Monday, December 16, 2013

Event: Evolving Global Environmental Governance, UNU-IAS (19 Dec 2013)

Evolving Global Environmental Governance

Peter M. Haas
Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Venue: Meeting Room 1, UNU-IAS 
Pacifico-Yokohama, 1-1-1 Minato Mirai 
Nishi-ku, Yokohama
Thursday, 19 December 2013, 14:30 - 16:00
(*The date of this event has changed to Thursday, 19 December 2013.
Event Description 
Peter Haas will speak informally about the emergent patterns of international environmental governance, drawing on insights from his current project on the evolution of International Environmental Law. His project seeks to identify the major social forces that are driving international environmental governance. These social forces have emerged as a result of conscious efforts by international institutions like UNEP, the role of scientific experts, and emergent effects of green technology. In some contexts, these actors and processes have contributed significantly to the ability to develop effective governance. In other contexts though, they have been limited by various political and countervailing social forces. The presentation will explore the political context which gave rise to these social forces, the impact they have on the effectiveness of International Environmental Law, and the prospects for the future.

14:30 - 14:35Opening RemarksNorichika Kanie (Senior Research Fellow, UNU-IAS; Associate Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology)
14:35 - 15:20Evolving Global Environmental Governance
Peter M. Haas (Professor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
15:20 - 16:00Discussion
Speaker's Biography 

Peter M. Haas is a professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He received his PhD in 1986 from MIT, and has been at UMASS since 1987. He has had visiting positions at Yale University, Brown, Oxford and the Wissenschaftszentrum, Berlin. He has published on international relations theory, constructivism, international environmental politics, global governance, and the interplay of science and international institutions at the international level.
His recent work focuses on networked governance and the role of science in international environmental regimes. His most recent book is Improving Global Environmental Governance (Routledge 2013), edited with Norichika Kanie and Steinar Andresen. He is presently writing a book on the evolution of multilateral environmental governance since 1972, and a book on epistemic communities. He is the author or co-author of 11 books. He has published 22 peer reviewed articles, and 50 chapters and encyclopedia entries. His work has been published in 7 languages.
He is the author of Global Environmental Governance (Island Press 2006, with Gus Speth); Saving the Mediterranean: The Politics of International Environmental Cooperation (Columbia University Press 1990), the edited Knowledge, Power and International Policy Coordination (University of South Carolina Press 1997),Institutions for the Earth: Sources of Effective International Environmental Protection (MIT Press 1993, edited with Robert O. Keohane and Marc A. Levy), a contributing author to Learning to Manage Global Environmental Risks (2 volumes, MIT Press 2001), co-editor (with Norichika Kanie) of Emerging Forces in Environmental Governance (UNU Press 2004), editor of The International Environment in the New Global Economy (2 volumes, Edward Elgar 2003), International Environmental Governance (Ashgate 2008), and co-editor (with John Hird) of Controversies in Globalization 2nd edition (Sage 2012) as well as numerous peer reviewed articles in journals such as International OrganizationMillenniumGlobal GovernanceJournal of European Public Policy, Environment, Global Environmental Politics, Global Public Policy and Marine Policy.
He has consulted for The Commission on Global Governance; the United Nations Environment Programme; the governments of the United States, France, Switzerland and Portugal; United States National Academy of Sciences; the American Association for the Advancement of Science; and the World Resources Institute. He has received grants from the National Science Foundation, German Marshall Fund, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Institute for the Study of World Politics and the Gallatin Foundation.

Registration is free and open to the public. For further information, please contact UNU-IAS at unuias[at] or 045-221-2300.

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