International Environmental Laws and Climate Change: Is there Global Climate Justice?


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July 17, 2017 to July 20, 2017
Subject Fields: 
Environmental History / Studies

Mountain Seminar,       

International Environmental Laws and Climate Change: Is there Global Climate Justice? 

With the doubtful status of environmental rights in international law as global citizen rights, and no international environmental court or adjudication, are we adequately equipped to deal with climate change? Is there climate justice? To help address these fundamental questions, you are invited to join us at this Mountain Seminar sponsored by the Center for United Nations Constitutional Research.

Dates: July 17-20 (4 nights, Monday through Wednesday, check out on Thursday). Please, note the facilities will be also available for 1 night before and 1 night after. That is optionally, Sunday night July 16th, since most people may opt to come the night before, as well as, on Thursday night, for those who wish to stay after the Crossing and want to leave, next day, on Friday.


Program and Schedule

Sunday, 16 July—Pre-seminar lodging, informal gathering (optional).

Monday, 17 July:

  • Early Morning: Hike (optional)
  • Morning: Registration and intro to Climate Change and its impact on security.
  • Afternoon: Survey of the regional and international Environmental Laws: UN, EU, and case study of some key states (USA, China, India).
  • Evening: Welcoming reception

  Tuesday, 18 July:

  • Early Morning: Hike (optional)
  • Morning: Critical lectures/panel on the topic of Climate Justice, and the rights of global citizens, "Climate Finance": Donner and recipient countries

--a monumental agenda.

Afternoon: Round-tables/Working sessions

Wednesday, 19 July:

  • Early Morning: Hike (optional)
  • Morning: Conclusion, recap, and proactive action and measures
  • Afternoon: Rafting Trip
  • Evening: Giving of certificates, reception, plus dinner at premises and music

Thursday, 20 July: Vikos Gorge crossing (optional)


Registration Fees

The cost of attending the seminar, including 4 days of lodging and full meals plus side activities of hiking and rafting, and local transportation: 680 Euros per person for the 4 days (170 EUR per day), and for students and youth (under 35), 580 Euros (145 EUR per day). Note, this mountain seminar is also intended as a family and group events where side activities and workshop attendance are optional.


Financial assistance for a limited number of attendees are sponsored. To qualify, the applicant must be a student, or participating from a developing country, or with limited income. The assistance will be in terms of waiving the conference 4- day attendance, meals and lodging fee. To apply please email: with your request, please attach a CV and a 200-word essay on why the seminar will be helpful to you and what can be your experience or interaction that would make the event a success.

The fee will be inclusive of:

Lodging for 4 nights + conference facilities + transportation (within Vitsa):

Meals for 4 days (with a new dining location per day): Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

  1. To include water and soft drinks with each meal + two coffee breaks per day + 2 receptions
  2. All meals to include a vegetarian option
  3. Rafting + transportation
  4. Vikos Crossing + transportation (including a sandwich lunch)
  5. Lodging additional nights (optional Sunday night and Thursday night)

The CUNCR will also provide free of charge the presentation material, and the needed transportation within Epirus and Vitsa, as well as pick up and drop off to Ioannina (city/lake/airport).

Interested! How to apply:

If you are a scholar, international lawyer, practitioner, or expert in the field, we encourage you to include a topic you are interested to present or to be included in a workshop topic. To do this with your booking, please submit a 200-word abstract of your presentation (to be reviewed for selection) and email to: .

If you are new to the topic or want to learn more about climate change, the facts and figures, and what it means to our planet, climate justice, as well as our rights and obligations as global citizens, then we strongly encourage you to attend. The morning sessions are generally intended to be informational and the afternoon workshops are optional. Not only do you gain knowledge, but you are in for a great nature experience, and networking opportunity with like-minded individuals.

To register, or find out more, please email:

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