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Environmentalist, International Affairs Expert to Present 7th Annual John James Lecture

August 27, 2007

Richard L. Cameron
(478) 301-5500

MACON — Environmentalist and international affairs expert Sir Crispin Tickell will present “Environment on the Edge” at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the Seventh Annual John E. James Distinguished Lecture. The presentation will take place in the Moot Court Room of Mercer's Walter F. George School of Law in Macon.


The program is free and open to the public.


Tickell is Director of the Policy Foresight Programme at the James Martin Institute for Science and Civilization at Oxford University. Tickell understood early on that there was a link between climate change and world affairs, in 1977, he wrote Climate Change and World Affairs. Most of Tickell’s career was in Britain’s Diplomatic Service, but he has written and lectured extensively on environmental issues and international affairs and held a number of prestigious appointments and positions in environmental groups. He is associated with other British universities as well as universities in the United States. He has been published in many books on environmental issues (including human population problems and conservation of biodiversity). He was a member of two government task forces: one on Urban Regeneration, the other on Potentially Hazardous Near Earth Objects. He has received many honors and distinctions.


In the Diplomatic Service, he served as Chef de Cabinet to the President of the European Commission, ambassador to Mexico, permanent secretary of the Overseas Development Administration and British Permanent Representative to the United Nations. Following that service, he became warden of Green College, Oxford, and was chancellor of the University of Kent. Among other appointments of notoriety, he was president of the Royal Geographical Society; chairman of the Board of the Climate Institute of Washington, D.C.; convenor of the Government Panel on Sustainable Development; a trustee of the Baring Foundation; inaugural senior visiting fellow at the Harvard University Center for the Environment, and advisor-at-large to the president of Arizona State University since 2002. Since 1992, he has been a member of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development and, since 2007, president of Tree Aid.


In addition to Climate Change and World Affairs, which was republished in 1986, Tickell wrote the book Mary Anning of Lyme Regis, published in 1996.

About the John James Lecture:
Macon attorney and Mercer Law School alumnus John E. James created this Distinguished Lecture Series as an opportunity for Mercer Law School students and other citizens in the community to hear from some of the world's renowned legal orators. The lecture series is facilitated with the assistance of Lord Gordon Slynn of Hadley and the lecture series committee composed of The Honorable Tommy Day Wilcox, The Honorable Hugh Lawson, Robert F. Hatcher, Candi Nobles James, M.D., and Mercer Law School Dean Daisy Hurt Floyd.


Previous lecturers in the John E. James Distinguished Lecture Series have included Professor Jean Yves de Cara, 2006; Imam Feisel Abdul Rauf, 2005; The Right Honorable the Baroness Scotland of Asthal QC, 2004; Baron Walter van Gerven, 2003; The Honorable Louise Arbour, 2002; and The Right Honourable Gordon Slynn of Hadley, 2001.


About Mercer University and the School of Law:

Founded in 1873, Mercer's School of Law is one of the oldest law schools in the country. Named for Walter F. George, a 1901 graduate of Mercer's Law School who went on to become a justice of the Georgia State Supreme Court and later a U.S. Senator, the Law School has a rich and distinguished history.


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