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“Governing the Global Commons: International Environmental Law” – Kevin Doran

Date: April 13, 2013

Speaker: Professor Kevin Doran

Position: Assistant Research Professor at Renewable & Sustainable Energy Institute,

University of Colorado at Boulder

Topic: “Governing the Global Commons: International Environmental Law”

Venue: Chan Shun Hall

Attendance: 28


Presentation: Doran provided background for the principles of sustainable development, the precautionary principle, & the polluter pays restitution idea before explaining the two approaches (mitigation & adaptation) to global warming.  He highlighted the successes & failures of key global climate conferences from 1972 to 2013 with emphasis on the Stockholm Conference (1972), UN Convention on Law of the Sea (1990), Earth Summit (1992), Kyoto Protocol (1997-2005), Copenhagen Accord (2009), Cancun Agreement (2010), Durban Platform (2011), Doha Negotiations (2012), & Kyoto Protocol #2 (2013-20).  His conclusions raised probing scientific, economic, & ethical questions to consider.

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