Energy, Women and Children

November 18, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Mānoa Campus, East-West Center Research Program, Burns Hall, Room 3012 Add to Calendar

Energy, Women and Chilren

Lakshman Guruswamy

Distinguished Visitor,
University of Hawaii, Richardson School of Law
Nicholas Doman Professor of Law,
University of Colorado at Boulder

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 12:00 noon to 1:00pm
John A. Burns Hall, Room 3012 (3rd floor)

This talk will seek to interweave three subject areas. First, the extent to which energy is a primary determinant of human progress, and why peoples and societies need energy for economic, and social progress. Second, it will distinguish high energy users, dependent upon hydrocarbons like coal, gas and oil, who live in developed countries, but are increasingly populating industrializing developing countries like China and India, from low energy users who have no access to hydrocarbons. The low energy users include the energy poor who live in the rural areas of the least developed countries(LDCs), and swathes of India and land locked Asia. They lack clean energy for cooking, lighting, water, sanitation and motive power, leading to millions of deaths every year, primarily among women and children. Third, the lack of access to energy constitutes violence on women and children that must be addressed.

Lakshman Guruswamy , the Nicholas Doman Professor of International Environmental Law at the University of Colorado at Boulder, was born in Sri Lanka, and is a recognized expert in International Environmental and Energy Law. Dr. Guruswamy teaches International Environmental Law, Energy Justice and Oil and International Relations at CU Law. He is also the Director of international energy programs at the Getches Wilkinson Center of the University of Colorado. Prior to joining the University of Colorado, Dr. Guruswamy taught in Sri Lanka, the UK, and the Universities of Iowa and Arizona. He established the Global Energy Justice conference, and is a frequent speaker at professional and scholarly meetings in the US and around the world. He is the author of books traversing crucial aspects of international environmental and energy law, and is widely published in international energy and environmental law in legal and scientific journals. He is presently engaged in writing two books: Global Energy Justice (forthcoming Foundation/West, 2014) and International Energy & Poverty: The Emerging Contours (Forthcoming Routledge, 2015)

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