Josephine V. Yam

AI Lawyer & AI Ethicist.
Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Specialist.
Climate Change Advocate.

Climate Change & Environment

Climate Change is a global disaster that has exacerbated social inequalities. Canada can lead sustainable energy development while fulfilling its Paris Treaty climate obligations.

As a Climate Change and Environmental Law specialist, I leverage my expertise to ensure that Canadian laws enable sustainable clean energy development while promoting social justice.

Josephine was interviewed for the Alberta Emerald Awards.

Josephine was interviewed as one of Natural Step Canada's selected Energy Futures Lab Fellows as an environmental law expert.

Josephine Yam. ELC Green Regs & Ham

Josephine was emcee of the Environmental Law Centre of Alberta's annual Green Regs and Ham Breakfast event to a sold-out crowd at the University of Calgary.

Josephine Yam. SSHRC.

Josephine was a panelist in the international panel of the Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces to Respond to Climate Change workshop at the University of Toronto.

Master of Laws Thesis "Commodity or Currency: How Carbon Credits Should be Traded"

This paper examines whether carbon credits should be traded like commodities or like currencies to achieve environmental integrity in linked cap-and-trade schemes to achieve carbon mitigation on an international scale.

The European Union Emissions Trading Scheme: Criteria Evaluations & Lessons Learned

This article won First Prize at the 2014 Canadian Institute of Resources Law (CIRL) Student Natural Resources Law Writing Competition. It evaluates the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS)

Climate Change Strategy: The Business Logic Behind Greenhouse Gas: An Article Review

In this review, it will be argued that Hoffman’s paper exploring the reason why corporations pursue voluntary greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction projects, particularly in order to achieve competitive advantage, is a substantive but incomplete piece of research.

Canada Exercises Legal Right to Withdraw from Kyoto Protocol

This article was originally published by the American Bar Association (ABA)'s Energy, Environment and Resources Section.

Clean Development Mechanism: An Effective Market Mechanism for EU ETS Compliance

This article discusses why the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of the Kyoto Protocol is integral to the European Union (EU)’s Emission Trading System (ETS), despite the criticisms hurled against it.

The Negative Impacts of a Regulatory Command-and-Control Approach to Greenhouse Gas Reduction in the United States

This article discusses three detrimental impacts on private industry resulting from the U.S. government’s shift to a command‐and‐control approach from a market-based approach in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as the U.S. inescapably enters a carbon-constrained world.

A Case Study on Bombardier: Challenges and Opportunities To Sustainable Mobility

This article shows that Bombardier, a global transportation company, currently faces a plethora of challenges that beset the global aerospace and rail industries.

Cap-and-Trade Scheme as Preferred Carbon Price Policy for Canada

This article discusses why a cap-and-trade scheme, rather than a carbon tax, is the preferred carbon price policy for Canada.

Singapore Manages Traffic Congestion through its Vehicle Quota System

This article discusses how Singapore has managed traffic congestion by restricting vehicle ownership through its unique Vehicle Quota System (VQS). The VQS is an innovative road transport policy that contributes to Singapore’s world- class transportation system.

The Varying Effects of Government Policy on the Wind Power Industry: A Comparison between the United States and China

This article discusses the major renewable energy policies of the United States and China and compare how effective they have been in developing the wind power industries in these jurisdictions.

A Comparative Analysis of Brazilian Sugarcane Ethanol and U.S. Corn Ethanol Using the Sustainability Framework

This article aims to provide a comparative analysis of Brazilian sugarcane ethanol and U.S. corn ethanol using the three fundamental dimensions of the sustainability development framework, namely, environmental, social and economic sustainability

Thermal Recycling of Plastic Solid Waste: Advantages and Disadvantages

This article discusses the thermal recycling of plastic solid waste (PSW) as an environmentally sustainable method for the disposal of PSW, including the advantages and disadvantages that it presents.

Challenges Facing the Commercial Implementation of Algae as Biofuel Feedstock

This article discusses some of the challenges that beset the commercial implementation of algae as a biofuel feedstock.

Effective Government Policies Drive Wind Power Development in China

This article discusses how China’s renewable energy policies have been very effective in creating a very robust wind power industry. Because the Chinese government has taken a central role in stimulating the country’s development of wind power, China is now a world leader in the global wind power industry.

Employer-Supported Volunteering: A Triple Win for a Sustainable World

Wave Energy Industry: The Role of Government in Accelerating its Development

This article discusses the crucial role that government plays in accelerating the development of wave energy as part of its clean energy portfolio strategy towards a low-carbon economy.

Concentrated Solar Power: Opportunities and Obstacles in a Low-Carbon Economy

This article discusses the opportunities and obstacles that beset concentrated solar power in this low-carbon economy.