The Leonard v.B. Sutton Colloquium—48th annual Conference on International Law


Myres S. McDougal Distinguished Lecture

October 10th, 2015

Sustainable Development and Sustainable Energy

As a guiding international law principle with significant normative value, Sustainable Development has capture the world’s attention. The Sustainable Development Goals, which the United Nations General Assembly will adopt at the current session, include ending poverty, protecting the p[lanet, enabling access to sustainable energy and ensuring prosperity for all. The SDGs succed the Millennium Development Goals, which were adopted in 2000 and are due to expire at the end of 2015.
Governments from both developed and developing countries, the private sector, civil society, and individuals, must undertake concerted cooperative efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
This year’s Leonard v.B Sutton Colloquium brings together leading experts to discuss the challenges the international community will face in realizing the Sustainable Development Goals, especial sustainable energy.

8:30-9:30am Registration & BreakfastFirst Floor Corridor

Welcome from Dean Martin KatzRoom 165

9:45am-11:15am—(1.5 hrs of instruction)—Room 165

Panel I—Sustainable Energy for All

Around 2.8 billion people globally, also known as the “Other Third” or “Energy Poor,” have little or no access to beneficial energy that meets their needs for cooking, heating, water, sanitation, illumination, transportation, or basic mechanical power. The recently published book: Energy and Poverty: The Emerging Contours (2015) uniquely integrates the hitherto segmented and fragmented approaches to the challenge of access to energy. It provides theoretical, philosophical, and practical analysis of energy for the low energy (non-hydrocarbon based) Other Third of the world, and how the unmet needs of the energy poor might be satisfied. This panel will feature presentations by some authors, and others, based on chapters of the book that address the theme of Sustainable Energy For All (SE4All).

Moderator: Professor Lakshman Guruswamy, Nicolas Doman Professor of Law, International Energy Programs GWC, University of Colorado Boulder

Ved Nanda, Evans University Professor and Thomson Marsh Professor of Law, University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, Director, Ved Nanda Center for International & Comparative Law, Sustainable Development and Sustainable Energy

Julia Alvarez, Executive Director, Elephant Energy, Marketing ASETs in Africa

Stephen Katsaros, CEO, Nokero, Lighting for All

Carla Fredericks, Professor, University of Colorado Boulder, Energy for Indigenous Peoples

Break—Outside Room 165
11:30am-12:45—(1.5 hrs of instruction)—Room 165

Panel II—Unconventional Gas and Sustainable Development

In recent decades the concept of sustainability or sustainable development has transformed decision-making in both the public and private sector at the local, national and global level. Since its emergence in Our Common Future in 1987 and the Rio Declaration in 1992 we have felt its impact in every aspect of human endeavor. Little more than a decade after the emergence of sustainable development, the processes of unconventional oil and gas exploitation began to transform the world economy, rendering irrelevant traditional energy thinking and unleashing a host of new problems and potential opportunities. What is the relationship between these two significant developments in the recent past? Can unconventional gas development fit into the sustainable development framework? How should we think about unconventional gas – locally, nationally or globally – through the lens of sustainability?

Moderator: Professor Fred Cheever, Professor of Law and Director of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program, University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Atty Matt Sura, an oil and gas attorney specializing in the representation of land owners, mineral owners, and local governments.

Kathleen Staks, Colorado Department of Natural Resources

John Dernbach, Distinguished Professor of Law, Widener University Commonwealth Law and Director of the Environmental Law and Sustainability Center

1:00pm-1:15pm Break for Lunch—Pick up lunch outside Room 165
1:15pm-2:15pm—(1.0 hr of instruction)—Room 165

Myles S. McDougal Distinguished Lecture—Global Energy Justice: The Jurisprudential Lineage

Dr. Lakshman D. Guruswamy will examine the extent to which Natural law, Islamic jurisprudence, Buddhist, and Communitarian philosophies contained principles of justice that were embodied in laws governing different civilizations around the world. He will argue that these principles of justice should be applied to the energy poor of the world who lack access to clean energy.

2:30pm- 3:45pm—(1.5 hrs of instruction)—Room 165

Panel IIITensions in the Sustainable Energy Sphere and Community Solutions

Energy is fundamental to provide a country with economic opportunities and a high quality of life for its peoples. However, the Macondo well blow-out illustrates some of the risks of developing energy sources. Even renewable energy sources, which do not involve explosive risks or produce emissions or toxic wastes, have met with resistance because of aesthetic, religious, or cultural concerns. This panel will explore some of the tensions involved in developing energy resources and community solutions to promoting those that are culturally acceptable as well as sustainable.

Moderator: K.K. DuVivier, University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Jacqueline Weaver, University of Houston Law Center

Troy Rule, Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law

Kristi Disney, Sustainable Development Strategies Group

3:45pm-4:15pm—(1.5 hrs of instruction)—Room 165

Plenary Session