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Peter Lawrence

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Dr Lawrence poses the question: what ethical obligations are on the current generation to take action on climate change and how do we balance those obligations to mitigate emissions with regard to future generations?

Where ethics, justice and climate change meet

He says that while the Paris climate agreement represented a triumph of diplomacy, it relies on individual voluntary pledges from countries to reduce their emissions, and these are insufficient. This means that - absent a radical change in direction - current generations will breach their ethical obligations towards future generations to ensure protection of their basic human rights.,

'Fairness remains also crucial in an international sense in that wealthy countries need to address the structural inequalities in the global economic system in order to build trust with developing countries and move towards a shared responsibility for future generations.

'My research focuses on both justice related issues of the Paris agreement but also institutional options for representation of future generations - including through international climate litigation and also in the form of a possible UN Commissioner for Future Generations,' Dr Lawrence said.

'If democracy rests on the theory that anybody affected by decisions should have a say in those decisions, how on earth do you apply that to future generations? They can't directly express a voice, so they can only do it through some sort of proxy.'

'We have International Human Rights institutions which remind governments of their obligations and there are good arguments for comparable institutions representing future generations because their interests are neglected. Policy-making on climate change is an example of that,' said Dr Lawrence.

Dr Lawrence comes out of a career diplomat background, but says he is now more interested in the theory in areas where we need to try to forge a common understanding on what's a fair deal.  He also emphasised the importance of multidisciplinary approaches to climate change.

'I recently co-convened with Jan Linehan an international conference Imagining a different future: overcoming barriers to climate justice (https://www.climatejustice.network/).  The Conference - which brought together more than 80 presenters from more than 15 countries -  examined the role of ethics and justice against an international backdrop of rising nationalism and dominance of neo-liberalism thinking.  The conference speakers looked at ethics, hope and despair, climate justice, intergenerational justice, and how abstract notions of climate justice can be translated into concrete policies, governance structures, and laws. The Conference programme focussed strongly on a systematic analysis of barriers to action on climate change, ranging from structural barriers through to social and human psychology, and the role of the media.  The conference incorporated a strong arts and music program, and involved a community engagement program linking up with climate activist and community groups.'  The conference is set to be the springboard for further multidisciplinary ventures on climate change at the University of Tasmania Dr Lawrence added.

Dr Peter Lawrence is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Tasmania (UTAS) Law School where he teaches international law and supervises the University of Tasmania Law Review. Peter is interested in the interface between ethics, justice, climate change and international law. His interests include both substantive and procedural justice, includinghow national and international institutions which purport to represent future generations can be justified in terms of legitimacy. Peter is a co-convener of the Climate Justice Network which brings together researchers working on various aspects of climate justice with community activists. He is also a Senior Research Fellow of the Earth System Governance (ESG) Project, the world's largest social research network in governance and environmental change.

Biography

Prior to joining UTAS, Peter worked for the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (1989-2004) Canberra which included working as the First Secretary for the Australian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva (1996-1999). This included leading Australian delegations negotiating environment agreements and chairing a contact group which produced the first rolling text of the optional protocol to the UN Convention against torture.   In 2013 Peter successfully defended his PhD at the University of Tilburg in the Netherlands. He published Justice for Future Generations, Climate Change and International Law (Edward Elgar Press, 2014). Peter has been an active member of the European Science foundation network on Human Rights to a Green future coordinated by the University of Utrecht Ethics Institute and was a visiting fellow at this Institute in 2016. Peter has made presentations in recent years at the University of Oxford, the University of Kobe Japan, ANU, Monash University, University of Sydney Law School, the University of Utrecht (Ethics Institute, Law Faculty, Middleburg Roosevelt College), Tilburg University Law Faculty, Oaxaca Mexico ESG Conference (2019), Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University and Columbia Law School, New York. Peter co-founded (with Jan Linehan) the Climate Justice Network (CJN) in 2017 which ran the conference “Imagining a different future: overcoming barriers to climate Justice” in February 2018. The CJN ran a series of events in 2019 related to institutions for future generations. Peter is a contributor to the Oxford Handbook on International Environmental Law and is one of the cofounding scientific coordinators of the Task Force on Earth System Law.

Peter - with his PhD student, Nicky van Dijk - is currently working on a research project with colleagues at the Munich School of Philosophy, Germany, on 'Representation of future generations: the global legal order and climate change (extend to end of 2023).

Peter can be seen performing Owen Davies' climate change songs on YouTube: see: It's Getting Hot, The Fracking Song and Ski Dubai

Career summary

Qualifications

DegreeTitle of ThesisUniversityCountryAwarded
PhD University of TilburgThe Netherlands2013
LLM London School of Economics and Political ScienceUnited Kingdom1988
LLB University of New South WalesAustralia1984
BA (Hons)HistoryUniversity of New South WalesAustralia1981

Teaching

International law, international environmental law, Jessup moot, law review, climate Law, current issues in environmental law.

Teaching expertise

Peter's teaching expertise centres around international law, mooting and the University of Tasmania Law Review (UTLR).

Teaching responsibility

Teaching and coordination role:

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Expertise

Climate justice and ethics (particularly intergenerational justice - eg what ethical obligations do we owe future generations in relation to climate change and how should these ethical obligations be reflected in international law obligations and institutions?

International environmental law - including issues relating to effectiveness and legitimacy of global treaties addressing environmental issues.

Building global and national institutions which represent the interests of future generations (e.g. proposed UN commissioner for future generations).

Research Themes

Peter's research relates to the UTAS theme of Environment, Resources and Sustainability.

Fields of Research

  • Environmental law (480203)
  • International criminal law (480306)
  • Public law (480799)
  • International humanitarian and human rights law (480307)
  • Access to justice (480501)
  • Law reform (480406)
  • Human rights and justice issues (excl. law) (500104)
  • Environmental assessment and monitoring (410402)
  • Australian history (430302)
  • Other law and legal studies (489999)
  • Environmental philosophy (500304)
  • Architectural science and technology (330105)
  • Environment and resource economics (380105)
  • Legal theory, jurisprudence and legal interpretation (480410)

Research Objectives

  • Justice and the law (230499)
  • Environmental policy, legislation and standards (190299)
  • Expanding knowledge in law and legal studies (280117)
  • Law reform (230405)
  • Civil justice (230401)
  • Community services (230199)
  • Climate change mitigation strategies (190301)
  • Social impacts of climate change and variability (190103)
  • Effects of climate change on New Zealand (excl. social impacts) (190505)
  • Legal processes (230406)
  • Effects of climate change on Antarctic and sub-Antarctic environments (excl. social impacts) (190503)
  • Public services policy advice and analysis (230204)
  • Expanding knowledge in human society (280123)
  • Effects of climate change on Australia (excl. social impacts) (190504)

Publications

Total publications

61

Highlighted publications

(5 outputs)
YearTypeCitationAltmetrics
2019Journal ArticleLawrence P, Reder M, 'Equity and the Paris Agreement: legal and philosophical perspectives', Journal of Environmental Law, 31, (3) pp. 511-531. ISSN 1464-374X (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1093/jel/eqz017 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 1

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2018Journal ArticleLawrence P, Kohler L, 'Representation of future generations through international climate litigation: a normative framework', German Yearbook of International Law, 60 pp. 639-666. ISSN 0344-3094 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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2017Journal ArticleGogarty B, Lawrence P, 'The ICJ Whaling Case: missed opportunity to advance the rule of law in resolving science-related disputes in global commons?', Heidelberg Journal of International Law, 77, (1) pp. 165-195. ISSN 0044-2348 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Gogarty B

2017Journal ArticleLawrence P, Wong D, 'Soft law in the Paris Climate Agreement: strength or weakness?', Review of European, Comparative & International Environmental Law, 26, (3) pp. 276-286. ISSN 2050-0394 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/reel.12210 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 10Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: Wong D

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2014BookLawrence PM, 'Justice For Future Generations: Climate Change and International Law', Edward Elgar Publishing, United Kingdom, pp. 256. ISBN 9780857934154 (2014) [Authored Research Book]

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Journal Article

(19 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2019Lawrence P, Reder M, 'Equity and the Paris Agreement: legal and philosophical perspectives', Journal of Environmental Law, 31, (3) pp. 511-531. ISSN 1464-374X (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1093/jel/eqz017 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 1

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2018Lawrence P, Kohler L, 'Representation of future generations through international climate litigation: a normative framework', German Yearbook of International Law, 60 pp. 639-666. ISSN 0344-3094 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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2018van Dijk N, Linehan J, Lawrence P, 'Introduction to the Special Issue: Imagining a Different Future, Overcoming Barriers to Climate Justice', The University of Tasmania Law Review, 37, (2) pp. 1-24. ISSN 0082-2108 (2018) [Non Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Linehan J

2018van Dijk N, Linehan J, Lawrence P, 'Introduction to the special issue: Imagining a Different Future, Overcoming Barriers to Climate Justice', The University of Tasmania Law Review, 37, (2) pp. 1-24. ISSN 0082-2108 (2018) [Non Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Linehan J

2017Byrnes R, Lawrence P, 'Bringing diplomacy into the classroom: stimulating student engagement through a simulated treaty negotiation', Legal Education Review, 26, (1) pp. 20-46. ISSN 1033-2839 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Byrnes R

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2017Gogarty B, Lawrence P, 'The ICJ Whaling Case: missed opportunity to advance the rule of law in resolving science-related disputes in global commons?', Heidelberg Journal of International Law, 77, (1) pp. 165-195. ISSN 0044-2348 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Gogarty B

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2017Lawrence P, Wong D, 'Soft law in the Paris Climate Agreement: strength or weakness?', Review of European, Comparative & International Environmental Law, 26, (3) pp. 276-286. ISSN 2050-0394 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/reel.12210 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 10Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: Wong D

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2015Byrnes R, Lawrence P, 'Can 'Soft Law' Solve 'Hard Problems'? Justice, Legal Form and the Durban-Mandated Climate Negotiations', University of Tasmania Law Review, 34, (1) pp. 34-67. ISSN 0082-2108 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Byrnes R

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2015Gogarty B, Lawrence P, 'The ICJ Whaling Case Science, transparency and the rule of law', Journal of Law and Information Science, 23, (2) pp. 134-160. ISSN 0729-1485 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Gogarty B

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2014Lawrence PM, 'Justice for future generations', Nederlands Juristenblad, 88 pp. online. (2014) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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2009Lawrence P, 'Australian climate policy and the Asia Pacific partnership on clean development and climate (APP). From Howard to Rudd: continuity or change?', International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, 9, (3) pp. 281-299. ISSN 1573-1553 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10784-009-9102-1 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 24Web of Science - 17

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2008Lawrence PM, 'APEC Promises a Roar and Delivers a Whimper: The Sydney Declaration on Climate and Energy', Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law, 11, (1 & 2) pp. 29-50. ISSN 1385-2140 (2008) [Refereed Article]

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Citations: Scopus - 2

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2007Lawrence PM, 'The Asia Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate (AP6): A Distraction to the Kyoto Process or a Viable Alternative?', Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law, 10, (3&4) pp. 183-210. ISSN 1385-2140 (2007) [Refereed Article]

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Citations: Scopus - 15

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1998Lawrence PM, 'Negotiation of a protocol on liability and compensation for damage resulting from transboundary movements of hazardous wastes and their disposal', Review of European Community & International Environmental Law, 7, (3) pp. 249-255. ISSN 0962-8797 (1998) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/1467-9388.00156 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4

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1998Lawrence PM, Van Hoogstraten D, 'Protecting the South Pacific from Hazardous and Nuclear wastes dumping: the Waigani Convention'', Review of European Community & International Environmental Law (RECIEL), 7, (3) pp. 268-273. ISSN 0952-8873 (1998) [Refereed Article]

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1994Lawrence PM, 'Regional Strategies for the Implementation of Environmental Conventions: Lessons from the South Pacific?', Australian Yearbook of International Law, 15 pp. 203-229. ISSN 0084-7658 (1994) [Non Refereed Article]

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1992Lawrence PM, 'Recent Amendments to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer: Establishment of a Fund to Facilitate Technology Transfer', Journal of Environmental Law, 4, (1) pp. 15-27. ISSN 0952-8873 (1992) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1093/jel/4.1.15 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 3

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1992Lawrence PM, 'Australian accession brings hazardous wastes convention into force', Australian Environmental Law News, (June) pp. 25-26. ISSN 1445-405X (1992) [Refereed Article]

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1990Lawrence PM, 'International Legal Regulation for Protection of the Ozone Layer: Some problems of implementation', Journal of Environmental Law, 2, (1) pp. 17-52. ISSN 0952-8873 (1990) [Refereed Article]

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Book

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2014Lawrence PM, 'Justice For Future Generations: Climate Change and International Law', Edward Elgar Publishing, United Kingdom, pp. 256. ISBN 9780857934154 (2014) [Authored Research Book]

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1983Lawrence PM, 'Australian Opinion on the Indo-Chinese-Refugee Influx 1975-79', Griffith University Press, Brisbane, pp. 100. (1983) [Authored Other Book]

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Chapter in Book

(9 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2021Lawrence P, 'International institutions to represent future generations in the Anthropocene and democratic legitimacy', Intergenerational Equity in Sustainable Development Treaty Implementation, Cambridge University Press, Szabo M and Cordonier Segger MC (ed), United Kingdom (In Press) [Research Book Chapter]

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2020Lawrence P, 'Global Guardians for Future Generations: Remedying a Blind Spot of Democracy?', Politik der Zukunft: Zukunftige Generationen als Leerstelle der Demokratie, De Gruyter, N Tamoudi, S Faets and M Reder (ed), Germany, pp. 191-211. ISBN 9783837649871 (2020) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.14361/9783839449875 [eCite] [Details]

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2019Lawrence P, 'Representation of future generations', Routledge Handbook of Global Sustainability Governance, Routledge, A Kalfagianni, D Fuchs and A Hayden (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 88-99. ISBN 9781138048287 (2019) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.4324/9781315170237-8 [eCite] [Details]

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2018Forrest HA, Lawrence P, 'Intergenerational justice: a framework for addressing intellectual property rights and climate change', Intellectual Property and Clean Energy: The Paris Agreement and Climate Justice, Springer-Verlag, M Rimmer (ed), Switzerland ISBN 9789811321542 (2018) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1007/978-981-13-2155-9_6 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Forrest HA

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2016Lawrence P, 'Justice and choice of legal instrument under the Durban mandate: Ideal and not so ideal legal form', Climate Justice in a Non-Ideal World, Oxford University Press, D Roser and C Heyward (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 125-147. ISBN 9780198744047 (2016) [Research Book Chapter]

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2016Lawrence P, 'An atmospheric trust to protect the environment for future generations? Reform options for human rights law', Human Rights and Sustainability, Routledge, G Bos and M Duwell (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 25-39. ISBN 9781138957107 (2016) [Research Book Chapter]

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2012Lawrence P, 'Justice for future generations: environment discourses, international law and climate change', Environmental Discourses in Public and International Law, Cambridge University Press, B Jessup and K Rubenstein (ed), Cambridge, pp. 23-46. ISBN 978-1-107-01942-3 (2012) [Research Book Chapter]

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1997Lawrence PM, Behrens JM, Reicher H, 'the environment', Cases and Materials on International Law in Australia, Butterworths, H. Reicher (ed), United Kingdom (1997) [Research Book Chapter]

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1993Lawrence PM, 'Why Lithuania? A Case Study of Active and Passive Collaboration in Mass Murder in a Lithuanian Village 1941', Why Germany? National Socialism and Anti-Semitism in the European Context, Berg Press, J. Milfull (ed), United Kingdom (1993) [Research Book Chapter]

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Review

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Lawrence P, 'Book review: 'The Fragmentation of Global Climate Governance: Consequences and Management of Regime Interactions'', Transnational Environmental Law, 5, (2) pp. 451-455. ISSN 2047-1025 (2016) [Review Single Work]

DOI: 10.1017/S2047102516000273 [eCite] [Details]

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2014Lawrence PM, 'Australian Climate Law in Global Context, by Alexander Zahar, Jacqueline Peel and Lee Godden', Carbon and Climate Law Review, 3 pp. 229-231. ISSN 1864-9904 (2014) [Review Single Work]

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Conference Publication

(18 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2014Gogarty B, Lawrence PM, 'Conceptions and (mis)conceptions of science before international tribunals: ICJ Australia/Japan whaling case in context', 7th Polar Law Symposium, 28-31 October, IMAS, University of Tasmania, pp. 1-5. (2014) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Gogarty B

2014Lawrence PM, 'Trade and Environment: Tasks for the Negotiators of Future Inter presentation national Environmental Treaties', Proceedings of the 1991 International Law Weekend, Australian National University Centre for International and Public Law, 10-12 May, Canberra (2014) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2014Lawrence PM, 'Justice and choice of legal instrument under the Durban mandate: Ideal and not so ideal legal form' paper presented at Workshop', Climate Justice and Non-ideal Theory', University of Oxford, Oxford Martin Programme on Human Rights for Future Generations, 14th -15th January, Hobart (2014) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2014Lawrence PM, 'A transgenerational demos'? Climate treaty-making reform and procedural justice', The Oxford Martin Programme Conference How can institutional mechanism safeguard for tomorrow, today?', 21 October, Oxford University, (2014) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2013Lawrence PM, 'An atmospheric trust? International human rights law and the protection of the environment for future generations', Human Rights and Responsibilities regarding Future Generations, 14-16th October, The Netherlands (2013) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2011Lawrence PM, 'Human Rights, Future Generations and Climate Change', Smith Centre for Enterprise and the Environment, 26th May, University of Oxford (2011) [Keynote Presentation]

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2011Lawrence PM, 'Human Rights, Future Generations and Climate Change: new synergy or costly distraction', Designing just institutions for global climate governance, Australian National University (ANU),, 30th June, Canberra (2011) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2011Lawrence PM, 'Human Rights, Future Generations and Climate Change: Promise and Limits', Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law (ANZSIL) Conference, 24th June, Canberra (2011) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2011Lawrence PM, 'What do we owe the future? Climate change and Future Generations', Wilhelm-Merton-Centre for European Law and International Law, 11th May, Goethe University of Frankfurt (2011) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2009Lawrence PM, 'Intergenerational Equity, Environment Discourses and International Law: Time for Fresh Approaches', Australian National University (ANU) Centre for International and Public Law (CIPL), and the Australian Centre for Environmental Law (ACEL), 13-15th August, Canberra (2009) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2009Lawrence PM, 'Climate change: Law and Governance- issues for Tasmania', University of Tasmania (UTAS), Climate Change and Rural Tasmania, Forum, 5th June, Hobart (2009) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2008Lawrence PM, 'Generations X-Z: Reconfiguring International Law to Meet the Climate Change Challenge', London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) seminar program on public policy and philosophy, October, London (2008) [Keynote Presentation]

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2006Lawrence PM, 'The Asia Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate (AP6): a distraction to the Kyoto process or viable alternative?', Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law (ANZSIL), 29th June, Wellington, New Zealand (2006) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2004Lawrence PM, 'Farmers' Rights in International Law - Sparse Pickings?', Intellectual Property and Farmers Rights', Centre for Intellectual Property in Agriculture (ACIPA), 12th November, Canberra (2004) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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1992Lawrence PM, 'The Negotiation of Multilateral Treaties: Structure, Process and Product', Annual Australian Law Students Association Conference, 9th July, Canberra (1992) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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1992Lawrence PM, 'Implementation of the Climate Change Convention in the Pacific', Strengthening Environmental Legislation in the South Pacific Region, 23-27 November, Western Samoa (1992) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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1992Lawrence PM, 'Implementation of Environmental Conventions in the South Pacific: 'An Australian Perspective'', Australian Centre for Environmental Law, Apia, 23-27 November, Western Samoa (1992) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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1991Lawrence PM, 'Recent Amendments to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer: Establishment of a Fund to Facilitate Technology Transfer'', Our Common Future. Environmental Law and Policy Workshop, May 5th, Sydney (1991) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Entry

(3 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
1991Lawrence PM, 'East Timor', Encyclopaedia of Public International Law,, R. Bernhardt (ed), United States (1991) [Entry]

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1991Lawrence PM, 'Mekong River'', Encyclopaedia of Public International Law,, R. Bernhardt (ed), United States (1991) [Entry]

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1991Lawrence PM, 'Torres Strait', Encyclopaedia of Public International Law,, R. Bernhardt (ed), United States (1991) [Entry]

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Other Public Output

(8 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2020Lawrence P, 'Representing future generations through international climate litigation: from normative framework to practical strategies', Climate Justice Network, Hobart, Tasmania, 30 November (2020) [Magazine Article]

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2018Lawrence PM, 'They can't vote but they will pay for decisions', The Mercury, News Corporation, Hobart, Tasmania, 28 November 2018, p. 19. (2018) [Newspaper Article]

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2015Lawrence PM, 'Beyond Paris: Future Generations and Climate Justice', Elgar Blog, Edward Elgar Publishing BLOG, Australia, 22 Sept (2015) [Magazine Article]

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2014Lawrence PM, 'An atmospheric trust to protect the evironment for future generations? Reforming global human rights law', Future Justice, online (2014) [Magazine Article]

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2013Lawrence PM, 'Wereldwijd Klimaatverdrag blijft hard nodig ('Global Climate Treaty Urgently Needed)', Het Financieele Dagblad (Daily Financial News), Netherlands, 2nd Dec, p. 11. (2013) [Newspaper Article]

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2007Atkins KM, Coady DA, Crowley CM, Gale F, Henning T, et al., 'Academics lash Lennon 'ethics'', The Mercury, News Limited, Hobart, 24 March 2007 (2007) [Newspaper Article]

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Co-authors: Atkins KM; Coady DA; Crowley CM; Gale F; Henning T; Lockwood M; Malpas J; Snell RD; Stamm M; Stokes MD; Stratford E; Warner K; White RD

1991Lawrence PM, 'Treaty and MOU Guide (TAMOUG)', Australian International Development Assistance Bureau, Australian International Development Assistance Bureau, 1 (1991) [Report of Restricted Access]

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1991Lawrence PM, 'Montevideo program sets environmental law agenda', Environment: Australia's International Agenda, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade quarterly, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia, 2 (1991) [Magazine Article]

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

5

Total funding

$64,713

Projects

Representation of future generations: the global legal order and climate change (2020 - 2021)$25,000
Description
Future generations interests will be massively affected by climate change, and their interests can only be factored into contemporary processes through proxy representation. However, the concept of proxy representation has been relatively neglected by political philosophers. The proposed project would elaborate for the first time a theory of proxy representation. This would be embedded in a normative theory linked to concepts of democracy and justice. The normative framework would provide the rationale for representation of future generations. We would also explore whether representation of ecological systems is also justified from a normative point of view. The second part of the project would explore existing legal mechanisms for proxy representation with a view to making concrete proposals for representation of future generations at the international level. A series of case studies would explore the possibility for reforming international legal institutions, including through introduction of a UN commissioner for future generations, reform of the International Court of Justice rules to allow proxy representation, and South American human rights system climate litigation. Existing institutions include ombudsman, Commissioners for sustainability, guardianship, company law and parliamentary procedures. Project methodology would involve a combination of research in political philosophy, and international law and institutions.
Funding
Universities Australia / Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (German Academic Exchange Service) ($25,000)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Lawrence PM
Period
2020 - 2021
Developing Institutions for Future Generations in Climate Change Planning in Tasmania and Beyond (2018)$8,700
Description
The project involves organising a workshop and a public outreach event, with the twin aims of 1) initiating debate on whether Tasmania should introduce a commissioner for future generations or sustainability, and 2) developing an ARC grant proposal which would systematically assess the best model for proceeding in this area based on comparative analysis with experience in other jurisdictions.
Funding
University of Tasmania ($8,700)
Scheme
Grant-ERS Research Theme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Lawrence PM; Linehan J
Year
2018
Representation of future generations and international climate litigation (2016 - 2017)$10,398
Funding
Universities Australia / Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (German Academic Exchange Service) ($10,398)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Lawrence PM
Period
2016 - 2017
Australia and New Zealand Society of International Law Annual Conference, 23 June to 25 June 2011 - Canberra (May 2011) (2011)$625
Funding
University of Tasmania ($625)
Scheme
Grant-Conference Support Scheme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Lawrence PM
Year
2011
Developing a Cross-faculty Climate Change Focussed Research Centre at Utas (2009)$19,990
Funding
University of Tasmania ($19,990)
Scheme
Grant-Cross Theme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Hovenden MJ; Crowley CM; Nolan G; McNeil DL; Forbes LK; Hallegraeff GM; Lawrence PM; Wadsley AGW
Year
2009

Research Supervision

Current

2

Completed

7

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDRepresenting Future Generations in International Climate Law-making: Fairness, legitimacy and effectiveness2018
PhDThe Paris Agreement: Justice and effectiveness2019

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
PhDPrivate-Sector Engagement in Regional Fisheries Management Organisations to which Australia is a Party
Candidate: Elise Anne Murray
2020
MastersPost-Conflict Reconciliation in Sri Lanka: A sociolegal analysis
Candidate: Suddathcharige Manoj Madushanka Fernando
2019
PhDAustralias Legal Frameworks for Biodiversity Conservation: Facilitating adaptation in a rapidly changing world
Candidate: Phillipa Cathryn McCormack
2018
PhDThe Role of the No-Harm Rule in Governing Solar Radiation Management Geoengineering
Candidate: Kerryn Anne Brent
2017
PhDLegal Recognition of the Human Right to a Healthy Environment as a Tool for Environmental Protection in Australia: Useful, redundant, or dangerous?
Candidate: Mary Emily Good
2016
MastersThe Argentine Cases: A Shadow on ICSID Arbitration?
Candidate: Alice Ainslie Herbon
2009
MastersA Critical Analysis of EC - Biotech: The Panel's Approach to Other Rules of International Law and the Application of the SPS Agreement
Candidate: Bruce Newey
2009