Legal Frameworks for Sustainable Development Rio+20 Official Side-Event
This event is organised by PDMA-FGV DIREITO RIO, the Centre for International Environmental Studies (CIES), The Graduate Institute, Geneva, The Pace Law School, The Brazilian American Institute for Law and the Environment (BAILE), the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) and the Center for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL)
Professor Jorge Viñuales of the Center for International Environmental Studies (CIES) of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies is co-organizing an official civil society side-event on 20-21 June 2012 during the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD).
Confirmed speakers include
Carlos Correa, UBA/South Centre
Joost Pauwelyn, the Graduate Institute, Geneva
Jorge E. Viñuales, the Graduate Institute, Geneva
Catherine Redgwell, UCL
Elisa Morgera, Edinburgh
David Cassuto, Pace
Ann Powers, Pace
Dan Farber, Berkeley
Romulo Sampaio, FGV
Carina de Oliveira, FGV
Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger, IDLO/CISDL
Sarah Mason-Case, IDLO
The event – to take place at FGV Rio de Janeiro offices – will gather an international group of high-level speakers from both academic and policy worlds. Speakers will discuss developments in the legal frameworks supporting sustainable development since the first Rio Conference in 1992 and also look forward, setting an agenda for post Rio+20. Two days of panel sessions will be organized according to the two main topics of the Conference.
Under the first theme, Designing equitable rules for green growth, questions to be addressed include:
How do trade, environment and development rules intersect?
How can states create effective and equitable incentives to support sustainable practices and investments in a green economy?
How are these legal barriers to a green economy, such as perverse subsidies, taxes, and other fiscal instruments, being addressed?
How can laws and legal instruments drive technological transfer and innovation?
What legal and institutional frameworks support the innovative green financing?
Issues to be discussed under the second theme, The Role of Law in International and National Governance for Sustainable Development, include:
What has been the evolution of the Rio Principles in the international treaties related to sustainable development?
What kind of reforms in the institutional framework are required to achieve sustainable development?
What mechanisms exist to ensure accountability for the achievement of sustainable development commitments?
What are leading legal tools to enforce and monitor compliance with international sustainable development obligations?
How have international courts and tribunals begun to recognize and interpret the Rio Principles in their judgments?
More information about the full programme
With support from
United Nations University (UNU) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)
Venue: FGV Direito Rio