F&ES 761a/Law 20548 / 2017-2018

Negotiating International Agreements: The Case of Climate Change

Credits: 2
Fall 2017: M, 2:10-4:00, SLB 111
 

 

Note: First-day attendance is required.

This seminar is a practical introduction to the negotiation of international agreements, with a focus on climate change. Students will learn about the cross-cutting features of international environmental agreements and, through the climate change lens, explore the process of negotiating agreements, the development of national positions, the advocacy of positions internationally, and the many ways in which differences among negotiating countries are resolved. The course will also examine the history and substance of the climate change regime, including, inter alia, the 1992 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, the 2009 Copenhagen Accord, and the 2015 Paris Agreement. Climate change issues in other international fora will also be discuss, e.g., the International Civil Aviation Organization's market-based mechanism to address CO2 emissions from international aviation. Grades will be based on a series of short non-research papers, as well as class participation. Enrollment limited to eighteen to twenty. Permission of the instructor required. Susan Biniaz

Course Bidding: In addition to listing this course among permission-of-the-instructor selections, F&ES students should submit a short statement of interest by July 10 to Prof. Biniaz, (biniazharris@msn.com