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U.N. Sustainability Development Goals: Forward Thinking for a Just and Equitable Future

U.N. Sustainability Development Goals: Forward Thinking for a Just and Equitable Future

DATE: Thursday, November 4 2021
TIME: 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
LOCATION: College of Law and Virtual Event
COST: Free and open to the public
1 hour CLE (pending)

Wallace Stegner Center Green Bag Series


Professor Bob Adler will discuss the importance of Sustainability Development Goal 6 (Water and Sanitation), and its importance to human life and dignity as well as environment sustainability. He will describe the indicators used to measure attainment of the goal, U.S. progress toward attainment, and recommended measures to accelerate progress in this area. He will also discuss ways in which progress toward meeting SDG 6 has been dramatically uneven in the United States and globally, raising important issues of water justice.

Professor Erika George will examine Sustainable Development Goal 17 on the creation of global partnerships to promote sustainable development Goal 17 aims to encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, by building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships. She will discuss how business enterprises and multi-stakeholder initiatives have implemented strategies to advance sustainability providing an overview of the UN Global Compact.

Dean Elizabeth Kronk Warner will explore Sustainability Development Goal 7, which focuses on clean and reliable energy sources.  She will begin with an overview to SDG 7, and an update on how implementation of SDG 7 is going globally.  Following this overview, she will explore implementation in the United States and innovative steps being taken by states and tribes.  She will conclude with a discussion of what the Biden Administration has done in compliance with SDG 7.”

For questions about this event contact Kris (801) 585-3440.


Robert Adler, Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
In his teaching and scholarship, Dean Adler’s goal is “to stimulate more interdisciplinary work in this increasingly global world … [and] to prepare students for that world in an environment that changes almost continuously, and which demands skills that go far beyond what has been traditionally taught in law schools.” As a scholar, Professor Adler urges a broader, more holistic approach to the restoration and protection of aquatic and other ecosystems than is used in traditional environmental laws alone, which focus on discrete kinds of environmental harm. He also explores the many ways in which environmental law and water law will have to respond to a rapidly changing climate. After completing a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, Dean Adler practiced environmental law for 15 years. He has published dozens of articles and reports in law, policy, and science journals. He has published two books with Island Press, one on the history and impact of the Clean Water Act and the other on restoring Colorado River ecosystems. He also published an environmental law casebook with Wolters-Kluwer Publishers, co-authored with David Driesen and Kirsten Engel and now in its second edition, and recently published a water law casebook with Professor Robin Craig (also on the Quinney law faculty) and Professor Noah Hall from Wayne State. Dean Adler teaches courses in environmental law and water law, as well as civil procedure. He loves to spend time in Utah’s outdoors, and has completed the Wasatch 100 and Bear 100 trail races through Utah’s beautiful mountains.


""Erika George is the Director of the Tanner Humanities Center and the Samuel D. Thurman Professor of Law at the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. George earned a bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of Chicago and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she served as articles editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. She also holds a master’s degree in international relations from the University of Chicago. Prior to joining the S.J. Quinney College of Law, George served as a law clerk for Judge William T. Hart on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, as a litigation associate for the law firms of Jenner & Block in Chicago and Coudert Brothers LLP in New York City, and as a fellow and later consultant to Human Rights Watch. Her research focuses on human rights and international law.  Her book Incorporating Rights, forthcoming from Oxford University Press, examines strategies to advance corporate accountability.

George has testified before the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and is a leading voice on conversations about equity, diversity, and inclusion on the U campus and in our community. She is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and is a member of the Executive Board of the American Bar Association Center for Human Rights. She served as the 2019-2020 Presidential Leadership Fellow under U President Ruth Watkins and previously served as interim director of its Barbra and Norman Tanner Center for Human Rights.


Elizabeth Kronk Warner is the Jefferson and Rita Fordham Presidential Dean and Professor of Law at the S.J. Quinney College of Law.  She is a nationally-recognized expert on issues falling within the intersection of environmental/energy and Indian law, and has written several books and numerous law journal articles on these topics.  She is a citizen of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.