Keynote Speakers

David R. Boyd

David R. Boyd is the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment and an associate professor of law, policy, and sustainability at the University of British Columbia.

Boyd is also the author of ten books and over 100 reports and articles on environmental law and policy, human rights, and constitutional law. His books include The Rights of Nature (ECW Press, 2017), The Optimistic Environmentalist (ECW Press, 2015), and The Environmental Rights Revolution (UBC Press, 2012).

Dr. Daphina Misiedjan

Dr. Daphina Misiedjan is an assistant-professor at International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), The Hague, an associated researcher at the Utrecht Center for Oceans, Water and Sustainability Law (UCWOSL) and 2020/2021 Fellow at The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS). In addition, she is a board member of the Dutch section of the International Commission of Jurists.

Dr. Misiedjan specializes in issues concerning human rights (in particular economic, social and cultural rights) and the environment. Her book is titled: Towards a Sustainable Human Right to Water. Supporting vulnerable people and protecting water resources. She is interested in Global South perspectives on environmental justice and new developments including the right to clean air and the recognition of legal personhood for Nature also known as Earth Jurisprudence or Wild Law. Her research as a NIAS Fellow focusses on the dynamics of the social movements in relation to rights of Nature.


Cinnamon Piñon Carlarne

Professor Cinnamon Carlarne is the Associate Dean for Faculty & Intellectual Life and the Alumni Society Designated Professor of Law at the Moritz College of Law at the Ohio State University. Carlarne’s scholarship focuses on the evolution of system of domestic and international environmental law and includes a book on comparative climate change law and policy with Oxford University Press; a Foundation Press text on climate law; a West casebook on International Environmental Law; the Oxford Handbook of International Climate Change Law; a series of journal articles and book chapters exploring questions of domestic and international environmental law; and a textbook on oceans and human health.

She is currently working on a new book about the future of climate law, titled Climate Courage: The Story of our Survival. She is on the editorial board for Transnational Environmental Law (Cambridge University Press) and the academic advisory board for Climate Law (IOS Press). Carlarne earned her BCL (law) and an MSc in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford; a JD from Berkeley Law; and her BA from Baylor University.

Gerry Liston

Gerry Liston is a Legal Officer with the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN), an organisation which pursues innovative legal actions across borders challenging the involvement of powerful actors in systemic human rights violations. He is also a qualified solicitor in Ireland and a doctoral candidate at the Irish Centre for Human Rights. Gerry leads GLAN’s work in supporting six Portuguese young people bring a climate change case against multiple States to the European Court of Human Rights. His article, Enhancing the efficacy of climate change litigation: how to resolve the ‘fair share question’ in the context of international human rights law, will be published in the forthcoming issue of the Cambridge International Law Journal.

Bradlie Luisa Ana Martz-Sigala

Climate Reality Leader, The Climate Reality Project & Research Assistant (CCEEL), University of Eastern Finland

Nicole Onnela

Heta Heiskanen

Secretary-General of the Climate Panel, Ministry of the Environment of Finland

Milka Sormunen

Doctoral Researcher, University of Helsinki

Ellen Ojala

Climate activist, Climate youth delegate