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As the Copenhagen climate summit gears up for its final week, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and U.S. President Barack Obama are preparing to join other world leaders in the Danish capital. The negotiations are intended to establish a framework for a new global warming treaty to succeed the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012.
Meinhard Doelle, an environmental law professor at Dalhousie University in Halifax, is also heading to Copenhagen and will join us on Monday for an online discussion about the negotiations.
This was the second time Prof. Doelle joined. To read his earlier discussion, .
Prof. Doelle is the associate director of the Marine & Environmental Law Institute and director of the Marine & Environmental Law Programme. From 1996 to 2001, he was executive director of Clean Nova Scotia. He has been involved in the practice of environmental law in Nova Scotia since 1990 and in that capacity served as drafter of the N.S. Environment Act. He is currently environmental counsel to the Atlantic Canada law firm of Stewart McKelvey.
From 2000 to 2006, he was a non-governmental member of the Canadian delegation to the UN climate change negotiations. He was a visiting scholar at the Environmental Law Center of the IUCN in Bonn, Germany, in 2008. Prof. Doelle has written on a variety of environmental law topics, including climate change, energy law, invasive species, environmental assessments, and public participation in environmental decision-making. He is the author of several books, including From Hot Air to Action: Climate Change, Compliance and the Future of International Environmental Law.
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