Climate Change Adaptation, Migration, and the Law: Issues Relevant to the Asia-Pacific Region, with Maxine Burkett

Wednesday, July 27, 2011 (All day)

Sakamaki Lecture on climate change and the law 
Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Place: Manoa Campus, School of Architecture Auditorium

Climate experts deem the Asia-Pacific region, and Southeast Asia in particular, as a climate change ‘hotspot’ due to multiple and imminent hazards coupled with large populations and natural and economic assets at risk. Burkett identifies the indices of vulnerability to climate change and suggests that they are multidisciplinary in nature, requiring multidisciplinary responses. She focuses on the role of law and policy in creating more climate resilient communities, legal feedbacks relevant to coastal and island communities in the Pacific region and climate crises for which the law can provide novel solutions.

MAXINE BURKETT is an associate professor of law at the William S. Richardson School of Law and director of the Center for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy at the University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program. Her projects address climate change law, policy and planning for island communities in Hawai‘i, the Pacific region and beyond. Her current work focuses on “Climate Justice” – the disparate impact of climate change on poor and of-color communities and the ethical and legal obligation owed to them.


Sakamaki Extraordinary Lectures 2011 support Outreach College's summer theme, ADVANCING ASIA-PACIFIC, and provide an enriching public forum for viewpoints and discussion prior to Hawai‘i's hosting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit.

Ticket Information: FREE

Event Sponsor: Outreach College, Manoa Campus

More Information: 956-3411,