Climate Change Adaptation: Climate Contracting & Policy Interventions in South Asia

GAIL regional event, hosted by GAIL Asia Pacific

The IPCC report highlights South Asia’s particular vulnerabilities to extreme temperatures and weather patterns and we have seen this bear out through the tragic flooding in Pakistan and other environmental disasters across the region. The IPCC’s 6th Assessment Report  has noted rising temperatures increase the likelihood of the threat of heatwaves across Asia, droughts in arid and semiarid areas of West, Central and South Asia, delays and weakening of the monsoon circulation in South Asia, floods in monsoon regions in South, Southeast and East Asia, and glacier melting in the Hindu Kush Himalaya region. The Assessment Report has also emphasized the role of stronger mitigation policies and the need for education, capacity building and the closing of knowledge gaps. 

In this context, lawyers have a role to play in shaping future climate laws, engaging in the drafting of climate clauses and advancing the incorporation of climate change considerations in contracts and other non-legislative formats. 

This virtual session will examine the role of cross-border legal policy interventions in South Asia to facilitate climate change adaptation. It will focus on concrete steps that lawyers can take to upskill themselves and encompass climate change considerations within their legal practice. And it will provide law students, lawyers and legal practitioners at any stage in their careers with practical examples of how lawyers across Asia have leveraged their skills to bring climate considerations into legal contracts.

The workshop will include information about The Chancery Lane Project (TCLP), a collaborative initiative of international lawyers creating contractual clauses to enable solutions to climate change, and will provide information about for lawyers across South Asia to become involved in adapting climate clauses for use in their respective jurisdictions. 

The objectives of the session are to: 

(1) introduce climate contracting in the South Asian context; 

(2) bring South Asian legal expertise into the conversation around climate contracting including through lawyers in the region and allied regional bodies; 

(3) showcase what others in the APAC region have done to provide a template or map for processes that could be replicated in South Asia;  

(4) to facilitate the creation of a TCLP clause transpositions team in Pakistan

The virtual session will be followed by an in-person session in Lahore to facilitate the transposition of climate clauses in Pakistan, sponsored by AFMalik Law (Lahore).

  • Moderator: Dr. Ammara Farooq Malik | Founding Principal Attorney, AFMalik Law- Attorneys & International Development Consultants and Chair, GAIL Asia Pacific.  Ammara is a Pakistani corporate and impact lawyer, international social entrepreneur and international development expert with over 23 years of professional experience across various multidisciplinary sectors such as academia, law, social entrepreneurship, international development, gender and green infrastructure development.
  • Brian Tang | Executive Director, LITE Lab@HKU. Brian W Tang is executive director of LITE Lab@HKU, University of Hong Kong’s new interdisciplinary and experiential programme to foster law, innovation, technology and entrepreneurship (LITE) led by the Faculty of Law in conjunction with the Department of Computer Science.
  • Humzah Khan | Programme Manager, The Chancery Lane Project. Humzah is Programme Manager at The Chancery Lane Project, the largest global network of lawyers and business leaders using the power of climate contracting to deliver fast and fair decarbonisation.
  • Izabella Koziell | Deputy Director General, ICIMOD. Izabella Koziell has over thirty years’ experience in climate, environment and development, working with NGOs, donors, international organizations and governments, in a variety of leadership positions in policy, programme delivery and research, and across multiple geographies. In 2021, she took up the role of Deputy Director General of the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), a regional organisation working to tackle transboundary challenges of the Hindu Kush Himalayan region including climate change, water scarcity, biodiversity loss, and land and ecosystem degradation

This event will be in English.


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