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Global Justice Post-2015 Conference Videos

Below are videos from the recent Global Justice Post-2015 Conference held at Yale University, from October 30th to November 1st. The conference was co-hosted by ASAP, the Yale Global Justice Program (GJP), and Global Financial Integrity. Special thanks to Yale GJP Fellow Alexandre Sayegh for filming the videos.


Global Justice Post-2015 Conference Begins Oct 30th

ASAP is working with the Yale Global Justice Program and Global Financial Integrity to co-host the conference entitled \”Global Justice Post-2015\” from October 30th to November 1st. Read more about the conference here. The program is available here.


James Hansen: Climate, Energy, Development, Human Health, and Global Justice

Dr. James Hansen, Director of the Climate Science, Awareness, and Solutions Program at Columbia University and former Director of the NASA Goddard Institute, speaks on climate change and global justice at the conference Justice in Development at Yale University. The conference was co-organized by Academics Stand Against Poverty, Global Financial Integrity, and the Yale Global Justice Program.


Postdoctoral Fellowship Available at Yale Global Justice Center

The Global Justice Program at Yale University invites applications for a postdoctoral fellow position to strengthen the Program’s intellectual work on global justice, world poverty, human rights, and global health. The successful candidate will develop his/her research project and teach one course per academic year. In the term that s/he teaches, they will be appointed as a lecturer and the teaching is included in their overall duties, not additive. S/he will also contribute research and coordination of projects based at the Global Justice Program, including liaison with Incentives for Global Health and Academics Stand Against Poverty. This position is particularly suitable for individuals interested in both research and advocacy.

The appointment is for one year, renewable based upon a positive annual review and funding availability. While January 1, 2015, is the ideal starting date, the Program will also consider applicants who make a persuasive case for one of two other start-dates: July 1, 2015 or September 1, 2015. Compensation includes an annual salary of $55,000 and health coverage.

Yale University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Yale values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty and strongly welcomes applications from women and underrepresented minorities, persons with disabilities, protected veterans.

Qualifications: Applicants from all suitable academic disciplines will be considered, including political science, economics, philosophy, law and public health. Fluency in English is required.

All applicants should have completed their PhD by the time of appointment. Candidates with other advanced graduate degrees may be considered but the PhD is the preferred qualification.

We will accept applications immediately with review beginning on November 9 and continuing until the selections are final.

Application materials required (website address):

  1. A cover letter
  2. A current curriculum vitae
  3. A writing sample
  4. A research statement
  5. A brief course proposal and evidence of teaching qualifications
  6. Three letters of reference. At least two that comment both on the candidate’s research and teaching ability. The letters should be submitted by the reference writers at this site.
  7. Names and contact information for references

All information from the applicant should be submitted electronically through Academic Jobs On-Line. Uploaded PDF copies of signed reference letters will be accepted at this site. Reference writers may submit signed hard copies by mail by requesting the mailing address from

Contact email:


Call for Papers on Participation and Climate Governance


CISDL/GEM Working paper Series on Public Participation and Climate Governance

Call for PapersS

Deadline for submission of abstracts: rolling until May 15, 2014

The Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL) and the Governance, Environment & Markets Initiative at Yale University (GEM) are calling for papers for their new Working Paper Series on “Public Participation and Climate Governance.” The series will be edited by Sébastien Jodoin (GEM / CISDL); Sébastien Duyck (University of Lapland), and Katherine Lofts (CISDL).

The principle of public participation has long been recognized as paramount for effective and equitable climate policy and governance. Article 6 of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) thus outlines States\’ responsibilities to promote and facilitate, inter alia, education and public awareness, public access to information, public participation, training, and international cooperation with respect to addressing climate change and its effects. The Work Programme on Article 6, initially adopted by the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC in 2002, encourages governments, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations to collaborate in matters of access to information and public participation. Under the Doha Work Programme adopted in 2012, a formal dialogue covering access to information, public participation, and public awareness is scheduled to take place in 2014.

With this Working Paper Series on \”Public Participation and Climate Governance,\” CISDL and GEM aim to encourage new and rigorous research of compelling interest to scholars and policy-makers active in climate law, policy, and governance at multiple levels. Contributions are encouraged from legal scholars, social scientists, and practitioners from several fields, including international law, comparative law, international relations, comparative politics, public policy, political economy/ecology, and environmental studies.

Contributions are most notably sought on the following themes and topics:

  • Analysis of the legal developments, practices and discourses associated with public participation within the UNFCCC and other multilateral fora focusing on climate change;
  • Case studies of the development and application of the concept of public participation with respect to particular sectors and mechanisms of climate governance (mitigation, adaptation, carbon trading, CDM, REDD+, etc.);
  • Case studies highlighting best practices and challenges in the operationalization of the concept of public participation in the policy-making processes and governance mechanisms addressing climate change in particular countries or regions around the world;
  • Analysis of experiences with public participation in other fields of environmental governance and how lessons learned might apply to climate governance;
  • Theoretical and critical reflections on the notion of public participation and the opportunities and challenges it presents for equitable and effective climate governance.

Full papers (ranging between 6,000 and 8,000 words) should be submitted by 15 August 2014. The drafts of the working papers may also be discussed during a session of the 3rd Yale/UNITAR Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy, \”Human Rights, Environmental Sustainability, Post-2015 Development, and the Future Climate Regime,\” which will be held in New Haven, Ct., 5-7 September 2014. Prospective authors interested in participating in this conference are encouraged to submit an abstract.

The final versions of the working papers will be posted on the CISDL and GEM websites and will be launched at a side-event organized during the 20th Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC to be held in Lima, Peru in November 2014. Selected working papers may also be collected into a book or special journal issue to be published at a later date.

Submissions of abstracts (of approximately 500 words) will be accepted on a rolling basis until 15 May 2014. Authors are encouraged to submit abstracts as soon as possible to ensure paper eligibility and avoid overlap between different papers in the series. While papers should not have been published elsewhere before being submitted to the series, inclusion in the series does not preclude future publication elsewhere.

Abstracts submitted for inclusion in the working paper series should be submitted as Microsoft Word Documents and should include a 500 word abstract and a 50 word biography of the author. All abstracts should be submitted to Ms. Katherine Lofts (CISDL) at


Jeffrey Sachs Speaks on Future of Sustainable Development

Jeffrey Sachs at Yale

The Yale Global Justice Program and ASAP hosted Dr. Jeffrey Sachs of Columbia University for a special lecture, \”Sustainable Development Goals: The Emerging Global Agenda.\” Critical responses were given by Dr. Dean Karlan, Professor of Economics at Yale and President and Founder of Innovations for Poverty Action and Thomas Pogge, Leitner Professor of Philosophy and International Affairs and Director of the Global Justice Program and President of ASAP.

Videos are available of Dr. Sachs’s lecture, responses from Dr. Karlan and Dr. Pogge, and audience Q&A. Photos from the event are also available.

Dr. Sachs has been a leading figure in the effort to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, an eight-point framework for promoting poverty alleviation and development worldwide, agreed to by all the world\’s countries and leading development institutions. The Millennium Development Goals will expire in 2015, and the framework that replaces them will shape poverty alleviation and development efforts for the next fifteen years. Dr. Sachs\’s is an important voice in the global debate over priorities for the next phase in international development.

Dr. Sachs is a world-renowned professor of economics, leader in sustainable development, senior UN advisor, bestselling author, and syndicated columnist whose monthly newspaper columns appear in more than 80 countries.

Dr. Sachs serves as the Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. He is Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the Millennium Development Goals, having held the same position under UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. He is Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. He is co-founder and Chief Strategist of Millennium Promise Alliance, and is director of the Millennium Villages Project. Sachs is also one of the Secretary-General’s MDG Advocates, and a Commissioner of the ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission for Development. He has authored three New York Times bestsellers in the past seven years: The End of Poverty (2005), Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet (2008), and The Price of Civilization (2011).


Jeffrey Sachs, \”Sustainable Development Goals: The New Global Agenda\”

Video footage of Jeffrey Sachs\’s lecture \”Sustainable Development Goals: The New Global Agenda\”, which was presented at Yale University on February 18, 2014. This event was organized by the Yale Global Justice Program and Academics Stand Against Poverty.


New Legal Reference: Human Rights and Climate Change Policy-making

The Center for International Sustainable Development Law, Academics Stand Against Poverty, and the Governance, Environment & Markets Initiative at Yale University have developed a new legal reference guide that examines the connections between climate change and human rights, with a particular focus on the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR).

The legal reference guide can be downloaded here.

Given the serious human rights ramifications of climate change, States are obliged to take all appropriate means to avoid and mitigate climate change and its harmful consequences, as well as assist vulnerable communities in adapting to its consequences. States are also required to ensure that their responses to climate change are consistent with their human rights obligations under domestic and international law. This introductory legal reference guide seeks to provide policy-makers, advocates, and experts with basic knowledge of obligations and principles related to international economic, social, and cultural rights in the context of new challenges brought by climate change, as well as to highlight opportunities for policy-makers worldwide.

Part I of this manual provides a general introduction to human rights and the international climate change regime, including the relationship between climate change and human rights. Part II surveys basic concepts of international human rights law. Part III examines the ICESCR more specifically, including its structure, the nature of its obligations, means of implementation, and compliance mechanisms. Finally, Parts IV through X discuss specific rights enumerated in the ICESCR, including: the right to equality and non-discrimination; the right to work and social security; the right to family life; the right to an adequate standard of living; the right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health; the right to education; and the right to culture. These sections also provide case studies illustrating how climate policies are being implemented to concomitantly address climate change and enhance the realization of human rights.

The legal reference guides was edited by Sébastien Jodoin and Katherine Lofts and includes a foreword by Thomas Pogge. The contributing authors include: Christiane Bossé, Christopher Campbell-Furuflé, Benoît Mayer, Karine Péloffy, Patrick Reynaud, and Sean Stephenson.

For more information regarding this publications, please contact Ms. Katherine Lofts at


Global Justice and the Global South Conference at the University of Delhi

Nyaya, the Global Justice Program at the University of Delhi, in partnership with the Yale Global Justice Program and the Centre for the Study of Global Ethics at the University of Birmingham, is proud to present its inaugural conference, Global Justice and the Global South.


Call for Applications: Research Fellowship at Yale\’s Global Justice Program

The Global Justice Program at Yale University is seeking to hire a postdoctoral fellow or equivalent research fellow to strengthen its intellectual work on global justice, world poverty, human rights, and global health. The successful applicant will be asked to teach one course per academic year and will work closely with the founding Director of the Global Justice Program, Professor Thomas Pogge. S/he will also contribute research and coordination to projects based at the Global Justice Program, including Incentives for Global Health and Academics Stand Against Poverty. This position is particularly suitable for individuals interested in both academic and advocacy work.

The successful candidate will begin work as soon as possible, ideally in early January, 2014. A short period of working remotely at the beginning of the fellowship may be permitted. The initial appointment is for one year, but there is sufficient funding to extend the appointment for another two years at least. The salary will be competitive and adjusted to the successful applicant\’s qualifications.


Applicants from all suitable academic disciplines will be considered, including political science, economics, philosophy, law and public health. Fluency in English is required. An ideal candidate will hold a Ph.D. or other graduate degree, but individuals are currently enrolled in graduate programs and have not yet completed their degree are also eligible to apply.

How to Apply

Applicants are asked to provide: a cover letter; curriculum vitae, including publications; one relevant writing sample of about 20 double-spaced pages; a syllabus of an undergraduate seminar the applicant might wish to offer at Yale; undergraduate and graduate school transcripts; three evaluation letters, sent directly by the evaluators.

All of these materials should be submitted by e-mail to Rachel Payne at To be assured of full consideration, applications must be received before January 1, 2014.

Please contact Rachel Payne at with questions regarding the position or application process.