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BDRO 1765A - Global Environmental Governance

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 40

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

The course is for any student who is interested in the current challenges of the global environmental governance either to serve in international organizations, NGOs, or any other public or private institution, or merely to be able to critically take part in this crucial debate of the 21st century. This course is primarily designed to develop your understanding of the system of global environmental governance that has emerged following the Stockholm Conference in 1972. It will explore institutional structures and norms through which environmental issues are dealt with at the global level. Further, this course will increase opportunities for contributing to environmental awareness as specialists or as citizens, and strengthen your skills in designing and proposing solutions in this field. Since the boundaries of States hardly coincide with those of ecosystems, most environmental issues need to be addressed globally. The course will investigate a variety of topics including the concept of global environmental governance itself, the development of institutions and norms governing the protection of the environment, with special focus on multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs), key principles of international environmental law and policy, cooperation among States and the growing significance of non-state actors (subnational governments, nongovernmental organizations, business and corporations), or the diversity of regulatory approaches and related policy tools. In doing so, we will go through the gradual development of global environmental governance, from the Rio Earth Summit to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Paris Agreement, and the Draft Global Pact for the Environment.


  • AGUILA, Yann (Avocat, directeur du département de droit public, Professeur affilié à Sciences Po)
  • DE BELLIS, Marie-Cécile (Etudiante)

Course validation

Evaluation will consist of an essay due before the end of the term. I will provide a background paper discussing an issue related to the material we have covered in class as a basis for a policy exercise.

Required reading

  • WRI, “International Environmental Governance”, World Resources 2002-2004: Decisions for the Earth: Balance, voice, and power, Washington, DC. 137-172
  • Daniel Bodansky, The Art and Craft of International Environmental Law, Harvard University Press, 2011
  • Bharat H. Desai, International Environmental Governance: towards UNEPO, Brill Nijhoff, 2014
  • Alexandre Kiss and Dinah Shelton, Guide to International Environmental Law, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers 2007

Additional required reading

White Paper, Toward a Global Pact for the Environment, Group of the Experts, 2017