An International Lawyer and the Anthropocene. Environmental Lunchtime Discussion

What are the international law implications of the Anthropocene? For this lunch discussion we have invited Research Professor Davor Vidas, a member of the Anthropocene Working Group of the International Commission on Stratigraphy.

Aerial view of small settlement by the sea in Alaska

Shaktoolik, Alaska. One of many settlements severely threatened by climate change.

Photo: Walter Holt Rose/Wikimedia commons

Implications of the Anthropocene

The Anthropocene is a concept that has spread rapidly in recent years. Initially an informal scientific term proposed in the early 2000s, the Anthropocene is currently shaped through two closely interrelated meanings. First, it concerns a scientific hypothesis, now under scrutiny within stratigraphy, about the onset of a new epoch in the geological history of the Earth due to the human imprint. Relatedly, the Anthropocene is a new way of understanding the human role and the implications of our actions for the world we live in and its future. Are there any international law implications of this development?

Illustration of Maritime Jurisdiction Zones
Illustrasjon: TALOS Manual 2014, International Hydrographic Bureau

Davor Vidas is a Research Professor at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute, and the Chair of the Committee on International Law and Sea Level Rise at the International Law Association. Vidas is a member of the Anthropocene Working Group of the International Commission on Stratigraphy.

About the event

The OSEH Environmental Lunchtime Discussion series consists of short, 10-15 minute presentations by invited guests, followed by a discussion. We will invite speakers from a wide variety of fields, both academic and beyond. The presentations are accessible and are aimed at anyone with an interest in environmental issues. All are welcome, please feel free to bring your own lunch. Coffee will be served.

Tags: Environmental Humanities, HF, IKOS, OSEH, Climate Change, Environment
Published Sep. 18, 2019 11:46 AM - Last modified Sep. 19, 2019 10:54 AM