary approaches to Canadian climate change and sustainability law and policy, but he conducts also research on issues of corporate law, including transnational corporate liability for violations of human rights and environmental pollution, as well as contract law, administrative law, and legal education. His research has been published in a number of leading academic journals and his editorials have been published in a variety of environmental and natural resources law issues in newspapers, including the McGill Law Journal, Journal of Environmental Law and Practice, and Canadian Business Law Journal, the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, and Maclean’s.

Purba Mukerjee is an environmental health fellow at the University of California, Berkeley’s Environmental Law Clinic. She helps develop and supervise a variety of clinic projects, with a focus on those implicating environmental health, such as exposure to air pollution and toxic chemicals. During law school, Mukerjee was a student in the East Bay Community Law Center’s housing program and externed in the Land Law and Environment sections of the California Department of Justice. Prior to joining the Clinic, she was a fellow at the Center for Biological Diversity, where she worked on the center’s efforts to reduce pesticide use and limit suburban sprawl.

Serin Remedios is an associate lawyer at Wills & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP, practicing environmental litigation as well as environmental, Aboriginal, northern and energy law. She advises clients about environmental legislative and regulatory obligations to provides solutions to help clients manage environmental liability and identify sources of recovery including environmental insurance. Remedios also advocates for clients in environmental civil litigation, regulatory prosecutions and administrative appeals proceedings and also defends clients charged with municipal, provincial and federal environmental offenses. Additionally, Remedios assists First Nation and Inuit communities, resource proponents, and environmental boards with environmental law issues and natural resource projects.

Allen Shoenberger is a professor of law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. In addition to his consulting experience in disability and education law, Professor Shoenberger has also supervised the appellate practicum program, taught as a visiting lecturer at the University of Nairobi, Kenya, served as assistant editor of the East African Law Reports and as an International Legal Center Fellow, Ford Urban Law Fellow and National Science Foundation Fellow. Professor Shoenberger has been a hearing officer for the Illinois Pollution Control Board and now teaches environmental law, among other subjects, at Loyola.


No Charge Loyola students and faculty, and individuals who do not wish to obtain MCLE credits

$50 Individuals seeking CLE credits

$40 Loyola graduates seeking CLE credits

50% FEE REDUCTION for attorneys working in the areas of government interest

The Illinois MCLE Board approved this program for 5 hours of general MCLE credit.