Symposium: Energy, Climate Disruption and Sea Level Rise:New Directions in Law and Policy

Posted on: 02/19/2014

On February 6 & 7, 2014, NSU’s Shepard Broad Law Center organized a two-day symposium “Energy, Climate Disruption and Sea Level Rise: New Directions in Law and Policy.” This was the third annual symposium. Prior symposiums have focused on hot button issues as legal representation of children in cases of neglect and abuse and veterans and active duty personnel with PTSD.  The environmental symposium focused on the legal and policy issues raised by climate disruption and sea level rise. Ongoing disruption of the world’s climate that has begun to cause significant changes in physical and social patterns in many regions of the globe. Low lying areas with large amounts of coastline—such as the state of Florida—are particularly threatened by current and future sea level rise, intense storms, and high tide events. These emerging realities raise a number of difficult legal issues and they present immense challenges to policy-makers at all levels,  with respect to both the ways that electrical energy is generated for human use and the shape and application of public policies regarding land use, development and pollution prevention.

This symposium featured expert presenters from across the United States—with significant representation from Florida—who described current (and possible future) Florida and federal regulation of energy as it is related to the impact of climatic shifts.  Scientists  provided background on the causes and projected physical and social impacts of climate disruption.  Over 80 people attended this event such as attorneys who advise local, state and federal government agencies, landowners, insurance companies, industrial clients and non-governmental organizations, policy-makers, academics from several disciplines, and interest group advocates.

Presenters pictured from left to right:

Mona Hymel, Arthur W. Andrews Professor of Law, James E. Rogers College of Law, The University of Arizona

Victor B. Flatt, J.D., Thomas F. and Elizabeth Taft Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law, University of North Carolina School of Law

David M. Driesen, M.Mus, J.D., University Professor, Syracuse University College of Law

Joel A. Mintz, J.D., LL.M., J.S.D., Professor of Law,Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center

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