Responses to Climate Harm: An Appraisal of Insurance Schemes

Friday, November 22, 2019 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
University of Waterloo - Environment 3 building (EV3 1408), 200 University Avenue West, Waterloo, Canada
Public Event: CIGI Sponsored
Nov 22
Heavy flooding in Samutprakarn, near Bangkok, Thailand (Shutterstock)
Heavy flooding in Samutprakarn, near Bangkok, Thailand (Shutterstock)

**Please note, the location of this lecture is University of Waterloo - Environment 3 building (EV3 1408), located at 200 University Ave West, Waterloo. Please see the following link for information on parking at the University of Waterloo:**

This presentation critically examines insurance schemes and the challenges presented by common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities, intergenerational equity, economic and gender inequality, and human mobility. The analysis concludes that, despite their popularity among policy makers, insurance schemes seem ill-suited to address the full range of loss and damage. Without backstopping from international finance, insurance schemes for loss and damage are misaligned with the spirit of the international climate change regime and might undermine the objective of responding to loss and damage in a comprehensive manner.

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Event Speakers

Beatriz Martinez Romera is an Assistant Professor of Environmental and Climate Change Law at the Center for International Law, Conflict and Crisis (CILCC), where she is involved in environmental and climate change research. Her PhD thesis focused on the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from international aviation and maritime transport. She has a keen interest in the international climate negotiations, and the regulatory processes at the International Civil Aviation Organization and the International Maritime Organization, as well as the developments at the EU level.

A human rights lawyer by training, Linnéa Nordlander holds an LLM in International Human Rights Law (Lund University) and an LLB in English Law (University of Dundee). Prior to joining the University of Copenhagen, she worked at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in Lund, Sweden. During her time at the RWI she worked with human rights research and other assistance in direct engagement projects.  Linnéa's main areas of interest in the law lie in international law, climate change and the law, and human rights law, with a particular interest in the interaction of climate change and human rights. Her PhD project centres on the meaning of the loss and damage provision of the Paris Agreement and it's legal implications.