Climate Crisis and International Law

November 09, 2023

This presentation is co-sponsored by SFU's Department of World Languages and Literatures, Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies, Department of French, School for International Studies, Gender Sexuality and Women's Studies, David Lam Centre, Department of Philosophy, Cassidy Centre for Educational Justice, and School of Criminology. 

Are you worried about the effects of climate change? Do you wonder what can be done about it from an international legal perspective? If you do, please join us to hear from one of the most brilliant legal minds of our time, Payam Akhavan, who currently serves as Counsel to the Commission of Small Island States on Climate Change and International Law.


Payam Akhavan is the inaugural holder of the Massey Chair in Human Rights at the University of Toronto. He is member of the Permanent Court of Arbi- tration at the Hague and Special Advisor on Genocide to the Prosecutor of the Inter- national Criminal Court. His extensive experience includes serving with the UN investigating atrocities in conflict zones and defending genocide survivors through- out the world. He serves as Special Advi- sor to the Prosecutor-General of Ukraine on international crimes arising from the 2022 Russian invasion. He is Senior Advi- sor to the Ministry of Global Affairs.Speaker