11 November 2015 all-day
American University Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016

The Sustainable Development Law & Policy publication will hold its annual symposium this November on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties in Paris (COP-21) taking place in December of this year. This conference will be of ultimate importance in determining how to move the world forward in addressing climate change. The 195 countries that are parties to the UNFCCC committed to create a new international climate agreement by the end of COP-21. The symposium will include panels featuring leading experts on climate change, domestic environmental law, and international environmental law who will discuss various issues surrounding the negotiations. The topics will include particular focus on President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, economic implications of the negotiations, the 2-degree goal and whether it is feasible, and the means for reaching the goals and purposes of the UNFCCC.


9:00-9:30am: Registration and Coffee
9:30-10:00am: Welcome Remarks

Welcome Address on behalf of SDLP, Caitlin Buchanan, Editor in Chief
Overview of Panel Topics, Katrina Tomecek, Symposium Editor
Introduction to COP-21 and Issues to be Discussed, Carroll Muffett, President and CEO, Center for International Environmental Law

10:00-12:00pm: PANEL 1 – U.S. Climate Action


  •  Toby Short, Director of Federal Government Affairs, Duke Energy
  • Tyson Slocum, Director – Clean Energy Program, Public Citizen
  • Jeremy Martinich, Environmental Protection Agency
  • David Bookbinder, Element VI Consulting
  • Alex McDonough, Senior Policy Advisor for Energy & the Environment, Senator Harry Reid

Moderator: Professor William Snape, American University Washington College of Law

12:00-1:00pm: Break and Lunch served
1:00-2:00pm: Keynote Address and Lunch – (Speaker To be Announced)
2:00-2:15pm: Break
2:15-3:15pm: PANEL 2 – Agreeing on 2 Degrees


  • Ben Schreiber, Friends of the Earth
  • Charles DiLeva, Chief Counsel, Environment and International Law, Legal Vice Presidency, The World Bank
  • Alyssa Johl, Senior Attorney – Climate & Energy Program, Center for International Environmental Law
  • Additional Speaker(s) To be Announced

Moderator: Erika Lennon, American University Washington College of Law

3:15-3:30pm: Coffee Break

3:30-4:30pm: PANEL 3 – Adaptation and Compensation


  • Marcia Levaggi, Manager of the Adaptation Fund Board Secretariat, The Adaptation Fund
  • Michael Burger, Columbia Law School
  • Additional Speaker(s) To be Announced

Moderator: Professor David Hunter, American University Washington College of Law

4:30-5pm: Closing Remarks – Speaker To be Announced