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