Eleventh Annual Grotius Lecture Response: Commentary on Achim Steiner's 2009 Grotius Lecture
9 Pages Posted: 16 Mar 2013
Date Written: 2010
This commentary discusses the impact of the 2009 Grotius Lecture delivered by Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the United Nations Environmental Program (“UNEP”). The commentary elaborates on a fundamental lesson of the lecture: law can be a conduit for transformative economic change. The commentary emphasizes the need for international entities such as UNEP to address global environmental crises that result from pollution largely generated by industrial countries. The commentary encourages leaders to consider these environmental challenges as possible threats to human rights.
Keywords: Achim Steiner, United Nations Environmental Program, UNEP, pollution, environmental rights, industrial countries, human rights
JEL Classification: K32, K33
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