2019 Request for Proposals

Global Climate Justice: 2019 New Directions in Environmental Law Conference

The New Directions in Environmental Law Conference (NDEL) is an annual conference jointly hosted by Yale Law School (YLS), the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (F&ES), and the Yale Environmental Law Association (YELA). This year’s conference will take place at Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies on Friday and Saturday, March 1 and 2, 2019.

“NDEL 2019: Global Climate Justice” will explore the power imbalances across and within  countries that climate change exacerbates. Those who have contributed the least to global emissions are the first and most severely affected, and they should have a central voice in finding solutions. 

Thematic Sessions

We are looking for proposals for thematic focused panels with local and international experts and community members. These sessions will be held in smaller classrooms to encourage conversation and interaction between speakers and the audience.

Session proposals will be accepted on one or more of the following themes and content areas. Cross-cutting panels are encouraged. Successful proposals will include a law or policy component and will feature diverse speakers in terms of backgrounds, perspective and gender. Session organizers are encouraged to describe how their panelists will critically engage each other, central ideas and problems in their field, and the conference themes broadly.

  • Climate loss, damage and reparations
  • Climate adaptation and resilience
  • Unintended consequences of climate policies
  • Defend the defenders: Climate activism and legal defense
  • Gender and climate change
  • Climate change and food security
  • Just transitions
  • Equitable access to clean energy
  • Youth and future generations/inter-generational justice
  • Warming oceans: health and social impacts
  • Rethinking national territories: Impacts of climate change on sovereignty

All sessions should be 65 minutes in length. For your reference, the conference agenda for 2018 is located here.

To submit a proposal, please fill out the entry form and add any additional information to ndel@yale.edu by November 30, 2018.  

We encourage community-based organizations to apply.

Individual Speakers

Proposals for individual speakers are also accepted on the following themes:

  • Comparative climate change litigation and innovative law and policy strategies
  • Climate-induced displacement and migration
  • Indigenous peoples, sovereignty and climate change
  • International climate negotiations and regimes

Proposals can be submitted by filling out the entry form.  Questions can be directed to ndel@yale.edu and to Anna Carcamo, Program Chair, at anna.carcamo@yale.edu.

Successful proposals will be notified in late December/early January. All successful proposals will be given a budget for panelist/speaker travel reimbursement.

 We are looking forward to receiving your submissions!