Innovative Session VIII

Thursday, 9 September 2021

10:30 – 12:00 CEST

Edge of the Anthropocene: a view from the Antipodes – Asia-Pacific Earth System Law Cocktail Evening Event

Convener: Genevieve Quirk, Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security

Dr. Tim Cadman, Griffith University
Dr. Andrea Simonelli, Virginia Commonwealth University; Adaptation Strategies International (ASI)
Emille Boulot, McGill University
Alice Bleby, University of New South Wales
Genevieve Quirk, Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security

Earth System Law is emerging as a transformative discipline premised on the perspective that the earth, as a system, has intrinsic rights and humans, intrinsic responsibilities. This cocktail event aims to give voice to scholars from the Antipodes on Earth-centered perceptions of the law. Each speaker provides new insights into the transformative role law can play in the Anthropocene for the relationship between humans and the planetary systems of the biosphere.
The format is inspired by the forthcoming book Earth System Law: Standing at the Precipice of the Anthropocene. Editors Dr Tim Cadman and Dr. Andrea Simonelli, bookend the event identifying the novel prospects and challenges for Earth System Law arising from the book collaboration. Three emerging scholars tackle the book’s main themes on the analytical, normative, and transformative dimensions of Earth System Law.
To catalyse the conversation, attendees are encouraged to bring their favourite locally made or sustainable cocktail beverage of choice (or morning coffee, depending on your time zone). During Q&A, we would like you to introduce your drink (as well as yourself) and explain its origins.

• Dr. Tim Cadman: Introduction to Earth System Law: Standing at the Precipice of the Anthropocene
• Emille Boulot: The ontology and analytical dimensions of Earth System Law
• Alice Bleby: Shaping the normative contours of the Anthropocene through Earth System Law
• Genevieve Quirk: Transformative pathways for Earth System Law architecture
• Dr. Andrea Simonelli: Lessons from Earth System Law: Beyond the Precipice of the Anthropocene

Dr. Timothy Cadman BA (Hons) MA (Cantab) PhD (Utas) Grad. Cert. Theol. (CSU) specialises in the governance of sustainable development, environmental politics and policy, climate change, natural resource management including forestry, responsible investment and institutional performance. He is a Research Fellow at Griffith University, Australia, and a Senior Research Fellow with the Taskforce on Earth System Law.

Dr. Andrea C. Simonelli is an Assistant Professor of Human Security at Virginia Commonwealth University and Founder of Adaptation Strategies International (ASI). She holds a M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Louisiana State University, and is a former attendee of the United Nations University Environment and Human Security Programme Summer Academy and Oxford’s Refugee Studies Centre Summer School in Forced Migration. Her research investigates the governance implications of climate-induced migration as well as the relationship between governance, adaptation, and human security on Small Island developing states in the Indian Ocean and greater Pacific.

Alice Bleby is a Scientia PhD candidate at UNSW, researching rights of nature as a legal instrument for protecting the Earth in the Anthropocene. Alice holds a BA/LLB(Hons) (University of Melbourne) and a Masters of International and European Environmental Law (Aix-Marseille University, France). Alice has worked in government, politics and environmental advocacy, including leading the Climate Change Adaptation Policy team in the Victorian Government.

Emille Boulot is an Australian lawyer now pursuing a PhD in the Leadership for the Ecozoic project at McGill University. Her doctoral research investigates adaptive governance in the context of ecological restoration. She is a member of the Ecological Law and Governance Association and a research fellow with the Earth System Law Taskforce.

Genevieve Quirk – Global Challenges PhD candidate, Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security. Editorial Board Marine Policy, invited state practice contributor Asia Pacific Journal of Ocean Law and Policy, ESG Research Fellow and Earth System Law Taskforce, IUCN Commission Member, Visiting Scholar East-West Center, Member Australian delegation to the United Nations on SDG14 and BBNJ.