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Environmental Law in an Era of Globalization
On behalf of the Department of Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Sciences and the Department of Management, you are invited you to the lecture "Environmental Law in an Era of Globalization" by Dr. Robert Percival, Director, Environmental Law Program, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, Maryland, USA.
The following will be covered in the lecture:
Beginning with the 1972 UN Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm, the nations of the world have embarked on an ambitious effort to develop international law to protect the planet's environment. The most noted success of international environmental law has been the 1987 Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. While the use of comprehensive, multilateral treaties to protect the environment continues, as illustrated by the 2013 Minimata Convention on Mercury, "bottom up" approaches to environmental law now are increasing in importance. Growing public concern for the environment has become a global phenomenon and a major political force contributing to the rapid growth of environmental law throughout the world. Environmental protection has now become an important function of government in countries with distinctly different legal systems and political traditions. Many countries, including those in the developing world, are now borrowing important elements of environmental law that have succeeded elsewhere. As countries upgrade their regulatory standards to respond to environmental concerns, changes in environmental law are occurring at a rapid pace, reshaping legal systems in some parts of the world.
This lecture is part of the IDS 294 Environment Law course, Collaborative Undergraduate Teaching Across Disciplines.