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Western professor wins grant to study carbon pricing compliance

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 @ 1:14 PM | By Carolyn Gruske

Chi Carmody, an associate professor with Western University’s faculty of law, will be looking at legal issues around carbon pricing, thanks to a grant from the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI).

The Waterloo, Ont.-based organization awarded Carmody $43,500 for a project titled “Mapping the Legal Framework of Carbon Pricing under the Western Climate Initiative (WCI).”

The funding will support the work of seven student researchers — five Canadian and two American — from three law schools: Western, Case Western Reserve University School of Law and UC Berkeley Law, as they prepare a handbook on provincial and state compliance with the WCI. Ontario, Quebec and California are the three jurisdictional partners who have committed to cap-and-trade emission permits in the initiative. The handbook will be submitted to CIGI in November.

“We’re excited to receive this award,” said Carmody.

“The project builds on our long-standing relationship with the Case Western Reserve School of Law through the Canada-U.S. Law Institute and is particularly important at a time of continuing concern about climate change and unsettled conditions between our two countries. We look forward to getting students working together on both sides of the border.”

Erika Chamberlain, dean of Western’s law school was pleased by the grant.

“This is an exciting opportunity for professor Carmody and our student researchers to engage in cross-border research and collaboration,” she said.

“Their work will help to shape the future of climate policy in our two nations.”