Categories: Roundtable

Lodewijk Smeehuijzen


Forests, climate change and the law: recent trends in carbon offset and land regulation


A roundtable with:


Dr Justine Bendel – Marie Curie Fellow at the Centre for International Law and Governance, University of Copenhagen

Dr Giedre Jokubauskaite – Senior Lecturer, School of Law, University of Glasgow

Dr Clemens Kaupa – Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, VU Amsterdam


Monday 5 September, 14.00-15.45

Room NU-3A65 (New University Building)


What does transnational law create when ‘it enters the forest’?


As the Paris Agreement has entered the phase of implementation, states and companies are increasingly adopting ‘Net Zero’ emission reduction pledges and strategies. These often rely on credits representing carbon dioxide stored in forests from projects financed to avoid deforestation or promote afforestation. Actors make use of such credits by claiming compensations of their actual greenhouse gas emissions.


As demand for these projects is growing, forests and lands are gaining new value, while states and stakeholders are reshaping national and transnational regulatory frameworks to accommodate market demands and the need to ensure sustainability.


In this roundtable, three experts from different legal fields will share the outcomes of their respective research on forests, land and climate change. The conversation will also explore how law shapes some dynamics of objectification and abstraction of forests, their ecosystems and livelihoods.


All are welcome to attend and participate in the Q&A after the roundtable.