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Sharing Responsibility in International Environmental Law
Wed 26 April 2017, 15:00 – 18:00 BST
Guest Lecture by Andre Nollkaemper, Dean and Professor of Public International Law, Amsterdam Law School, University of Amsterdam, on 'Sharing Responsibility in International Environmental Law: Fundamental Contradictions'
Abstract: It has become commonplace to say that the responsibility to protect the environment is shared between multiple actors, rather than resting on one actor alone. Much of modern international environmental law indeed is based on this premise. However, the idea that responsibility should be shared hides fundamental complexities and contradictions. The lecture will explore one of such contradictions.
On the one hand, shared responsibility stands for the idea that all those who contribute to environmental degradation, exhaustion of natural resources, and so on, should be part of the solution. This proposition may express a sense of fairness and effectiveness. On the other hand, shared responsibility tends to lead to arrangements in which responsibility is divided over so many actors, that the responsibility of each individual actor is diluted. Sharing responsibility then may lead to ‘blame games and buck-passing’. The lecture explores how the contradiction has manifested itself in international environmental law and what ways have been found to resolve it.
At the end of the SCELG Biannual Lecture the following experts will discuss Prof Nollkaemper’s talk from their own perspective of environmental law and governance:
- Prof Ellen Hey, Professor of Public International Law, Erasmus School of Law, Erasmus University Rotterdam
- Prof Elisa Morgera, Professor of Global Environmental Law at the University of Strathclyde Law School
- Dr Francesco Sindico. Reader in International Environmental Law at the University of Strathclyde Law School
Date and Time
Collins Suite (Room CL 205)
Collins Building, University of Strathclyde
22 Richmond Street