Big Ideas is a series of talks addressing some of humanity’s shared challenges and opportunities as we work to advance an emerging global civilization. This series brings together perspectives from the Baha'i writings with current research and experience as well as contemporary discourses on key issues of our time.
Wednesday, November 1, 2023, 7:30 EDT

Towards Climate Justice: The Historical Initiative of Small Island Nations to Hold Major Polluters Accountable for Global Warming Before International Courts and Tribunals With Payam Akhavan

Small island states are facing threats to their existence and some may even disappear because of sea-level rise if the major polluters don't change course. This presentation will explore legal efforts to fight this injustice.

Professor Akhavan SJD OOnt FRSC is Senior Fellow and Human Rights Chair at Massey College, University of Toronto, Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, and Special Advisor to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. He has appeared as counsel in notable cases before international courts and tribunals, including most recently, on behalf of the Commission of Small Island States on Climate Change and International Law in a historic case on the responsibility of major polluters for greenhouse gas emissions and the catastrophic consequences of Global Warming.

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