Sterry Waterman Lecture: Harold Koh

1 Mar 2018

Sterry Waterman Lecture: Harold Koh

5:30pm - 7:30pm

Harold Koh

"The Future of the Paris Climate Change Agreement after Trump"

Harold Hongju Koh

Sterling Professor of International Law

Yale Law School


In November 2016, just days before the election of Donald Trump, the historic Paris Climate Change Agreement came into force for 191 signatories, including the United States. On June 1, 2017, over visible dissent within his own administration, now-President Trump announced his intent that the United States "withdraw" from the Paris Agreement. But it remains unclear precisely what legal meaning that withdrawal announcement has, given that the earliest the United States can legally withdraw under the terms of the Paris Agreement is November 4, 2020, the day after the next U.S. presidential election. In his 2018 Waterman Lecture, Harold Hongju Koh, Sterling Professor of International Law and former Dean of Yale Law School, who served as State Department Legal Adviser under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, asks, "What is the future of the Paris Agreement after Trump? Is it doomed, or in Humphrey Bogart's words, will we always have Paris?"