CONFERENCE – Global Climate Change Policy Without the United States: Thinking the Unthinkable; Yale

Global Climate Change Policy Without the United States: Thinking the Unthinkable

Yale Law School | 127 Wall Street | New Haven, CT 06511
November 9-10, 2012

Lawmakers, diplomats, and academics have traditionally discussed global climate change policy on the assumption that U.S. participation is necessary to achieve meaningful success – an understandable view given the substantial share of annual and historic greenhouse gas emissions that are attributable to the United States. Yet, for the better part of two decades, confusion and fracture in the U.S. position on climate change policy have complicated development of a robust international regime.

Please join us November 9-10 for a conversation with leading experts from a variety of disciplines to consider possibilities for global progress on climate change without the leadership and participation of the United States. Professor Sir Robert Watson, chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) from 1997 to 2002, will give the opening keynote address on Friday, November 9, and Ambassador Stuart Beck, Permanent Mission of Palau to the United Nations, will give the lunch keynote on Saturday, November 10.

The full conference agenda, along with speaker biographies, is available at Registration is available online at For more information, please contact Susanne Stahl at

The conference is co-sponsored by the Oscar M. Ruebhausen Fund at Yale Law School, the Yale Climate & Energy Institute, and the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy.