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Reminder About Upcoming ABA SCEL Conference in London, UK

As a liaison to the ABA Standing Committee on Environmental Law, I would like to remind everyone of our upcoming conference in London, UK: “Navigating the New Green Economy: The Challenges of Climate Change and the Opportunities for Clean Energy”.  The conference takes place at the London School of Economics, May 23-24, 2011.  I will be moderating a panel on energy efficiency.  Here is a description of our conference:

London is the place to be this year. And this unique international conference, offered by three premier organizations to coincide with President Obama’s state visit to London, will provide a high-level forum to discuss the intersection of climate change policy and politics, and the incentives, economics, and finance for clean energy. The program will allow participants to interact with government and industry leaders, academic scholars, and finance and legal experts from the European Union, the United Kingdom and the United States. 

Our Keynote speakers are Lord Anthony Giddens, member of the House of Lords and author of The Politics of Climate Change, and Lisa Heinzerling, former Assistant Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a key architect of U.S. climate change policy. Also featured are speakers from:

  • U.S. Senate staff
  • UK Department of Energy and Climate Change
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
  • Center for International Environmental Law
  • Law International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development
  • International Emissions Trading Association
  • Low Carbon Research Institute
  • And some of the leading international law firms and universities.

Learn the latest developments and go beyond how to navigate the complexities of policy and regulations to a sophisticated exploration of the enormous opportunities available in a global green economy.

Topics will include:

  • Financing a sustainable reduced-carbon future
  • Regulations and incentives in emerging green technologies
  • Energy efficiency
  • Carbon marketplaces
  • Renewable energy subsidies and trade
  • Technology transfer
  • REDD – Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation.

London is the place to see this year. The conference will coincide with the high season in London, starting with the Chelsea Flower Show, one of the world’s most beautiful floral displays (tickets are still available – act soon!). Individuals and families will enjoy the sights and sounds of one of this year’s most energized cities, and one of Europe’s leading financial centers for the new green economy. Lawyers, consultants, company and government representatives, academics and non-profits will want to attend this special interdisciplinary conference to make new connections and build future relationships.

And finally, the feeRegistrations received by May 13 will qualify for a 10% discount. The conference fee, including a first day lunch and evening reception as well as course materials, is £595 for general attendance, with a discounted rate of £440  for UKELA members, £295 for government, non-profit and academic participants, and £150 for students. For attendees from North America, general attendance is $795, with a discounted rate of $595 for ABA members, $395 for government, non-profit and academic participants, and $195 for students. Sponsorship opportunities also are available.

Please plan to join us for this important event. Space is limited, and early registration is advisable. This program has been submitted for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) accreditation in the United States, and CPD Points 8.5 hours TBC. Accredited by the Bar Standards Board of England and Wales and the Law Society of England and Wales. Forms and course materials will be available on-site. To register or for more information, please contact Elissa Lichtenstein at the ABA,, 202-662-1695 or Peter Hsiao at Morrison & Foerster, LLP,, 213-892-5731.

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