Hamburg International Environmental Law Conference (HIELC) 2013


DATE & VENUE: September, 12th/13th, 2013 in The Bucerius Law School, Hamburg, Germany

In 2011, the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg presented itself as European Green Capital. This title, awarded by the European Commission was the reason for a group of lawyers interested in the environment and international environmental law, to found an association with the aim to bundle and promote the scientific discourse in the area of the environmental law on an international level. Thus, on 4 February 2010, the Internationaler Umweltrechtstag Hamburg e.V. (IURT e.V.) association was created to organize the First Hamburg International Environmental Law Conference (HIELC) that took place in September 2011. It was joined by about 200 participants from all over the world.

Due to the great success of this first conference, the IURT e.V. members didn’t hesitate to continue their efforts in order to prepare a second Hamburg International Environmental Law Conference (HIELC) for 2013. It is going to take place on September 12th/13th2013. This time, the HIELC is engaging in a discussion about national and regional legal initiatives for climate protection. In addition, it focuses on the protection of fish stocks endangered by extensive fishing and the problems of maricultures.

The Course structure of the conference is as follows:

Thursday, September 12th, 2013:
National and Regional Climate Protection Law

9.00 AM                      Greetings                                        Prof. Hans-Joachim Koch
                                        University of Hamburg, Research Centre for Environmental           
                                        Law, Germany 

                                         Jörg Kuhbier
Chairman of the Association “IURT e.V.” and Former State Senator,  


1.                                       Opening Addresses
9.30 – 10.15 AM         National Contributions for Global Emission Reduction

                                        Prof. Mojib Latif
   GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research and Christian-

                                        Albrechts-Universität Kiel, Germany

10.15 – 11.00 AM  National Climate Protection Regimes: Comparative Considerations



2.        Current National and Regional Climate Protection Law
I.        Industrialised Countries (11.30 AM – 1.30 PM)

                                        Moderation: Prof. Dr. Ivo Appel
                                        Universität Hamburg, Research Centre for Environmental Law

11.30 – 11.50 AMUSA

                                        Prof. David M. Driesen
                                        Syracuse University, College of Law, Syracuse, USA

11.50 – 12.10 AM   Climate Change and the Law in Japan

                                        Prof. Yukari Takamura
                                        Nagoya University, Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Japan

12.10 – 12.30 AM    Legal framework for climate protection in the EU and Germany

                                        Dr. Simon Marr
                                        Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and 
                                        Nuclear Safety, Berlin, Germany

12.30 – 1.30 PM      Discussion


II. Emerging Economies (3.00 – 5.15 PM)

                                        Moderation: Dr. Elisa Morgera 
                                        University of Edinburgh, UK

3.00 – 3.20 PM        Climate Change Efforts in India
                                        M. C. Mehta 
                                        M. C. Mehta Environmental Foundation, India

3.20 – 3.40 PM      Climate Change Law in China

                                         Prof. DENG Haifeng 
                                         Tsinghua University, School of Law, invited

3.40 – 4.00 PM        Climate Change Law in Brasilia

                                        Prof. Yanko Marcius de Alencar Xavier
                                        Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Natal, Brasil

4.00 – 4.20 PM        Climate Change Law and Development – a (southern) African Perspective

                                        Prof. Dr. Oliver C. Ruppel
                                        University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

4.20 – 5.15 PM          Discussion


3. Panel Discussion
5.30 – 6.30 PM        Panel Discussion

Moderation: Prof. Dr. Thilo Marauhn
 Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen, invited

4. Forum – Global Players in Climate Protection Law 

                                       Moderation: Dr. Roda Verheyen 
                                       Attorney at Law, Hamburg, Germany

3.00 – 3.45 PM         The Role of International Environmental Associations

                                        Dr. Cathrin Zengerling 
                                        Attorney at Law, Hamburg, Germany

3.45 – 4.30 PM        The Inclusion of Expert Knowledge 

                                        Prof. Dr. Olav Hohmeyer 
                                        The German Advisory Council on the Environment, 
                                        Coordinator at the IPCC and University of Flensburg, Germany


4.30 – 5.15 PM        Regional and Bilateral Initiatives for Climate Protection 

                                      Enrique Lendo Fuentes 
                                      Jefe de la Unidad Coordinadora de Asuntos Internacionales,                  
                                      Secretaria de Medio Ambi-ente y Recursos Naturales, Mexico


7.30 PM                    Reception
Hamburg Chamber of Commerce – Commerzsaal

Contact Persons:
1. Franziska BotheEventmanagerin Tel.: +49 40 30 70 6-218
Mobile: +49 171 750 56 99
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2.Miriam Jobst Eventmanagerin Tel.: +49 40 30 70 6-217
Mobile: +49 171 750 56 99
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