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Breaking the Environmental Logjam: The International Dimension

NYU Environmental Law Journal, Vol. 17, No. 1, 2008

Breaking the Logjam: Environmental Reform for the New Congress and Administration Paper

18 Pages Posted: 26 Mar 2009  

Daniel C. Esty

Yale Law School

Abstract

The need to reframe environmental law is great, not only domestically but internationally, where an effective worldwide response to issues that transcend national borders is urgently required. This article reviews the performance of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and other international bodies and urges their replacement with a new, streamlined international body: a Global Environment Organization that is more focused, network-based, and largely virtual. The GEO would address problems of global scale that transcend national boundaries, including management of the oceans, atmosphere, and other global commons resources. It would serve as a convening authority, engaging not only governments but also civil society at large, including business and NGO leaders, with the aim of mobilizing technological and policy innovation for environmental protection. The author also urges adoption of innovation as a fifth logjam principle, and broad adoption of global price-based incentive systems to address global environmental problems.

Suggested Citation

Esty, Daniel C., Breaking the Environmental Logjam: The International Dimension. NYU Environmental Law Journal, Vol. 17, No. 1, 2008; Breaking the Logjam: Environmental Reform for the New Congress and Administration Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1368386

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