Sutton Colloquium

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The 2021 Sutton Colloquium will offer expert perspectives on the fast-paced, climate change-driven global transition to clean energy. The rapidly advancing transition will broadly impact law and legal professionals - the presenters in this Colloquium will address issues of interest and concern in three panel discussions to take place on three consecutive mornings, October 27, 28 and 29 from 7:30 – 8:45 am Mountain Time.

CLE credit pending | Agenda | Speaker Biographies

October 27
Session 1: Policy. Policy formulations, and the laws and regulations that emerge from them must be thoughtfully designed and implemented if the transition is to keep pace with the pressing need for greenhouse gas emission reductions. This panel will discuss current policies that should be modified or abandoned, those that should be continued or strengthened, and innovative new policy options and initiatives that governments are likely to consider or adopt.




October 28
Session 2: Capacity. Policy formulations and legal structures alone will not facilitate the energy transition unless the Financing and Development capacity to physically accomplish the transition exists. This panel will discuss the sources of and potential barriers to deploying the debt and equity financing that will be required for the energy system transformation. Both debt and equity investment in energy infrastructure are based on sound development principles and practices; this panel will also discuss the standards for and necessary skills associated with global and national development practices.




October 29
Session 3: Equity. It is essential that energy system change be carried out within a framework that considers the equity and justice aspects of the transition. Marginalized populations must not bear an undue share of the burdens of the transition, as is often the case in the current system, and the benefits of clean, inexpensive, and reliable energy must be made available to these populations in parallel with wealthier populations.





Held annually since 1967, the Colloquium unites students, faculty and members of Denver’s legal community. Well-known authorities and foreign dignitaries present lectures and panel discussions on current international issues. The resulting papers are then collected into a special issue of the Denver Journal of International Law and Policy. As is the case with most of the ILSP’s programming, student members of the International Law Society and Denver Journal of International Law and Policy collaborate with staff of the ILSP and the Ved Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law to coordinate all aspects of the program—from speaker invitations to publication of the papers.

The Ved Nanda Center for International & Comparative Law was established in 2006 thanks to the vision and generosity of Douglas Scrivner and other donors. The mission of the Nanda Center is supported by the strength and talent of the Nanda Center Board, the Sturm College of Law, and its dedicated donors. For more information about the Nanda Center and upcoming programs and events, visit .

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