Geoengineering, or climate engineering, is the deliberate and large-scale intervention in the Earth’s natural systems to counteract climate change. Geoengineering is highly controversial: the proposals of removing CO2 emissions on a massive scale or managing solar radiation are advocated as a necessary add-on to conventional mitigation approaches, on the one hand, and are criticised due to their side effects to the environment and society, on the other hand. Is there an international legal framework governing geoengineering? Who is going to govern the research and deployment of geoengineering? What would be the role of geoengineering in international climate policy? This seminar will provide you with an up-to-date discussion on the research and deployment of geoengineering from the perspective of international law and governance.
About the Speaker:
Dr. Haomiao Du is a post-doctoral researcher at the Law Faculty of Utrecht University, where she serves as the legal expert in an interdisciplinary research group on climate change and sustainability. Prior to her current position, she worked at Twente University, the Netherlands, and Sun Yat-sen University, China. She was also an intern at the Department of Legal Affairs of the secretariat of the UNFCCC in Bonn, Germany.
Haomiao holds a PhD degree in International Environmental Law from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Based on her PhD research, she published her monograph entitled An International Legal Framework for Geoengineering – Managing the Risks of an Emerging Technology with Routledge. She is interested in legal and governance issues associated with climate mitigation and adaptation, especially the role of law in regulating and governing novel solutions in response to climate change and its impacts.