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Climate change cattle and the international legal order

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12 June 2024

15:30 - 16:30 CEST


Sala degli Stemmi, Villa Salviati, and Zoom

Hybrid Event

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The Environmental Law and Governance Working Group hosts a book launch with Dr. Rebecca Williams (Lecturer in Environmental Law, University of Glasgow).


Livestock food systems need to be rapidly rethought to tackle the global climate crisis. This book examines how climate concerns for the livestock sector are governed in international law and addresses the sector's inclusion (or lack thereof) across the international governance of climate change, agriculture, forests and trade.

The book provides a wide-ranging analysis of legal regimes at the international level that affect emissions from cattle (and where relevant, livestock more broadly). On this basis, tensions, interactions, and common themes for livestock emissions mitigation across the international climate change, forestry, agricultural and agri-trade regime are identified. This showcases where productive synergies and damaging tensions have emerged across the cross-cutting nature of livestock governance, enabling goals of fairer and more effective emissions mitigation for the sector to be achieved.

In addition to addressing issues such as food security and public health, the book highlights the problem of affluence in reducing cattle emissions from meat consumption. This key insight is significant in terms of tackling future livestock emissions trajectories, particularly in relation to securing climate justice within the agricultural sector and securing equitable and effective livestock solutions.

About the speaker:

Dr Rebecca Williams is an EUI Law Alumna and a lecturer in environmental law at the University of Glasgow.

Scientific Organiser(s):

Elena Evangelidis (EUI)


Rebecca Williams (University of Glasgow)

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