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Randall Abate to deliver lecture

Prof. Abate to Deliver Lecture at the University of Maryland, Baltimore

Randall Abate, J.D., director of the Institute for Global Understanding and professor in the Department of Political Science and Sociology, will continue his lecture series on his article, “Anthropocene Accountability Litigation: Confronting Common Enemies” in a discussion at the University of Maryland, Baltimore Francis King Carey School of Law.

The environmental- and animal-law centered engagement, hosted by the Maryland Environmental Law Society, is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 11, from noon-1 p.m. via Zoom. Following Abate’s presentation, viewers can participate in a question-and-answer session to discuss the article.

“This article is based on work that I’ve been doing to try to connect the fields of environmental law and animal law to help them work in a more coordinated way on issues of common concern … The interest is there and it is rising. Translating that interest into action is always the challenge, but I’ve seen encouraging developments,” Abate said.

The article addresses “confronting common enemies,” underscoring Abate’s concerns about the climate change impacts from the fossil fuel and factory farm industries. The piece highlights the overlapping damages both industries have caused to the environment and human health, and the public deception associated with their dangerous activities.

Abate proposes strategic legal solutions to the environmental threats, including sustainable alternatives and coordinated efforts in legislative and judicial arenas to create enhanced accountability for these industries’ impacts.

No registration is required, and free access is available for the lecture via Zoom

Abate also serves as the Rechnitz Family and Urban Coast Institute Endowed chair in Marine and Environmental Law and Policy and has published six books and more than 30 law journal articles and book chapters on environmental and animal law topics, with a recent emphasis on climate change law and justice.