Law & Finance Sub-Committee

Ben Batros

Ben Batros

International Law Practitioner

Ben Batros is an international law practitioner focused on how law can best support climate action, including the intersection of climate change, human rights and accountability. He is a director at Strategy for Humanity, having previously worked for the Open Society Justice Initiative, as Appeals Counsel in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court; and on regional cooperation to combat transnational crime for the Australian Attorney-General’s Department.

Tracy Hester

Tracy Hester

Professor

Professor Hester teaches environmental law and emerging technology courses at the University of Houston Law Center. His research focuses on the innovative application of environmental laws to emerging technologies and risks, such as climate engineering, nanotechnologies, genetic modification, wind and other renewable power projects, and on novel compliance and liability issues. Prior to joining the University of Houston Law Center, Prof. Hester served as a partner in Bracewell LLP for sixteen years and led the Houston office’s environmental group. He has previously taught classes on Environmental Law, Natural Resource Damages Liability, Climate Change Liability and Litigation, Emerging Technologies and Environmental Law, Advanced Hazardous Waste Law, and Practice of Environmental Law. He also teaches the first year course on Statutory Interpretation and Regulatory Practice.

Matthias Honegger

Matthias Honegger

Senior Climate policy Consultant & Researcher

Matthias Honegger is a senior climate policy consultant and researcher with Perspectives Climate Research, and PhD candidate at Utrecht University. He has worked on sectoral mitigation policies, national mitigation targets, UNFCCC negotiations, and policy advancements for comprehensively addressing carbon dioxide removal. He is furthermore examining the many governance challenges associated with solar radiation modification. A particular focus of his research is on the role of paradigms and narratives in international policy processes in shaping emerging governance objects. He is author and co-author on several articles, commentaries and reports on issues regarding the design of appropriate policy for carbon dioxide removal and solar radiation management and has led the first broad qualitative assessment of potential implications that deployment of such technologies could have on the pursuit of the entirety of the Sustainable Development Goals. His work demonstrates a strong commitment to constructive collaborative efforts at the science-policy interface for future-proofing climate change governance.

Romany Webb

Romany Webb

Associate Research Scholar

Romany Webb is an Associate Research Scholar at Columbia Law School and Senior Fellow at the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law. Romany’s research focuses on two primary areas: (1) energy and (2) negative emissions technologies. Romany’s energy-related research explores how legal and policy tools can be used to minimize the climate impacts of energy development as well the impacts of climate change on energy infrastructure. Romany also researches legal issues associated with the development and deployment of negative emissions technologies on land and in the oceans. She serves on the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Committee on Ocean Carbon Dioxide Removal and Sequestration. She is also a vice chair of the Climate Change, Sustainable Development, and Ecosystems Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources.