Emmett Institute on Climate Change & the Environment

Human Rights and Climate Change: Lunchtime Discussion with Daniel Magraw

International human rights expert Daniel Magraw will discuss the relationship between climate change and human rights, including ensuring a just transition for workers disadvantaged by climate change mitigation efforts as a matter of environmental justice.

Ambitious government action on climate change promises transformative change in major sectors of the global economy in coming years, with significant effects on people, including workers. At the same time, climate change itself affects human rights through its transformation of the physical environment and related stress on vulnerable populations.

In a lunchtime talk on Wednesday, January 31, Daniel Magraw, president emeritus of the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) and a member of the Johns Hopkins faculty, will discuss the emerging relationship between human rights and climate change. 

In 2015, the Paris Agreement on climate change became the first multilateral environmental agreement of any kind to reference human rights, explicitly recognizing that efforts to deal with climate change must respect human rights and provide a just transition for workers impacted by climate policies. Prof. Magraw will describe how advocates and negotiators struggled to include the human rights terms and what the Paris Agreement's human rights language entails for governments and people.

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Daniel Magraw is president emeritus of the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) and professorial lecturer and senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He has worked in government, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), inter-governmental organizations, business and academia.  He serves as a consultant to the United Nations regarding human rights, environment, water and investment law; and he was counsel in the Inuit climate change petition to the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights and to the Republic of the Maldives in connection with the MalĂ© Declaration on the Human Dimension of Climate Change.