University of Surrey Institute of Advanced Studies

University of Surrey

Cultural Legitimacy and the International Law and Policy on Climate Change

21 June 2011

Surrey International Law Centre (SILC)

International Interdisciplinary Seminar

Venue: University of Surrey, Continuing Education Centre, Senate House (2nd floor)

The Surrey International Law Centre (SILC) invites you to a one-day international interdisciplinary seminar on cultural legitimacy and the international law and policy on climate change on 21 June 2011.

Climate change poses fundamental and varied challenges to all communities across the globe. The adaptation and mitigation strategies proposed by governments and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are likely to require radical and fundamental shifts in socio-political structures, technological and economic systems, organisational forms, and modes of regulation. The sheer volume of law and policy emanating from the international level makes it uncertain which type of regulatory or policy framework is likely to have a positive impact. The success or failure of proposed measures will depend on their acceptability within the local constituencies within which they are sought to be applied. Therefore there is an urgent need to better comprehend and theorise the role of cultural legitimacy in the choice and effectiveness of international legal and policy interventions aimed at tackling the impact of climate change.

The seminar will contribute to research on the international law and policy of climate change by focusing on the issue of cultural legitimacy. Beginning from the premise that legitimacy critiques of international climate change regulation have the capacity to positively influence policy trends and legal choices, the seminar will showcase innovative ideas from across the disciplines and investigate the link between the efficacy of international legal and policy mechanisms on climate change and cultural legitimacy or local acceptance.

Keynote speakers:

  • Mr Felix Dodds, Executive Director, Stakeholder Forum
  • Prof Michael Dorsey, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire
  • Prof Kirk Junker, University of Cologne
  • Prof Beth Savan, Director of Sustainability, University of Toronto
  • Programme

    This is a Provisional Programme and is subject to change. Please download the seminar programme here. For Programme at a Glance please visit our Programme web page


    For registration details, please visit the Registration page.

    Seminar organisers:

    Dr Thoko Kaime and Dr Regina Rauxloh , School of Law and Surrey International Law Centre, University of Surrey

    If you have any questions about the content of this seminar, please contact Dr Thoko Kaime (

    For administrative matters, please contact Ms Mirela Dumic (