For Attendees


For Conference Speakers & Panelists




For Attendees

I live outside Seattle: How do I travel to the conference?

The nearest airport is SeaTac International Airport. Amtrak also serves the city of Seattle.

How do I get from the airport or train station to my hotel?

From the airport you can take a cab, hire a Shuttle Express, or use the public transit service Seattle Metro. From the train station you can get a cab or use Seattle Metro.

Where should I stay in Seattle?

Blocks of rooms have been reserved for conference attendees at the following hotels near the University of Washington. The first three listed are within walking distance of the law school. Please contact the following hotels directly to make your reservations: Hotel Deca, Watertown Hotel, University Inn, and Silver Cloud Inn.

Hotel Deca - Reservations must be made by April 27, 2009. Reservations received after this date will be accepted at the group rate based upon hotel room availability. Please mention the group name “Climate Change Conference” when making your reservation to receive the group rate, which is $159/per night for standard room and $199/per night for a junior suite. These rates are subject to city and state taxes, currently totaling 15.6%. This tax is subject to change.

Watertown Hotel - Reservations must be made by April 27, 2009. Reservations received after this date will be accepted at the group rate based upon hotel room availability. Please mention the group name “Climate Change Conference 2009″ when making your reservation to receive the group rate, which is $169/per night for a studio room. This rate is subject to city and state taxes, currently totaling 15.6%. This tax is subject to change.

University Inn - Reservations must be made by April 27, 2009. Reservations received after this date will be accepted at the group rate based upon hotel room availability. Please mention the group name “Climate Change Conference 2009″ when making your reservation to receive the group rate, which is $130/per night for a traditional room. This rate is subject to city and state taxes, currently totaling 15.6%. This tax is subject to change.

Silver Cloud Inn - This hotel provides a shuttle van to-and-from the hotel and the law school. Reservations must be made by April 27, 2009. Reservations received after this date will be accepted at the group rate based upon hotel room availability. Please mention the group name “Climate Change Conference” when making your reservation to receive the group rate which is $139/per night for a king bed room and $149/per night for 2 queen beds. This rate is subject to city and state taxes, currently totaling 15.6%. This tax is subject to change.

Where should I eat?

The law school is located in the University District. There are many restaurants in this area of town. A list will be made available at the conference. Please also visit the University of Washington Visitor Information page for a list of local accommodations, restaurants, campus maps, and directions.

Are scholarships available?

We hope to make scholarships available for students and others in need. We will provide criteria soon.

For Conference Speakers & Panelists

How will my travel be arranged for the conference?

Your travel expenses will be covered limited to coach. This also includes the cost of ground transportation or mileage to and from the airport both at your starting location and in Seattle. We are working with a travel agent to make arrangements for conference participants. When you are ready to make your arrangements, please contact Tangerine Travel. International participants should contact Carol Carlson (425) (354-6934); participants needing to arrange for domestic travel please contact Sue Buchman-Wiita (425) 354-6929. To secure your hotel reservations, please contact Ann Spangler at (206) 616-3753 or spangler@u.washington.edu.

Where will I stay while in Seattle?

Blocks of rooms have been reserved for conference presenters at the Hotel Deca. The Hotel Deca is within walking distance of the law school or is a short public bus ride away. Your accommodations are paid for 3 nights. Please contact Ann Spangler at (206) 616-3753 or spangler@u.washington.edu to confirm your reservation dates.

When will panels be assigned?

The conference panels are divided into two unique days:

Day One will feature panels covering the science and public health impacts of climate change, existing legal mechanisms for remedying human impacts of climate change, the limitations of those mechanisms, and the role of international law.

Day Two will feature panels on regional impacts of climate change and adaptation and the role of humanitarian aid. Next, keynote speaker Henry Shue will deliver his address, to be followed by a two-hour facilitated Socratic debate.

Conference organizers have scheduled personal half-hour interviews with all participants during March and April to make panel assignments. The ten or so individual panelists chosen to play a featured speaking role in the Socratic debate will have a second interview with Facilitator Kim Taylor-Thompson on a separate call; the second half of the Socratic dialogue will be opened up for participation from the entire Three Degrees speakers list.

Following the debate we will conclude with a panel geared toward crafting a set of legal recommendations for eventual consideration by the UN at the upcoming November/December COP 15 U.N. Climate Change Conference in Denmark.

We will not confirm panel assignments until once we’ve spoken to all panelists by phone, which will likely be sometime during the middle of April. Our goal for these calls is to match our speakers’ expertise to their panel assignments and to work with our speakers to shape their ideal contribution to the event. If you haven’t scheduled a call with us, please contact us as soon as possible.

Where do I submit my CLE materials?

Panelists must submit materials to be included in conference materials packet by May 14, which is two weeks prior to the event. Because the Three Degrees Conference qualifies for continuing legal education credits (CLE) for lawyers, we require that all panelists presenting at the conference submit materials.

Submissions can include an abstract of a related paper on the topic of climate change and human rights, an outline of your Three Degrees Conference presentation, a list of links to key articles relevant to your topic, or a copy of a PowerPoint presentation. Please submit CLE materials to Kathy Kline, CLE programs director, at kkline@u.washington.edu. Please contact Kathy if you have questions about submitting your materials.

How should I prepare for the Socratic dialogue?

As an update, conference participants will not be receiving a copy of the fictitious disaster scenario in advance of the conference. Facts implicated by a 2–6 degree Celsius rise should be the backdrop of panelists’ individual presentations leading up to the Socratic dialogue, but the specific question of how the law/legal system should respond to a 3 degree change will not be asked directly to panelists until the Socratic Dialogue on Day 2.

In other words, the conference will still involve a hypothetical scenario, but the format we originally envisioned has changed since last summer. At the recommendation of our facilitator, Kim Taylor-Thompson, we decided not to present panelists with the hypothetical before the conference. Based on Kim’s experience that would result in scripted answers and ruins the authenticity of the experience.

The specific facts of a three degrees scenario will be shared at the beginning of the Socratic (Fred Friendly) dialogue on Day Two. All panelists will participate in this dialogue, with some participating from the audience and others featured at the front of the room. Kim will be facilitating this dialogue.

Leading up to the Socratic dialogue, we hope and intend that panelists will deliver their individual expert presentations from a mindset expecting a 2––6 degree centigrade rise in temperature over the next century (the range of what scientists are predicting). Panelists should thus feel free to explore legal/health/economic, etc. ramifications of any number of temperature scenarios in their individual talks. The Socratic dialogue on Day 2 will focus more explicitly on a three degrees scenario.

When preparing their talks, panelists should visit the Resources page on our website, where we’ve listed resources detailing the impacts expected from a 2––6 degree centigrade temperature rise. We hope panelists will creatively infuse their talks with the available data on projected impacts. Our blog should hopefully prove a useful resource as well.

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