SOAS University of London

Climate Change-related Loss and Damage: Institutionalising an Idea in the UNFCCC

Dr Lisa Vanhala (UCL)

Date: 1 November 2018Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 1 November 2018Time: 8:30 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: G3

Type of Event: Seminar

How does an idea emerge and gain traction in the international arena when its underpinning principles are contested by powerful players? The adoption in 2013 of the Warsaw International Mechanism on Loss and Damage as part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) puzzled observers, because key state parties, such as the United States, had historically opposed the policy. This seminar will examine the roles of frame contestation and ambiguity in accounting for the evolution and institutionalization of the idea of “loss and damage” within the UNFCCC. It will then look at the knock on consequences of trying to operationalize concepts that are built on constructive ambiguity.

Lisa Vanhala is an Associate Professor in Political Science at UCL. Her research examines the role of law and norms in politics. She is currently the principal investigator of a five-year European Research Council Starting Grant on the Politics of Climate Change Loss and Damage. 

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