Lectures & Events

Continental Drift: Energy, Climate Change and our Bi-national Economy
Canada - United States Law Institute Annual Conference
APR 5, 2014
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Moot Courtroom (A59)
CLE Credit
Approved for 6.5 hours of in-person CLE credit

Most agree, the future of Canada-US relations will be defined by energy. But the exact terms of that definition are hotly debated. At the heart of this debate are a whirlwind of issues concerning the environment, economic opportunity, foreign direct investment, infrastructure,and even the strength of bi-national trade relationship. The 2014 CUSLI Conference will examine how our nations can come together to solve these difficult questions and create a new vision for North American energy.

This Conference will address two parts of the energy-climate change "coin": supply and demand. On the supply side, speakers will address what's needed to develop new energy sources (i.e. natural gas, wind,solar, and hydro) in an economical, yet environmentally responsible, way. To that end, the Conference will also analyze the increasing role that Asian markets (e.g. China, India, and Japan) are playing in North American energy projects, not only as energy buyers but as infrastructure investors. Lastly,the Conference will examine the various attempts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions legislatively, whether through a carbon tax or clean energy standards.

On the demand side, the Conference will focus on two of the largest sources of greenhouse emissions: building construction, regional planning, and transportation. First, speakers will analyze how existing laws hinder our abilities to design new and retrofit existing communities that could dramatically increase our energy efficiency. Panelists will address both building construction standards, and also city community planning including transportation.Finally, speakers will turn to the automotive sector to ask why advances in innovative technology (i.e. electric, natural gas, etc.) have outpaced their adoption.
Speaker Information
Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr.

J. Robinson West
Senior Adviser, CSIS Energy and National Security Program

Alexis Abramson, PhD
Faculty Director, Great Lakes Energy Institute

Jonathan H. Adler
Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law and Director, Center for Business Law and Regulation

Hon. James Blanchard
former Governor of Michigan and former US Ambassador to Canada

Jim Chen
VP Regulatory Affairs and Assoc. Gen. Counsel, Tesla Motors

Anna Dolidze
Professor of Law at Western Law

Richard O. Cunningham
Partner, Steptoe and Johnson, LLP

Laura Dawson, PhD
Dawson Strategic

David Kocan
Managing Director, Canada-US Law Institute and Visiting Ass't Prof. of Law, CWRU Law

Ross Hornby
VP, Government Affairs and Policy, GE Canada

Robert Lukefahr
Co-Owner of Nat G CNGSolutions

Eric Miller
Vice President, Policy, Innovation, and Competitiveness, Canadian Council of Chief Executives

Hon. James Peterson PC
former Minister of International Trade

Arica N. Young
Int'l Trade Specialist, U.S. Department of Commerce

Christopher Sands, PhD
Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute

Mark S. Winfield
Assoc. Prof. and Co-Chair, Sustainable Energy Initiative, York University
Browse Lectures
Current LecturesPast Lectures

Get the latest news from CWRU Law directly to your inbox