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OADD 2195 - Proteiform Governance of International Environment (The)

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

In December 2015 the Paris agreement signed in late 2015 was not only a diplomatic achievement, it was also the outcome of an unprecedented show of political power by a broad and diverse coalition of forces from global civil society. The agreement was crafted into being over the previous five years by governments as well as contributions from a civil society “stakeholders” that went from non-governmental organizations such as Avaaz or Greenpeace to scientific, academic and think-tank actors; multinational corporations and transnational businesses such as banks, law firms, accounting firms, rating agencies; global media; religious and spiritual actors; individual moguls; and local and regional governments. The course will retrace the early actions of civil society stakeholders, evaluate their interactions with states and international organizations, and assess future roles of non-state actors in international relations at a time when traditional multilateralism is under attack; conceptual issues will be addressed mostly through case studies. Lectures will impart an organizing framework and technical knowledge, and case discussions will allow students to exercise judgment on real-world situations. Students will be responsible for keeping up to date with international affairs news and their policy implications, which will be also discussed every week. Additional reading beyond the two required essays will be assigned via moodle.


CERISOLA, Anne-Sophie (Responsable du pilotage de la stratégie Europe et international , Ministère de l'agriculture et de l'alimentation)

Course validation

Evaluation will be based on class attendance (10%) participation to a group presentation and discussion (20%), a short 2- page, mid-term paper providing a critical summary of one of the suggested course readings (30%) and a final, 4-page, policy brief (40%).

Required reading

  • Michael Jacobs. 2016. “High Pressure for Low Emissions: How Civil Society Created the Paris Climate Agreement”. The Progressive Review.
  • Barbara Gemmill and Abimbola B. “The Role of NGOs and Civil Society in Global Environmental Governance” in Global Environment Governance, Daniel C. Esty and Maria H. Ivanova, ed. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2002