International Law in a Time of Scarcity: An Introduction

11 Pages Posted: 2 May 2015 Last revised: 25 Oct 2015

See all articles by Harlan Grant Cohen

Harlan Grant Cohen

University of Georgia School of Law; University of Georgia - Dean Rusk International Law Center

Date Written: May 1, 2015

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Cohen, Harlan Grant, International Law in a Time of Scarcity: An Introduction (May 1, 2015). Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law, Vol. 42, 2013; UGA Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2015-10; Dean Rusk International Center Research Paper No. 2015-05. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2601369

Harlan Grant Cohen (Contact Author)

University of Georgia School of Law ( email )

Hirsch Hall
Athens, GA 30602
United States
706-542-5166 (Phone)

University of Georgia - Dean Rusk International Law Center ( email )

100 Herty Drive
Athens, GA 30602-6018
United States

Register to save articles to
your library

Register

Paper statistics

Downloads
205
Abstract Views
562
rank
148,187
PlumX Metrics