Friday, March 31, 2023
8:50 a.m. - 6:15 p.m.
Boyd Law Building Room 225 & Webinar
University of Iowa College of Law
Iowa City, Iowa, USA
Pre-Authorized to offer 5.5 Iowa CLE Hours!

Join The Journal of Gender, Race & Justice (JGRJ) and Transnational Law and Contemporary Problems (TLCP) for discussions on the human rights implications of voluntary carbon markets and emerging geoengineering technologies developed to combat the climate crisis.

Our panelists will explore the pragmatic implications of these approaches as well as possible regulatory frameworks, nationally and internationally. Throughout these discussions, we will center global Indigenous voices speaking on self-determination and knowledge systems which are foundational to any discussion of climate action.

The University of Iowa is located on the homelands of the Ojibwe/Anishinaabe (Chippewa), Báxoǰe (Iowa), Kiikaapoi (Kickapoo), Omāēqnomenēwak (Menominee), Myaamiaki (Miami), Nutachi (Missouri), Umoⁿhoⁿ (Omaha), Wahzhazhe (Osage), Jiwere (Otoe), Odawaa (Ottawa), Póⁿka (Ponca), Bodéwadmi/Neshnabé (Potawatomi), Meskwaki/Nemahahaki/Sakiwaki (Sac and Fox), Dakota/Lakota/Nakoda, Sahnish/Nuxbaaga/Nuweta (Three Affiliated Tribes) and Ho-Chunk (Winnebago) Nations. The following tribal nations, Umoⁿhoⁿ (Omaha Tribe of Nebraska and Iowa), Póⁿka (Ponca Tribe of Nebraska), Meskwaki (Sac and Fox of the Mississippi in Iowa), and Ho-Chunk (Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska) Nations continue to thrive in the State of Iowa and we continue to acknowledge them. As an academic institution, it is our responsibility to acknowledge the sovereignty and the traditional territories of these tribal nations, and the treaties that were used to remove these tribal nations, and the histories of dispossession that have allowed for the growth of this institution since 1847. Consistent with the University's commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, understanding the historical and current experiences of Native peoples will help inform the work we do; collectively as a university to engage in building relationships through academic scholarship, collaborative partnerships, community service, enrollment and retention efforts acknowledging our past, our present and future Native Nations.
UI Indigenous Land Acknowledgement


  • Opening Remarks by Dean Kevin Washburn and organizing journals' Editors in Chief, Angela Pruitt and Sara Leibee

  • 9:15-10:20am

    Is This a Good Idea?: Pragmatic Examination of Developing Geoengineering Technologies Through a Human Rights Lens

  • 10:50am-12pm

    Assuming Arguendo: Regulatory Frameworks for Emerging Geoengineering Technologies Here and Abroad

  • Lunch Break

  • Global Indigenous Self-Determination in Climate Action

  • Afternoon Break

  • Human Rights Implications of International Voluntary Carbon Markets


Introducing Our Panelists


Kirsty Anantharajah

Kirsty Anantharajah is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of New South Wales, Australia, where she is working on a project exploring biodiversity markets in Australia. Her previous research focused on climate finance in the Pacific. Her work troubles relationships of power and marginalization within the contexts of ecological crisis.


Julia Dehm, Ph.D.

Julia Dehm is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Law, La Trobe University, Australia. She is also a Member of the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton. Her scholarship addresses urgent issues of international and domestic climate change and environmental law, natural resource governance and questions of human rights, economic inequality and social justice. Her monograph, Reconsidering REDD+: Authority, Power and Law in the Green Economy (CUP, 2021) was awarded the ECR Publication Prize from the Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand. 


Tracy Hester, J.D.

Professor Hester teaches environmental law at the University of Houston Law Center, where he co-directs the Law Center’s Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Law Center and the University of Houston’s Center for Carbon Management in Energy. He is a recognized expert on the innovative application of environmental laws to emerging technologies and unanticipated risks, including climate engineering, deep decarbonization (particularly in energy production), nanoscale materials and microplastics, and climate liability. In Fall 2019, Prof. Hester taught the first U.S. law school course on Climate Intervention Law, which focused on emerging climate engineering technologies and legal challenges. He also originated and teaches an innovative Environmental Practicum that matches students with multiple leading environmental attorneys to work on practical projects and to develop creative legal initiatives.


Dhanasree Jayaram, Ph.D.

Dhanasree Jayaram is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Geopolitics and International Relations and Co-coordinator of the Centre for Climate Studies at the Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) in Karnataka, India. Currently, she is based in Berlin as a Research Fellow at Centre Marc Bloch (CMB) and Guest Researcher at Freie Universität Berlin – under the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s International Climate Protection Fellowship 2022-23. She is also a Research Fellow at Earth System Governance, a member of the Climate Security Expert Network and a member of the Planet Politics Institute.

She holds a PhD in Geopolitics and International Relations from MAHE. She received the Next Generation Foresight Practitioners (NGFP) - Security & Technology award in 2022 to work on the geopolitical and security implications of solar geoengineering for the Global South. She pursued a visiting fellowship (Erasmus Mundus – short-term PhD) at Leiden University, the Netherlands during 2014-15; and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, under the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship during 2018-19. Her primary fields of interest include climate politics and diplomacy, environmental security and military, regional environmental policy in Asia, and environmental peacebuilding.


Deborah McGregor, Ph.D.

Dr. Deborah McGregor (Anishinabe), Whitefish River First Nation is Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Environmental Justice at York University. Her research has focused on Indigenous knowledge and legal systems and their various applications in diverse contexts including water and environmental governance, environmental and climate justice, health and environment and sustainability.


Railla Puno, Research Associate, National University of Singapore, Centre for International Law

Railla Puno is a Research Associate for the Climate Change Law and Policy Programme of the National University of Singapore Centre for International Law. Railla first developed an interest in international climate law and policy as a law student working for the University of the Philippines Institute for International Legal Studies. Since then, she has attended UNFCCC sessions in various capacities, including as negotiator and legal adviser for the Philippine government, and as Policy Coordinator for Climate Action Network, co-lead of the ENGO constituency. She previously worked for the Climate Change Commission of the Philippines as Legal Services Division Chief where she oversaw the national process for signing and ratifying the Paris Agreement and led the coordination of the Philippine delegation for COP 22 in Marrakesh. Railla has also done extensive research on oceans and climate, climate change and the rule of law, governance of climate geoengineering technologies, REDD+ and agriculture, and human rights and the environment, in collaboration with various intergovernmental organizations, national governments, and civil society groups.

In 2020, Railla obtained her LL.M. degree in Environmental Law, specializing in Global Environmental Law, from Pace University’s Elisabeth Haub School of Law with summa cum laude honors. She also holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Philippines and a Bachelor of Science degree, major in Psychology, from the Ateneo de Manila University. She is a member of the Philippine bar since 2015.


Jesse Reynolds, Ph.D.

Dr. Jesse Reynolds is an expert in international environmental policy. He researches and advises on how rules and institutions can help manage environmental opportunities and challenges, particularly those involving emerging technologies. In this, he draws from international environmental law, international relations, and economics. Dr. Reynolds has extensively investigated the governance of geoengineering (climate engineering), a diverse group of proposed methods to intentionally intervene in earth systems at large scales in order to reduce anthropogenic climate change. His book, The Governance of Solar Geoengineering: Managing Climate Change in the Anthropocene, was published on Cambridge University Press. Dr. Reynolds has also studied the roles of new biotechnologies, such as gene drives, in the conservation of biodiversity and facilitating sustainability more generally. He currently is Executive Secretary of the Global Commission on Governing Risks from Climate Overshoot and Senior Policy Officer at the Paris Peace Forum. He also co-hosts the Challenging Climate podcast. Prior to these roles, Dr. Reynolds was an Emmett / Frankel Fellow in Environmental Law and Policy at the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment of the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. He has degrees from Tilburg University, The Netherlands (partially as a Fulbright Fellow, US Department of State); the University of California, Berkeley (as an EPA Science-to-Achieve Results Fellow); and Hampshire College.

Jo Carrillo, J.D., J.S.D.

Jo Carrillo, J.D., J.S.D., is Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the UC Law SF Indigenous Law Center. Carrillo publishes and teaches on topics of property. Currently, her legal research is focused on land advocacy efforts for Indigenous communities and on modifications to state codes that could enhance tribal law.

As Director of the Indigenous Law Center, one of Carrillo’s main goals is to co-teach seminars that bring tribal leaders, tribal attorneys, and tribal scholars into the law school classroom to discuss issues of importance to their tribal communities in what is now California. Carrillo has designed, organized, and co-taught Indigenous Law Center Seminars on Continuing (2020), Land Acknowledgements (2021), and Enhanced Access to Land (2022).  Planned seminars are Redress for Genocide (2023) and Indigenous Feminism (2024).

Carrillo is the first woman of color to be tenured at UC Law SF. She has served as The Lillian and Harry Hastings Research Chair at UC Law SF. She served on the Herbert Jacob Book Prize Selection Committee. She was on the Board of Authors of a past edition of the Felix Cohen Handbook of Federal Indian Law. Although her permanent academic appointment is at UC Law SF, Professor Carrillo has held two visiting appointments: Visiting Professor of Law at Stanford Law School (1998-99), where she taught Federal Indian Law, Property, and Trusts and Estates; and Visiting Scholar at The Center for the Study of Law & Society, University of California Berkeley (2006-07). Professor Carrillo is an elected member of the American Law Institute. She has a lifelong interest in the intersection of law, literature, and society. She is a longtime member of the Modern Language Association, a former Trustee of the Law and Society Association, and a peer reviewer for different academic journals, including the American Indian Law Review, the Law & Society Review, and the Journal of Science Fiction.


Peter Irvine, Ph.D.


Dr. Pete Irvine is a lecturer at UCL Earth Sciences where he teaches climate science and studies solar geoengineering and is a co-host of the Challenging Climate podcast. Dr. Irvine has been researching the climate response to solar geoengineering since 2009 and has been working to put those findings into perspective with the risks posed by climate change. He also works with researchers from a range of disciplines to explore the broader implications of solar geoengineering for policy and society. Current work includes evaluating the potential effectiveness of stratospheric aerosol geoengineering and its long-term implications for climate policy.  


Paul Kanyinke Ole Sena, J.S.D.

Dr. Sena is lecturer at the Faculty of Law and holds a Doctorate in Law from the University of Arizona, USA. He is the Director of Cape Town-based Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee, a network of 135 indigenous peoples organizations in 22 countries in Africa. He has served as a member and first African Chairperson of the United Nation’s Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and also as a Member of the African Commission Working Group on Indigenous Populations besides other international organizations. He serves in several advisory boards including the Cambridge University Press. He does consultancies for organizations such as the World Bank, IFAD, UNREDD, IUCN, Kenya Land Alliance etc. He has excellent oral and written communication skills and very broad minded as result of travel to over 130 countries and having lived in Africa, Asia and America. Dr. Sena is also a livestock keeper and transporter. He comes from Ololulunga in Narok County.  


Bazile Panek

Bazile Panek is a proud member of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe, born and raised on the Red Cliff reservation. With a deep connection to his culture, Bazile regularly attends ceremonies and cultural events to honor his ancestors and community.

Bazile recently graduated from Northern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Native American Studies. During his time at NMU, he served as President of the Native American Student Association and Student Representative on the President’s Committee on Diversity. Bazile also played a key role in advocating for the official recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ Day by the university.

Today, Bazile is an Indigenous Consultant for the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP). In his role with ITEP, Bazile provides technical and facilitation support for Tribes and Climate Change Program (TCCP), and is responsible for the facilitation of the second iteration of the Status of Tribes and Climate Change (STACC) report which will be focused on Indigenous and Traditional Knowledges and young leaders/youth engagement and investment.

Bazile's passion for promoting cultural revitalization and youth engagement has led him to consult and speak with numerous non-profits, governmental agencies, colleges & universities, and companies across the nation. He is a sought-after speaker on topics such as decolonization, Indigenous knowledges, and cultural revitalization.

Bazile's guiding philosophy in life is to "honor my ancestors and those who came before me, honor my people here today, and become an honorable ancestor for future generations." With his deep roots in his culture and his commitment to making a positive impact, Bazile is a true leader and advocate for his community.

Organizing Law Journals



We challenge our writers, our readers, and ourselves to question who we are and how the law defines us.


Founded in 1996, the Journal explores how we are classified, stratified, ignored, and singled out under the law because of our race, sex, gender, economic class, ability, sexual identity, and the multitude of labels applied to us. Identity is a matrix of experiences; when the law fails to recognize any one facet of our identity, both the law and the person lose invaluable dimension. Our challenge is to examine how we negotiate our identities, how the legal system negotiates them for us and how these negotiations affect our ability to attain justice.


About the Journal


Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems (TLCP) is a multi-disciplinary journal published by the University of Iowa College of Law. It is student-edited and publishes two issues per year. TLCP addresses issues and problems that transcend national political boundaries, presenting to the international and comparative law communities matters not commonly found in other journals.

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Hubbell Environmental Law Initiative

Graduate and Professional Student Government

University of Iowa Center for Human Rights

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