ACCEL Conferences, Seminars and Other Events


  • ACCEL 2016 Conference: 'The Legal Implications of the Paris Agreement' - program and registration - 11 February 2016 - the Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law (ACCEL) will present three keynote speakers who will be visitors to ACCEL in 2016 – Professor Richard Stewart (NYU School of Law), Professor Jonathan Verschuuren (Tilburg Law School) and Advocate Mr Roger Cox who mounted the litigation in Urgenda Foundation v The State of the Netherlands.


  • Distinguished Speaker Series: Climate Disaster Law: What is Australia's Scorecard? - 26 November 2015. Presented by Professor Rosemary Lyster, Sydney Law School.
  • ACCEL 2015 Distinguished Speaker address 12 November 2015: Howard Kunreuther, James G. Dinan Professor; Professor of Decision Sciences and Business and Public Policy at the Wharton School, and co-director of the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center.
    Who Should Compensate the Victims of Climate Disasters?: The Role of Insurance
    This talk characterizes the challenges that consumers, insurers and the government face in dealing with insurance for low-probability high-consequence events. Given their limited experience with catastrophes, there is a tendency for all three stakeholders to engage in short-term intuitive thinking rather than long-term deliberative thinking when making insurance-related decisions. Public-private partnerships can encourage investment in protective measures prior to a disaster, deal with affordability problems and provide coverage for catastrophic risks. Insurance premiums based on risk provide signals to residents and business as to the hazards they face and enable insurers to lower premiums for properties where steps have been taken to reduce their risk. The talk will also discuss the role that insurance can play in addressing the climate change problem and propose a public-private partnership for dealing with the flood risk that could be applied to other extreme events in Australia and the United States. Event flyer | Registration
  • Distinguished Speaker Series: Storm Warnings: 21st Century Challenges for the Law of the Sea - 5 November 2015. Presented by Professor Tim Stephens, Sydney Law School


  • IUCN World Parks Congress - Mock International Case on Marine Issues on 18 November 2014: As part of the World Parks Congress been held at Sydney Olympic Park in November the Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law at the Sydney Law School and the University of Sydney Institute of Marine Science are conducting a mock case on marine issues. Based on a hypothetical request for an Advisory Opinion from the ICJ, the case will examine the legal and scientific issues concerning the protection of the world's most iconic reefs from human-induced climate change and ocean acidification. The case will be heard by Justice Nicola Pain (NSW Land and Environment Court), Justice Rachel Pepper (NSW Land and Environment Court) and Associate Professor Tim Stephens (Sydney Law School). The advocates will be senior students from the Sydney Law School (Elizabeth Pearson, Eric Shi and John Tsaousidis) and expert evidence will be given by Dr Paul Marshall (University of Queensland), a leading expert in applied conservation science and a specialist on the impacts of climate change on coral reefs. Register
  • Rapid Response Seminar: The Judgment in the Whaling in the Antarctic Case on 3 April 2014: On 31 March the International Court of Justice will hand down its eagerly awaited judgment in the Whaling in the Antarctic case between Australia and Japan. The decision carries major significance for Australia and Japan and the international regulation of whaling. This rapid response seminar led by two international legal experts on whaling and fisheries issues will review the background to the case, the key conclusions reached in the Court's judgment, and the implications of the case for the International Whaling Commission. Event details
  • 2014 IPCC Fifth Assessment Report - Sydney Ideas Forum on 1 April 2014: The second component of the Fifth Assessment Report of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is set to be one of the most significant climate change publications for 2014. Covering impacts, adaptation and vulnerability, this report holds particular significance as it includes an Australian focused chapter. The Sydney Environment Institute (SEI) and the Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law (ACCEL) have collaborated to present a landmark Sydney Ideas event that brings together the nation's leading experts to discuss the implications of this publication. Event details


  • Climate Change: Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters More information (5 December 2013)
  • Coal Seam Gas, Coal Mining, and Environmental Justice in NSW - A Sydney Ideas Forum. More information (2 May 2013)