Transatlantic Climate Change & Energy Law

Year Three: Oslo 2021

Each year the Transatlantic University Collaboration on Climate Change and Energy Law recognizes the student group that has written about and presented the best paper/presentation on a timely topic.  The 2021 winning group’s paper abstract read as follows: "This paper examines sustainable corporate governance reporting policies in the European Union (EU) and the United States (U.S.).  Corporate Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) reporting has gained momentum in recent years; this paper compares the mandatory reporting framework in the EU, the Non-Financial Reporting Directive, to the duty of care standard in the U.S.  The paper also considers recent developments in the European Parliament and Commission to institute a stronger directive on corporate due diligence as well as actions at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to clarify climate risk reporting requirements in annual financial disclosure statements.  The paper finds that current corporate sustainability reporting standards in both the EU and the U.S. are ineffective because of the voluntary, discretionary, unstandardized manner in which they have been implemented.”  The group then presented their paper’s findings in a “role play” presentation where group members played the parts of various key actors in illustrating the most important issues underlying the topic they had researched.

The members of the winning group are:
Catherine Boies, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Lauren Hudson, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Haylee Knight, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Gustav Fønss Schrøder, University of Copenhagen Faculty of Law
Nishant Sirohi, University of Oslo Faculty of Law
Caroline Zwingelstein, University of Oslo Faculty of Law

Sturm College of Law
University of Denver
2255 E. Evans Avenue
Denver, CO 80208