From Regulation to Governance in the Climate Change Context (Previous topic: Reviving Regionalism)

There is a last-minute change of topic and abstract for this seminar.  Please kindly note the changes below.

Date: January 29, 2019 (Tuesday)
Time: 1pm – 2pm
Venue: Academic Conference Room, 11/F Room 625, 6/F Cheng Yu Tung Tower, the University of Hong Kong

Speaker: Professor Issachar Rosen-Zvi (Professor of Law & Vice Dean, Tel Aviv University’s Buchman Faculty of Law)

New abstract:

The presentation explores the transition from regulation to governance in the climate change context. It argues that the study of regulation, and particularly that of climate change regulation, should go beyond traditional state and transnational regulation to encompass hybrid regulatory forms which blurs the distinction between the public and the private, the mandatory and the voluntary and destabilizes the boundaries between the global, the national and the sub-national. The article analyzes the particular problematics of climate change which make regulating it particularly difficult and explores creative forms of soft regulation that environmental groups, NGOs and international NGOs have developed in order to bypass the obstacles posed by traditional state regulation. Such novel regulatory mechanisms include certification programs, voluntary cap and trade initiatives and corporate codes of conduct. It concludes by reflecting on the crucial question whether the plethora of new governance mechanisms are at all apt to address the problem of climate change.

About the speaker: Professor Rosen-Zvi is a professor of law and the Vice Dean at Tel Aviv University’s Buchman Faculty of Law. Professor Rosen-Zvi obtained his LL.B. degree (magna cum laude) from Bar-Ilan University, his LL.M. degree in law and sociology from Tel Aviv University (summa cum laude) and continued his studies at Stanford Law School, where he received his doctorate in June 2002. After graduation, Professor Rosen-Zvi clerked for the Honorable Chief Justice Aharon Barak of the Israel Supreme Court and practiced law at Kirkland & Ellis, LLP in New York. His research areas include civil procedure, administrative law, local government law and environmental law. He published articles in prestigious law reviews, including Stanford Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, UCLA Law Review, Cornell Law Review and the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies. He is also the author of the book TAKING SPACE SERIOUSLY (Ashgate, 2004) which explores the different ways in which a multicultural state deals with various social groups through the mechanisms of space.

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