Most legal scholarship concerning climate engineering has remained within the international domain. Yet national, subnational, and European law & policy will likely be relevant sooner and will be more applicable. This session will clarify the relationship between these forms of law & policy and both solar and carbon climate engineering.
Dr. Jesse Reynolds is a scholar of international environmental policy. He researches and teaches how society can develop rules and institutions to manage environmental problems, particularly those involving new technologies. While his approach is centered within international environmental law, he draws from diverse disciplines, including international relations and economics. Dr. Reynolds is a postdoctoral researcher at the Utrecht Centre for Water, Oceans and Sustainability Law of the Utrecht University School of Law in The Netherlands. He obtained his Ph.D. in international public law from Tilburg University; his Master’s in environmental policy from the University of California, Berkeley; and his Bachelor’s in chemistry and environmental sciences from Hampshire College.
Professor Hester teaches environmental law and emerging technology courses at the University of Houston Law Centre. His research focuses on the innovative application of environmental laws to emerging technologies and risks, such as climate engineering, nanotechnologies, genetic modification, advanced renewable power projects, and on novel compliance and liability issues. Prior to joining the University of Houston Law Centre, Prof. Hester served as a partner in Bracewell LLP for sixteen years and led the Houston office's environmental group.
Prof. Hester co-directs the Environment, Energy & Natural Resource Centre's Speaker Series, which annually draws top speakers on energy and environmental topics to the University of Houston campus. He also organizes and assists in the preparation of workshops and symposia on current energy and environmental topics.
Prof. Hester was inducted into the American College of Environmental Lawyers in 2015, elected as a member of the American Law Institute in 2004, and named the Top Environmental Lawyer in Houston in 2011 by Best Lawyers of America. He was also elected to the Council of the American Bar Association’s Section on Environment, Energy and Resources (SEER) in 2011, and he currently co-chairs SEER's new Law Professors Committee.