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The search for a ‘legally binding’ climate response

Andrew Guzman quoted in Business Spectator, May 1, 2015

As Berkeley law professor Andrew Guzman has observed, “developing a reputation for compliance with international law allows states to capture larger gains from international cooperation.”

Suddenly Europe’s far right loves human rights courts

Andrew Guzman and Katerina Linos write for The Huffington Post Blog, July 8, 2014

We see no perfect solution to the problem of human rights backsliding. This is not good news, but it is surely better to recognize the risk than to ignore it. Turning a blind eye to the potential for backsliding and assuming that international agreements and courts can only lead to improved human rights is surely more dangerous than acknowledging the fact that reality is more complex.

International law programs prepare students for a global career

Andrew Guzman cited in U.S. News & World Report, May 14, 2014

A school that’s invested in training students for international law will likely offer a variety of courses within this topic, experts say. At Berkeley, students can take classes such as public international law, human rights and humanitarian law, international trade, international investment law or myriad other classes, Guzman says. It all depends on what kind of law career they want to have and their interests.

UC Berkeley School of Law to offer its first interactive online course

Andrew Guzman and Susan Gluss quoted in The Daily Californian and The Wallstreeter, April 8, 2014

“The material (will be) analogous to a physical classroom and in many ways will resemble the same classes one would expect to take at Boalt,” said professor Andrew Guzman, associate dean of the UC Berkeley School of Law’s advanced degree program, who was deeply involved in the project’s development. “However, the form in which it is done will be quite different.”

“Online education is new and still developing, and the field is changing quickly. We don’t know yet how extensive our program might be,” said Susan Gluss, a spokesperson for the law school, in an email. “But we do know that online education has the potential to greatly increase access to education. It’s a tool to help us reach new students in the U.S. and worldwide.”

Obama and Congress must fight climate change like they do terrorism

Andrew Guzman writes for The Christian Science Monitor, June 25, 2013

The word “tax” is taboo in this Congress, at least in the House. But a carbon tax should be welcomed because it gets directly at the problem, carbon. It will change behavior—from consumers to businesses—without restrictive or cumbersome regulation. It will reduce the use of fossil fuels, encourage the development of renewables, and generate revenue that can be used to reduce the deficit, fund other programs, or be reimbursed to the public.

$1.63 billion Toyota class-action settlement near

Andrew Bradt quoted in Orange County Register, June 24, 2013 (registration required)

“It is certainly a very large settlement for this sort of case,” said Andrew Bradt, assistant professor of law and an expert on complex and multi-district litigation at the University of California, Berkeley…. “Toyota had advanced potentially viable defenses here, but what it signals is that rather than face the uncertainty of litigation, it made the most economic sense for them to obtain closure through the settlement.”

The dangers of climate chanage

Andrew Guzman interviewed by Current TV, The War Room, June 20, 2013

“There’s a sense that people have that climate change is a scientific topic, which obviously it is, but it’s also a social topic; how we respond to it is something that economists and law scholars look at all the time.”

The heat is on; can we turn it off?

Andrew Guzman quoted in Men’s Health, May 24, 2013

“Eventually, in this century, a very large share of [glaciers and snowpack] will shrink to the point of no longer being of value as water-storage tools. For the first time in human history you have cut off that water supply, or at least dramatically diminished its value. More flooding in wet periods. More drought in dry periods. California’s going to have a water crisis by 2050.”

Even in the best-case scenario, climate change will kick our asses

Andrew Guzman quoted in Grist, May 9, 2013

“We know where people go when they lose their land: They go to cities, and they go to refugee camps,” Guzman says. “So the Bangladeshi cities that remain are going to be overrun and crumbling. Just think of the sewage system alone.” Lest you think no one has considered what might happen next, in recent years India has increased security along the border with Bangladesh…. “So how much violence are you prepared to use to keep that border secure? It’s not at all clear to me that the border can remain intact.”

Consumer climates: climate change and its political repercussions

Andrew Guzman’s book cited in The Nation, May 8, 2013

Guzman’s insights about the vulnerabilities of states and societies to the competing needs of their populations expose the other major pressure point in the generally optimistic picture presented by the three agency reports: the mounting expectations of millions of new middle-class consumers in search of the goods and amenities promised by years of mass-market advertising and flamboyant political pronouncements.

‘Overheated: The Human Cost of Climate Change’ by Andrew Guzman

Andrew Guzman’s book reviewed by The Washington Post, May 3, 2013

With lines like “The changing climate will create a world of people dying of thirst and hunger,” ‘Overheated’ can be a hard book to read. But its strength lies in its clear-eyed assessment of the costs involved in various policy responses to the issue. “There should be no mistaking the fact that this will involve some economic sacrifice,” he writes…. Unless we impose a higher price on carbon, he warns, “we will trigger human tragedy on a scale the world has never seen.”

Earth Day: 12 intriguing new environmental books

Andrew Guzman’s book reviewed by USA Today, April 25, 2013

This book is a cautionary tale of what will happen if the world warms by 2 degrees Celsius, a fairly optimistic scientific prediction. Guzman, a law professor at the University of California-Berkeley, says it could incite terrorism as groups fight for scarcer resources, cause island nations to disappear, and displace millions of people to refugee camps where infectious disease could spread.

What global warming looks like on the ground

Andrew Guzman interviewed by KPFA FM, Up Front, March 25, 2013

Climate change is often thought of as a scientific topic, which it is, but it’s a lot more than that. Once we acknowledge that there are changes to our physical world as a result of climate change, there’s another step: What’s it going to do to human beings? What’s it going to do to you and me?

UC Berkeley prof, author sounds alarm on climate change

Andrew Guzman quoted in San Jose Mercury News, March 21, 2013

“A conservative assumption is that we will see a rise in global temperature of 2 degrees Celsius in this century,” Guzman said. He said that type of rise in global temperature will kill hundreds of millions and “badly damage” billions of people. “Those numbers are alarming, but that is because we should be alarmed,” he said.

How a drought in China may have helped spark the Arab Spring

Andrew Guzman quoted in The Toronto Star, March 5, 2013

“We will have more droughts, more floods, and they will be more severe,” Guzman says. Historically, big droughts were far apart, maybe as much as a 100 years between two. “Now, they happen often and they have global impact.” Future conflicts, says Guzman, will be caused by, or become worse because of, climate change.

‘Overheated: The Human Cost of Climate Change’

Andrew Guzman interviewed by KQED-FM, Forum with Michael Krasny, February 21, 2013

“It struck me that being an international law professor and not working on this particular international problem is a little bit like being a European military expert in 1939 and not being interested in Nazi Germany; this seems very central. It soon became clear to me that the main hurdle to further progress on climate change was that the public didn’t have a complete sense of how severe the problem was.”

Impact of climate change

Andrew Guzman interviewed by KRON4-TV, News Weekend, February 10, 2013

“Close to 30 percent of that [Sierra] snowpack should be gone by 2050. If you think of how much water that provides us, and you know that our population in California is growing, the arithmetic of water in California just doesn’t work.”

Climate change and the shrinking Mississippi

Andrew Guzman writes for Huffington Post, January 9, 2013

The United States is in the midst of one of the worst droughts in American history. One consequence is that the water level of the Mississippi River has fallen to the point where the river itself may have to be shut down to shipping traffic. What would a shutdown mean? Well, consider that 60 percent of all grain exported from the United States travels on the river. Or that over a period of a couple of weeks the river carried goods through St. Louis that would fill 500,000 semi trucks. In other words, we have no workable substitute for the river.

Sandy and sewage: why we underestimate the costs of climate change

Andrew Guzman writes for The Huffington Post, December 17, 2012

We need to see climate change as more than simply a series of weather events that will cause the same kind of harm that weather always causes…. Each such event puts a strain on the basic infrastructure upon which we rely for our daily lives: sewage, health care, food, water, transportation, communication. Sometimes these systems will be strained enough to fail, and when they do, as happened to sewage systems during Hurricane Sandy, costs (both human and financial) skyrocket.

Andrew Guzman Says International Law Programs Still Evolving

The Huffington Post, February 8, 2011 by John Haffner

As Andrew Guzman, director of graduate programs at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law candidly comments, “I don’t think that law schools, collectively, have figured out what it is they should be doing. A lot of schools are trying different things with the word ‘international’ in them.”