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Global Warming Gridlock, with speaker David Victor and the World Affairs Council

Event Date: 
Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Event Location: 
Washington Hall
153 14th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
United States

Speaker: David Victor, Professor, School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, and Director, Laboratory on International Law and Regulation, University of California, San Diego

Note: There will be an opportunity for a brief reception for attendees to meet each other and the speaker in advance of the program, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Although the science shows that global warming is becoming an even bigger concern for the US and the world, international policy to moderate climate change has stalled. International diplomacy on this challenge has continued for the last twenty years, but so far little has been achieved. What could be done to make these efforts more effective? How are individual countries’ national interests and capabilities taken into consideration when creating international agreements? What can the United States do that would be helpful? As the world’s largest emitter of warming pollution, what is the role for China in these conversations? This is an issue that seems so large-scale that it is difficult for individuals to grasp how they can really make a difference. What can local communities do to impact and support international climate change laws?

The World Affairs Council presents a conversation with David Victor, professor at the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at the University of California, San Diego and director of the School’s new Laboratory on International Law and Regulation. Victor will discuss how to make international law on global warming more effective by encouraging bottom-up initiatives at national, regional and global levels, leveraging national self-interest rather than wishful thinking.

He is the author of Global Warming Gridlock: Creating More Effective Strategies for Protecting the Planet, a book that explains why the world hasn’t made much diplomatic progress on the problem of climate change while also exploring new strategies that would be more effective. Victor’s research focuses on how the design of regulatory law affects issues such as environmental pollution and the operation of major energy markets. Prior to joining the faculty at UCSD, Victor served as director of the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development at Stanford University where he was also a professor at Stanford Law School. At Stanford he built a research program that focused on the energy markets of the major emerging countries—mainly Brazil, China, India, Mexico and South Africa. Earlier in his career he also directed the science and technology program at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, where he directed the Council’s task force on energy and was senior adviser to the task force on climate change. At Stanford and the Council he examined ways to improve management of the nation’s $50 billion strategic oil reserve, strategies for advancing research and regulation of technologies needed for “geoengineering,” and a wide array of other topics related to technological innovation and the impact of innovation on economic growth.

Tickets are $10 for students/members or $15 for non-members.
Register online here

Book sales and signing will be available after the event, provided by Elliott Bay Book Company.


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Washington Hall
153 14th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
United States