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Public lecture on Current Challenges in International Environmental Governance

  • Prof. Bharat Desai
Tuesday 19 July 2016
Leiden University - Location Schouwburgstraat
Schouwburgstraat 2
2511 VA The Hague

The global challenge of the environment requires robust, fair and democratic structures of 'governance'. There has been concerted process at work since 1997 to address this challenge under the rubric of international environmental governance (IEG). There have been intergovernmental negotiations guided by the political organ of the United Nations, the General Assembly. Under the supervision of the UNGA, its subsidiary organ - UN Environment Program - has sought to address the issue through the executive organ - Governing Council. This organ itself has undergone metamorphosis in the form of UN Environment Assembly in 2013. The presentation will seek to provide a 'guided tour' of the IEG. It will focus in on three concrete issues: (i) upgrading UNEP into a 'specialized agency' called UNEPO (ii) revival of the UN Trusteeship Council to address global commons and the environment (iii) sorting out the maze of 'multilateral environment agreements'.

Register here before Monday 18 July 2016.

Professor Dr. Bharat H. Desai holds the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru Chair in International Environmental Law as well as is Professor of International Law at Centre for International Legal Studies in School of International Studies of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
He serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Yearbook of International Environmental Law (OUP: UK) and Chairman of Centre for Advanced Study on Courts & Tribunals (India).


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