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This presentation gives an overview of the attempts to fit existing law to climate change, in both the mitigation and adaptation contexts, explaining why none of the legal strategies attempted so far is an adequate response to climate change. It ends by suggesting that we need to re-frame how we think about the climate change problem in order to effectively and timely implement laws and policies for mitigation and adaptation.

Speaker Bio

Robin Kundis Craig is the Attorneys’ Title Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Environmental Programs at the Florida State University College of Law. She specializes in all things water, including the Clean Water Act, coastal water pollution, the intersection of water issues and land issues, marine biodiversity and marine protected areas, and water law. Professor Craig is the author of The Clean Water Act and the Constitution (ELI 2004; 2nd Ed. ELI 2009) and Environmental Law in Context (Thomson/West 2005; 2nd Ed. 2008), plus over 40 law review articles and book chapters, many of these address ocean issues. She is working to complete Comparative Ocean Governance: Placed-Based Protections in an Era of Climate Change (Edward Elgar Publishing: forthcoming 2011/2012). In addition, Professor Craig is serving on her third National Research Council committee addressing water quality in the Mississippi River watershed and Gulf of Mexico hypoxia. Professor Craig also serves as Chair of the American Bar Association’s Marine Resources Committee.

Funding provided by the Climate Program Office, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration to the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute.
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