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‘Non-environmental environmental policies’: Combating climate change through women empowerment

Many policies that, on their face, have little or nothing to do with environmental protection, may in fact highly contribute to the protection of our environment. Such ‘non-environmental environmental policies’ are often overlooked in contemporary environmental negotiations. Yet, their impact on environmental variables may be very important, even more important than that of core environmental policies.

In this talk, Jorge will argue that policies aimed at empowering women may generate – in addition to obvious social benefits – a major emissions-reduction dividend.

Jorge E. Viñuales is the Harold Samuel Professor of Law and Environmental Policy at the University of Cambridge.

He has wide experience as a practitioner. He has worked on several high profile inter-State, investor-State, and commercial disputes, and he regularly advises companies, governments, international organisations or major NGOs on different matters of environmental law, investment law, human rights and public international law at large.

Jorge was educated in France (Doctorat - Sciences Po, Paris), the United States (LL.M. - Harvard Law School), Switzerland (Licence and Diplôme d’études approfondies in international relations - HEI; liz jur – Universität Freiburg; Licence and Diplôme d’études approfondies in political science – Université de Genève), and Argentina (Abogado – UNICEN). His native language is Spanish and he is fluent in English, French and Italian.

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