Lawyers are powerful advocates, champions and gatekeepers. How can lawyers leverage their skills to accelerate a just transition and move towards a new economic paradigm underpinned by a legal framework that works for all stakeholders?

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Moderated by Keya Advani, interm Executive Director of GAIL and Michael Ryland, Secretary, GAIL, with:

Detailed speaker bios included below

What does a just transition mean and why must lawyers play a crucial role in working towards it? 

Carolina Henrique-Schmitz, Director of TrustLaw, opens this discussion fittingly by emphasising that collaboration across the sector and consideration of geographic differences are key to achieving a just transition. 

Cliff Prior CBE, CEO of The Global Steering Group for Impact Investing, provides an inspiring overview of the global actions the GSG is taking, while highlighting the need for lawyers and investors to act now in the face of rapidly accelerating climate change. 

Marcel Fukuyama, Head of Global Policy, and Holly Ensign-Barstow, Director of Stakeholder Governance and Policy, speaking for B Lab Global, outline the game-changing B Corp structure and the role of the B Corp community as a forceful voice reimagining economic paradigms. 

Dr Natasha Matic, Executive Director, and Randall Krantz, Director of Strategy, of the Global Commons Alliance Accountability Accelerator, speak of the need to challenge corporate inaction on corporate climate commitments and to mobilise funding for grant-making to organisations working on the ground. 

Matthew Gingell, Founder, and Becky Clissmann, Managing Director, of The Chancery Lane Project emphasise the crucial need to incorporate net zero commitments into contracts, noting that the just transition “is not just a job for environmental lawyers – it is a job for all lawyers”.