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POSTPONED: After COP26. Progress and setbacks

UN CLimate Panell (postponed event)


Virtual Event


Wed 1 December 2021

*** This event has been postponed***


After COP26. Progress and setbacks.


About the event

The Environmental, Climate and Oceans Law Discussion Group (ECO Law Group) of Edinburgh Law School is proud to host a second event on COP26 to analyse this Conference's outcomes. Two leading experts examine the results of COP26. Chaired by Navraj Singh Ghaleigh, Senior Lecturer in Climate Law, Professors Cinnamon Carlarne and Marcelo Mena-Carrasco will discuss the advancements and setbacks in COP26 from the perspective of their disciplines, research agendas, and regions. Questions from the audience are welcomed as we explore what it would be the next steps for future negotiations.


Presenter: Navraj Singh Ghaleigh, Senior Climate Law Lecturer, University of Edinburgh. View speaker profile



Cinnamon Piñon Carlarne

Professor Cinnamon Piñon Carlarne is a leading expert in environmental law and climate change law and policy. Prior to joining the Moritz faculty, she was an assistant professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law.

From 2006-08, Professor Carlarne was the Harold Woods Research Fellow in Environmental Law at Wadham College, Oxford, where she was a member of the law faculty and the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies. She previously taught at the University of Cincinnati Center for Environmental Studies. Prior to that, she was an associate attorney in the Energy, Land Use, and Environment section at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in Washington, DC.

Her scholarly work includes a book on comparative climate change law and policy with Oxford University Press; a Foundation Press text on climate law with Dan Farber; the Oxford Handbook of International Climate Change Law; an extensive series of journal articles and book chapters exploring questions of domestic and international environmental law; and a textbook on Oceans and Human Health and Well-being. She is on the editorial board for Transnational Environmental Law (Cambridge University Press) and the academic advisory board for Climate Law (IOS Press).

View speaker profile on the Mortiz College of Law, Ohio State University website 

Marcelo Mena-Carrasco

Marcelo Mena is a scientist and professor turned activist and policymaker. He is the director of the Climate Action Center at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV). Previously he was the practice manager in climate research at the World Bank and the former vice minister and minister of the environment for Chile under President Bachelet from 2014 to 2018. He spearheaded multiple environmental initiatives such as taxes on new car sales and power generation based on local and global air pollution -- the first of their kinds globally. He helped craft a landmark agreement to phase out coal power generation, create 45 thousand square kilometers of national parks, protect 1.3 million square kilometers of ocean and institute the first national plastic bag ban in the Americas. 

At the World Bank, Mena helped create the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action, which includes 53 ministers that manage 2.9 trillion dollars a year in national budgets, or 10 percent of global GDP, contributed to the Action Plan on Climate Change Adaption and Resilience and helped design of the new phase of NDC Support Facility.

Mena earned his PhD in environmental engineering, focusing his research on estimating the externalities of biofuels, power generation, transportation and residential heating. He used his research to advocate for renewable energy and push for more stringent regulations to stop dirty coal power generation in Chile.

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This event is free an dopen to all but registration is required.





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