Join us for the third dispute resolution forum! Do you think you heard enough of renewables? Join our first webinar and think again: both the design of the support schemes and the jurisprudence are constantly changing. The second webinar takes us to the battle field. Can litigation save us from the imminent catastrophe of climate change and prove once and for all that states are responsible for climate hazards? Beyond the court system, shareholders and financing institutions lead their own battle to ensure that businesses stop contributing to the climate crisis. Our third dispute resolution forum is an entirely online event – and our third webinar will focus on a hot topic: the virtual unreality of dispute resolution.
Not only the climate is changing, but also the law around it. For years now, lawyers have been fighting to prove the existence of a constitutional responsibility for climate change hazards. Why do we need the courts to establish the boundaries of the constitutional right and ensure the government takes actions that stay within those boundaries? At the same time, in the private sector, bottom-up initiatives lead to increasingly more timely and accurate disclosure of climate risks. Last but not least, money remains power: international financing institutions have their own way to impose climate-related standards.
Moderator: Smaranda Miron, Energy Lawyer
Climate change in the court room: the constitutional responsibility of the state for climate change hazards, Phil Gregory, Gregory Law Group
Corporate governance and disclosure of climate-related risks: Vesselina Haralampieva, EBRD
Shareholder Pressure and Firms’ Disclosure of Climate Change Risks – Caroline Flammer, Boston University
1 March 2021: Speakers of Webinar 2
Caroline Flammer is an Associate Professor and Dean’s Research Scholar at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business. Her research interests are in competitive strategy at the intersection of corporate governance, impact investing, corporate social responsibility, climate change, and innovation. Caroline has published in leading academic journals (Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Financial Economics, Management Science, and Strategic Management Journal), and is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards. She serves as Associate Editor for both the Strategic Management Journal and Management Science, and is on the editorial board of the Academy of Management Journal. Caroline also serves as Chair of the Academic Advisory Committee of the United Nations’ Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). At Boston University, she serves as the Academic Director of both the Social Impact MBA program and the university-wide Minor in Sustainable Energy.
Phil Gregory has a complex business and environmental litigation practice with the Gregory Law Group, in Redwood City, CA. Since 2010, Phil has been actively involved with Our Children’s Trust on a pro bono basis. Phil serves as co-lead counsel in the kids’ constitutional climate case, Juliana v. United States. His published decisions include: Bair, et al. v. Cal. State Dep't of Transp. (N.D. Cal. 2012); and Lotus, et al. v. Department of Transportation, et al. (2014). Among Phil’s pro bono cases are being part of the trial team concerning the flooding during Hurricane Katrina; and an injunction to save cohoo salmon in the Smith River. In 1976, Phil obtained his B.A. from Bowdoin College, graduating magna cum laude in two majors. In 1980, Phil obtained his J.D. and M.B.A. from Santa Clara University. Phil continues to serve as Judge Pro Tem for the Santa Clara County Superior Court and mediator for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Phil is a Bencher and former past President with the Hon. William Ingram American Inn of Court. He is a Fellow with the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and a member with the American Board of Trial Advocates. Phil has been a Super Lawyer since 2007 and holds the highest rating (A+) from Martindale-Hubbell.
Vesselina Haralampieva is a Senior Counsel at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London, U.K. Ms. Haralampieva leads policy and legal reform projects focused on promoting green energy and sustainable development in the EBRD region. She advises EBRD banking departments, private, and public sector clients on matters relating to energy and climate law and policy, sustainable governance and regulation. Ms. Haralampieva is leading innovative projects with investee companies aimed at enhancing their governance, disclosure and management of climate-related risks and opportunities. Vesselina is a member of the Working Group on Climate Change to the Law Society of England and Wales. Ms. Haralampieva has worked for over 11 years at EBRD in different capacities. Before joining EBRD, she worked at international and not-for-profit organizations, the Harvard University Berkman Klein Center, and law firms in Sofia and Washington, D.C. Ms. Haralampieva is admitted to practice as a solicitor in England & Wales and as a lawyer in Bulgaria. She holds law degrees from Harvard Law School (LL.M.) and Sofia University (MA and LL.B., summa cum laude).