The course, Business & Climate Change, taught by Mr. Laurent Develle, aims at preparing law & business students, future business leaders, lawyers, lawmakers and entrepreneurs for an understanding of how business can navigate through this new and constantly changing climate change legal and regulatory paradigm, but also how sustainability challenges open up new sources of potential solutions and innovation, economic opportunities and social development, for example in the renewable energy, commodities & food industries, but also in the rapidly growing oceans-related economy. Students will be exposed to unconventional thinking beyond business-as-usual and will explore perspectives and practical experiences gained in the “battle field”, which redefine business strategies as being driven by sustainability challenges.
The course will also provide the students with legal knowledge and expertise, including innovative concepts, new legal climate justice trends, legal and impact financing tools for tackling global issues, new corporate mission-driven business models, etc., to becoming impactful leaders, lawyers and entrepreneurs committed to making a difference, and thereby enhancing their career opportunities.
Laurent Develle is an international business lawyer with in-depth expertise in the legal, transactional, regulatory, impact financing, compliance and governance aspects of corporate sustainable development topics. He advises businesses, executive teams and boards of directors, particularly in the fields of energy & renewables, sustainable transportation, commodities & shipping, as well as food, fishing and agriculture value chains. With 20+ years of legal and compliance experience across continents, including over 12 years spent working in Asia, as well as a dual background in leading US/UK law firms (equity partner responsible for M&A and Environmental Asian Desks) and as Group General Counsel in various industries and governance environments, he teaches this course with cross-cultural sensitivities and takes a practical and business-like approach to issues at stake. Going beyond a strict lawyer’s approach, he believes in the benefits of a transdisciplinary approach to resolve the current sustainability challenges and the opportunities of innovation, for example in the rapidly growing field of oceans conservation and sustainable use “Blue Economy”, a field in which he is actively involved as a legal expert at the IUCN, an advisor at Boston-based BlueTech incubator Sea-Ahead and a speaker at various international conferences.
LL.M. in International Business Law at the University of Lausanne