After two days of workshops and side events focused on teaching and research, the 12th IUCNAEL Colloquium opened officially Wednesday with remarks and greetings from a number of IUCN officials, academic hosts, and local and international dignitaries.  Participants then moved on to the individual breakout sessions that will fill much of the rest of the week.  With energy as the overall organizing theme, and sustainable development as a subtext, attendees are offered a rich array of panels and presentations, covering important aspects of energy production, use and control. 

Pace is well-represented at the conference by faculty, students and alumni.  In  addition to Professors Cassuto, Ottinger, Powers and Rabago, the Pace delegation includes John Bowie, JD’14, and Cayleigh Eckhart, JD’15.  Also in attendance are alums Elaine Hsiao, LLM’10, who gave a presentation in the session on Universal Energy Access, Environmental Governance, and Democratic Participation;  and Widener Professor Jim May, LLM’91, and University of Witwatersrand Professor Tumai Murombo, LLM’06, who joined research panels on hydraulic fracking.  Other Pace representatives, including NYU (Abu Dhabi) Professor Shakeel Kazmi, SJD’12, are scheduled in the next two days.

We are also happy to have time to connect with  former Environmental Program Director Lee Paddock, now at George Washington, and former Energy and Climate Center Director Jamie Van Nostrand, LLM’11, currently at West Virginia University.

Read the abstracts, papers, and presentations from the IUCNAEL Colloquium.

Pictured: Dean Emeritus Richard Ottinger and John Bowie presented a paper on “Innovative Financing for Renewable Energy.”