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Climate Justice: A Transatlantic Dialogue

September 18, 2023, 2:00 pm5:30 pm EDT


Climate change remains one of the greatest threats facing our planet. And yet, its impacts are not experienced equally across the globe. Internationally, developing countries are among the most vulnerable to the effects of a drastically warming climate. Domestically, climate change disproportionately affects poor and marginalized communities, and exacerbates inequitable social conditions. In light of this reality, there have been growing calls for policymakers to consider the ethical, social, racial, and intergenerational dimensions of the climate problem.

This concept—broadly referred to as climate justice—calls for the just division and equitable distribution of the responsibilities to address climate change, and the burdens of mitigating its impacts. As policymakers, advocates, and other stakeholders increasingly search for innovative solutions to address disparities in climate impacts, there is tremendous value in bringing together stakeholders from different jurisdictions to share their experiences and perspectives.

At this event, panels of experts will discuss progress, opportunities and challenges in advancing climate justice at international, federal and subnational levels.




2:00 PM Opening remarks by Carsten Rüpke

2:05 PM — Keynote address by Jennifer Morgan

2:25 PM — Remarks by Rob Bonta

2:30 PM — Panel 1: Climate Justice in International Law


3:25 — 3:40 PM


3:40 PM — Keynote address by Ali Zaidi

4:00 PM — Panel 2: Climate Justice in the United States and Germany


5:30 PM — Networking reception (drinks and light refreshments to be served)



Ali Zaidi, Assistant to the President & National Climate Advisor, White House Office of Domestic Climate Policy

Jennifer Morgan, State Secretary and Special Envoy for International Climate Action, Federal Foreign Office of Germany; Former Executive Director, Greenpeace International



Carsten Rüpke, Deputy Consul, Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany

Rob Bonta, Attorney General, State of California



Adriana Espinoza, Deputy Commissioner, Equity and Justice, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

César Rodríguez-Garavito, Professor of Clinical Law, NYU School of Law; Chair, Center for Human Rights and Global Justice

Julia Olson, Executive Director & Chief Legal Counsel, Our Children’s Trust

Kevin Chand, Legal Advisor, Permanent Mission of Vanuatu to the United Nations

Klaus Mindrup, Member, Parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany (2013 – 2021); Chairman, Energiedialog 2050

Marianne Engelman Lado, Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Environmental Justice and External Civil Rights, US Environmental Protection Agency



Bryce Rudyk, Director of International Environmental Law, Guarini Center; Adjunct Professor of Law, NYU School of Law

Katrina Wyman, Faculty Director, Guarini Center; Wilf Family Professor of Property Law, NYU School of Law



This event has been approved for 3 New York State CLE credits in the category of Areas of Professional Practice. The credit is both transitional and non-transitional; it is appropriate for both experienced and newly admitted attorneys.


NYU School of Law is an accredited provider of CLE in New York State. If you are seeking CLE credit for a different state, we recommend you consult with your state’s CLE Board to ascertain regulations on reciprocity.



This event is co-sponsored by the Guarini Center on Environmental, Energy and Land Use Law at New York University School of Law, the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, and the John Brademas Center of New York University, and is made possible through the generous support of the Transatlantic Climate Bridge. We are grateful for the additional assistance of NYU Abu Dhabi.




We’re proud to be a part of Climate Week NYC, an impactful gathering of minds dedicated to global climate action. As an event partner, we’re committed to driving positive change and fostering a healthier future for all. Join us in this crucial journey.


September 18, 2023
2:00 pm – 5:30 pm EDT
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Guarini Center on Environmental, Energy and Land Use Law
Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany
John Brademas Center of New York University


NYU School of Law, Greenberg Lounge
40 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012 United States
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