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Ann Powers: Regardless –

The preliminary work of the conference came to a conclusion Tuesday and the UNCSD has begun.  The signs are obvious — traffic is even more snarled, the police presence more pronounced, red bereted soldiers with automatic weapons patrol Copacabana beach, black cars flying national flags snake through the streets ferrying diplomats to their meetings, and […]

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Dean Emeritus Richard Ottinger comments on an announcement from the UN Secretary-General’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative, which will be holding a High Level Side Event today: It is very encouraging to see that countries are making significant new contributions to assist developing countries with renewable energy development.   The environmental community salutes the contributors for […]

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Dr. Catherine Tinker is a friend and former adjunct professor of Pace Law School.  She directed the first grants for Pace’s Brazil exchange program, and participated in the historic 1992 Earth Summit. She has also taught international environmental law and other environmental courses at a number of law schools in the U.S. as well as Brazil.   […]

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Brazilian lawyer Lia Helena Monteiro de Lima Demange holds an LL.M. degree from Pace Law School.  This is her report from the World Meeting of Environmental Jurists, held at the Rio Botanical Garden on June 15. There was a ubiquitous feeling among the jurists that no effective commitments will come out of the final Declaration of Rio+20.  However, many lecturers put […]

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Stanley Johnson of the Guardian quoted Professor Robinson at the World Congress on Justice, Law, and Environmental Sustainability in his recent blog entry: “Prof[essor] Nicholas Robinson, a former chairman of IUCN’s Commission on Environmental Law, said: ‘It is probably utopic to expect that judges by themselves will be able to solve the environmental problems of […]

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Patrick Brosnan is a Pace Law 3L who took the UN Diplomacy Practicum course this spring and was asked by the UN Mission to Grenada to represent their views at Rio+20.  His brief note: Made it safe and sound and jumped right into the action. On the bus ride here, I was chatting with Hasna […]

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Professor Robinson is currently involved in the UNEP World Congress on Justice, Governance and Law for Environmental Sustaiability. The meeting schedule and photos of the event by IISD are available at www.iisd.ca/uncsd/rio20/unepwc/  His report on yesterday’s meeting: Judges agreed that there is a need for building the capacity of environmental courts and tribunals, and that […]

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Nick Robinson: UNEP Congress

Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director, opened the World Congress on Justice, Governance and Law for Sustainable Development, at the Tribunal de Justica (the Supreme Court) of the State of Rio de Janeiro. He noted that the 5th Global Environment Report of UNEP showed deteriorating conditions and that recognizing environmental rights was being acknowledged as a […]

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The negotiating text released June 16th by the Brazilian chair of the CSD has 287 paragraphs. It consists of agreements in the prior negotiations (agreed ad ref) and many efforts to restate acceptable past agreements. This text goes beyond agreeing to reaffirm the importance of decisions in other contexts (Part V recounts a framework for […]

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It’s hard to know what to say about the first week of Rio+20.  The PrepCom ended as it had begun, with a bloated document running over two-hundred pages, and hundreds of  brackets reflecting areas of disagreement. This came after weeks of “informal-informal” negotiations at the UN.  With the end of the PrepCom the co-chairs turned […]

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