Workshop on Climate Change and Global Justice

On 11 and 12 May, a workshop on climate change and global justice was staged in Tübingen.

Workshop participants

Workshop participants in Tübingen on 11 May.

What does climate change entail theoretically? There is a vital academic debate on the subject of climate justice. But how does the existing debate relate to GLOBUS’ three conceptions of global justice? And how does this, in turn, connect to EU policies? 

Following project coordinator Helene Sjursen's (ARENA, Oslo) welcoming remarks and Thomas Diez' (University of Tubingen) introduction on why climate justice matters in the EU context, Franz von Lucke (University of Tübingen) presented the first paper of the workshop. Asking ‘O justice, where art thou’, he mapped out the main debates on climate justice and discussed how the GLOBUS conceptions of justice as non-dominance, impartiality, and mutual recognition relate to these debates.  

Helene Sjursen
Helene Sjursen presenting the GLOBUS framework in Tübingen on 11 May. 

Thomas Diez followed with his six dimensions of climate justice, expanding on the initial GLOBUS framework.

After lunch, Sadhbh O’Neill (University College Dublin) asked: Can carbon markets discharge moral duties? Solveig Aamodt (ARENA and CICERO, Oslo) analyzed the cooperation between the so-called BASIC countries in international climate negotiations, while Bettina Ahrens (University of Tübingen) presented a paper entitled 'The solidarisation of international society – the EU in the global climate change regime'. Katja Biedenkopf (University of Leuven) presented a paper on the role of the French presidency in mediating the Paris Agreement. 

Day two continued with GLOBUS project member Ivor Sarakinsky's (Wits University) paper on EU and South Africa renewable energy cooperation. Alexa Zellentin (University College Dublin) provided a normative perspective with her paper 'New insights into the normative significance of historical emissions through the lens of three conceptions of climate justice'. 

Marco Borraccetti (University of Bologna), in his paper 'Environment, global justice and human beings', linked environmental disasters, global justice, and migration. Annika Styczynski (O. P. Jindal Global University) concluded the wokshop with a paper on India's climate justice debate. 

Solveig Aamodt
Solveig Aamodt presenting her paper 'Understanding the BASICs – Explaining cooperation among large developing countries in international climate negotiations'


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Published May 12, 2017 10:25 AM - Last modified Mar. 23, 2018 10:28 AM