Prof. Hilal Elver is a Research Professor, and co-director of the Project on Global Climate Change, Human Security, and Democracy housed at the Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has a law degree, a Ph.D. from the University of Ankara Law School, and SJD from the UCLA Law School. She started her teaching career at the University of Ankara Faculty of Law. During this period, she was also appointed by the Turkish government as the founding legal advisor of the Ministry of Environment, and the General Director of Women’s Status. In 1994, she was appointed to the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) Chair in Environmental Diplomacy at the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies, University of Malta. Since 1996 she has been teaching at several Universities in the United States and abroad. Throughout her career, she has done extensive work with national and international human rights NGOs. She has written numerous chapters in books and articles in academic journals ranging from Global Justice, New Constitutionalism, Secularism, women’s rights, water rights, environmental security, climate change diplomacy and food security. She was appointed Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food by the Human Rights Council in May 20014 and assumed her functions on 2 June 2014.
Prof. Franck Lecocq is lecturer at AgroParisTech, and director of International Center for Environment and Development (CIRED). His research focuses on the economics of climate change, including, inter alia, inter and intra-generational equity, relationships between climate change and development, carbon markets, and the role of forests in climate policy. Franck Lecocq is a lead author of the IPCC 4th and 5th Assessment Reports (Working Group III). He is also a member of the French Economic Council for Sustainable Development. Before joining CIRED, Franck was deputy director of the Laboratory of Forestry Economics in Nancy, France, and economist at the World Bank Development Economics Research Group (DECRG). Franck Lecocq is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique, holds a PhD in economics from ENGREF and an habilitation to supervise research from Universite Paris Dauphine.