"Environmental Laws - flawed or fatal?" Professor Simon Molesworth AO, QC, Thursday 25th April (week 1), Seminar Room D, Law Faculty, St Cross building, 1-2pm


Abstract: It is increasingly apparent that amongst government administrations worldwide there is a failure to recognise the implications of climate change for sustaining cultural integrity. I argue that the almost invariable failure to sufficiently focus on cultural and societal values when explaining the impacts of climate change has led to a “disconnect” between the issues and the broader community worldwide, thus undermining the capacity to gain acceptance of necessary societal reforms


Professor Molesworth AO QC is currently chairman of the International National Trusts Organisation. As Chairman of INTO, Simon leads INTO’s work on Climate Change, and was INTO’s Head of Delegation to the UN’s UNFCCC COP15 in Copenhagen, COP16 in Cancun, COP17 in Durban and COP18 in Qatar. He is the author of The Victoria Declaration on the Implications for Cultural Sustainability of Climate Change and regularly speaks at international and national fora on topics as diverse as climate change, sustainability, renewable energy, environmental policy & law and heritage. He has a long and successful legal career in environmental law and policy in Australia and has received many awards in recognition of his contribution to the field. Since 2010 he has been an Adjunct Professor of La Trobe University’s La Trobe Institute for Social & Environmental Sustainability.


All University members welcome.


Sandwich lunch provided - RSVP Liz Fisher (liz.fisher@law.ox.ac.uk) including with any dietary requirements.