Global Governance Institute


Climate Change and the Voiceless

13 January 2020, 6:15 pm–7:30 pm


How can we change the law to protect future generations, wildlife, and natural resources, the most vulnerable to global climate change?

This event is free.

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Room G.03
26 Bedford Way
United Kingdom

Future generations, wildlife, and natural resources – collectively referred to as “the voiceless” in this presentation – are the most vulnerable and least equipped populations to protect themselves from the impacts of global climate change. Domestic and international law protections are beginning to recognize rights and responsibilities that apply to the voiceless community; however, these legal developments have yet to be pursued in a collective manner and have not been considered together in the context of climate change and climate justice. This presentation first identifies the common vulnerabilities of the voiceless in the Anthropocene era. It then proposes how the law can evolve to protect their interests more effectively through a stewardship-focused and rights-based system derived from the mandate inherent in the concept of sustainable development.

This presentation is drawn from Prof Abate's book titled 'Climate Change and the Voiceless: Protecting Future Generations, Wildlife, and Natural Resources', published by Cambridge University Press in October 2019. Flyer and book discount available here.

About the Speaker

Prof Randall Abate

Randall S. Abate is the inaugural Rechnitz Family / Urban Coast Institute Endowed Chair in Marine and Environmental Law and Policy, and a Professor in the Department of Political Science and Sociology, at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey. He teaches courses in domestic and international environmental law, constitutional law, and animal law. Professor Abate joined the Monmouth faculty in 2018 with 24 years of full-time law teaching experience at six U.S. law schools. He has taught international and comparative law courses—and delivered invited lectures—on environmental and animal law topics in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, the Cayman Islands, China, Colombia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, the Netherlands, Norway, Qatar, Serbia. South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and Vanuatu. More about Prof Randall Abate