University of Idaho College of Law Roundtable on International Environmental Governance
Crossing Governance Gaps to Protect the Environment
Thursday April 28-Satuday April 30, 2011
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
Conservationist John Muir once wrote “When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” In a world of climate change, shrinking water tables, and ongoing extinctions, it becomes ever more apparent that all pressing environmental issues are interconnected. Since there are no longer purely local environmental problems, we need international and transnational solutions.
The University of Idaho College of Law’s Natural Resource and Environmental Law Program is proud to be the sponsor of an interdisciplinary roundtable on international environmental governance. This event will bring 10 leading scholars and international policymakers with expertise in international environmental law, political science, environmental science, environmental economics, and international relations together with University of Idaho faculty and alumni for an in-depth dialogue over three pressing themes that mark gaps in international environmental governance.
The first theme will engage participants in examining the gap between the production of scientific research and its translation into legal policy. How can we ensure that ideas generated within scientific disciplines are translated into policymaking? Can policymakers deal with scientific uncertainties? What sort of feedback should there be between the two disciplines?
The second theme will address the gaps between international policymaking and domestic implementation. How unevenly are environmental laws being implemented between States? Is the gap exclusively a problem of financial and technical capacity? How much do State to State differences in government impact the effective implementation of environmental policies?
The third theme will continue an ongoing debate about the role of non-state actors in international environmental policymaking. Since States alone have not been effective in curbing corporate or individual excesses, what roles are there for transnational corporations or non-governmental organizations in making and implementing international policy?
The final portion of the roundtable will bring together these themes and focus specifically on how the United Nations Environmental Programme might be reformed to make it a more effective institution for international environmental governance.
Participants in addition to UI NREL faculty include:
- Dan Bodansky (Arizona State University)
- Rebecca Bratspies (CUNY)
- Ben Cashore (Yale University)
- Peter Haas (University of Massachusetts)
- Shi-Ling Hsu (University of British Columbia), Ken Abbott (Arizona State University)
- Blake Hudson (Stetson University)
- Oran Young (University of California Santa Barbara)