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Professor Ann Powers: Two Pace students, Ann Bermont (’14) and Anthony Papetti (’14), were among those responding to a request by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) for assistance  preparing briefing materials for IUCN’s oral presentation in a case before the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). Case #21 […]

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After two days of workshops and side events focused on teaching and research, the 12th IUCNAEL Colloquium opened officially Wednesday with remarks and greetings from a number of IUCN officials, academic hosts, and local and international dignitaries.  Participants then moved on to the individual breakout sessions that will fill much of the rest of the […]

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Ann Powers: Reflections on Rio

It’s hard to know exactly what to say about Rio, and perhaps much too early to assess its impact.  While no one seems to be declaring the conference a resounding success, some commentators argue that it was a useful undertaking with good results, especially in the area of partnerships and voluntary efforts.  Others deride it […]

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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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The United Nations Environment Programme recently released its fifth Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-5), a report on world progress towards the environmental aspects of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). For those who lack the time to absorb all 525 pages of the report, UNEP provided a shorter trending report, Measuring Progress, which uses approachable charts and succinct text […]

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Green Planet (Planeta Verde)/Jurists’ Conference, held at the Rio Supreme Court on the 16th and 17th On June 16th, Bakary Kante of UNEP exalted the role played by the environment on sustainable development, arguing that the environment is not just one of three pillars because neither economy nor society can exist without the environment. In […]

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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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At 2:30 am on Tuesday morning, the Brazilian delegation announced that the text had been finalized and would be presented in the coming hours. At midday, the plenary agreed on the text ad ref and we have now passed it on to our leaders for the forthcoming UNCSD. While it may not be the first chapter in the “Future […]

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