Call for Panels

1st Annual Conference on Carbon Removal Law and Policy: Exploring Ocean-Based CDR Approaches

The Institute for Carbon Removal Law & Policy is soliciting proposals for panel sessions to provide forums for lively, interactive discussions among world-leading experts and critical stakeholders at the 1st Annual Conference on Carbon Removal Law and Policy. This year’s theme is: Exploring Ocean-Based CDR Approaches. The conference will take place online, on September 21, 2021.

The focus of the conference will be on law and policy issues associated with ocean carbon removal approaches, including, but not limited to the following issues:

Governance of ocean-based carbon dioxide removal approaches at national and sub-national scales, as well as the role of international treaty regimes and principles of customary international law;

The role and application of principles of equity and social justice in ocean-based carbon dioxide removal research and deployment;

Methodologies for, and challenges in, constructing effective architectures for public engagement on ocean-based carbon dioxide removal approaches

If you have additional questions after reading this document, please contact the Conference Chair Wil Burns here.

The deadline for submission of proposals is June 18th.

Potential Panel Formats

The panels for this conference will be 90 minutes in length. Here are some suggestions for potential panel formats, with the proviso that we are open to other formats. Please note: this is a wholly online conference; thus panel organizers should be focused on ways to ensure that they can organize panels that respond to the unique benefits, and challenges, of this medium.

Standard Panels

The session is comprised of a moderator, and 3-4 panelists, each accorded 12-15 minutes to make presentations on the panel’s overarching theme. Panel presentations are followed by guided questions by the session moderator, and questions from the audience using the Q&A function in Zoom. Organizers could also incorporate more interactive elements, such as the Whiteboard function in Zoom or Google’s Jamboard.

Flipped Panel

In the spirit of “flipped classroom” formats for instruction, the Flipped Panel makes videos of panel presentations available prior to the panel. Audience members come to the panels prepared to discuss the presentations in great depth, and the lion’s share of the panel is devoted to audience questions, and detailed comments on the ideas advanced in the presentations.

Roundtable Panels

Roundtable panels are most conducive to specific and cohesive topics. All of the presenters are addressing that topic and should, to a large extent, be interacting with each other in shedding light on the topic. Roundtables are less formal than panels. Initial roundtable presentations are generally shorter than papers (about 5-10 minutes per person). The panelists and moderator then engage in discussion with each other, often seeded by questions from the moderator. The audience is usually invited to engage more directly than at panels. A roundtable is more of an open conversation.

Hyde Park Corner Debate

This format takes a central theme or question and features two speakers (or teams of two speakers on each side) to debate for and against a proposition. At the outset, the participants are polled to measure their opinion on the topic. Following the debate, they are polled again to see how many are now in favor or against. The winner of the debate is the speaker(s) who caused the most audience members to change their votes.

Guidelines for Panel Proposals

Panel proposals should include the following elements:

  • A title for the panel session
  • A brief description (250-300 words) of:
    • The overarching topic and why it’s an important topic to discuss at this year’s conference. Please consult the “Scope of the 2021 Conference” page;
  • The proposed format for the panel (see “Potential Panel Formats,” above)
  • An abstract of no more than 150 words by each prospective panelist (only for Standard, Flipped and Hyde Park Corner Debates panel proposals);
  • Expressions of interest, if any, of individual panelists in preparing articles for publication in our planned symposium issue in the Carbon and Climate Law Review.

Once confirmed, the names, contact information, and brief (150 words or fewer) biographies for the panel convener(s), proposed moderator(s) (which can be one or more of the panel’s conveners), and each respective panelist will be requested.

Panel organizers are encouraged to foster diversity on axes including gender, race, geography, career stage, and perspectives on the topic.

Important Dates

Panel Conveners of accepted proposals will be required to confirm their full panel by August 2nd.

We are also accepting proposals for individual presentations. See the Call for Individual Presentations for details.