International Law in a Time of Scarcity: An Introduction
11 Pages Posted: 2 May 2015 Last revised: 25 Oct 2015
Date Written: May 1, 2015
Stories of scarcity litter the morning newspapers. Around the world, resources — food, water, fuel sources, clean air — seem stretched to, or even beyond, capacity. Consequences have already been serious, including suffering and unrest. Competition for resources seems likely only to increase. Does international law have the tools to manage or even solve this growing global problem? It was with this question in mind that the editors of the Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law convened their 2012 symposium: “International Law in a Time of Scarcity.”
This short essay serves as introduction to that symposium and the related issue of the Journal. It lays out an initial description of the problem of scarcity and asks a series of questions aimed at framing any future response. How should scarcity be defined? What is the “problem” of scarcity? Is “scarcity” even the right frame? It also highlights the contributions of participants in the symposium and summarizes the articles included in this issue.
Keywords: international law, environment, natural resources, commodities, food, energy, water, governance
JEL Classification: K32, K33
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