Rio + 20 side event on Legal Frameworks for Sustainable Development
Professor Jorge Viñuales of the Center for International Environmental Studies (CIES), Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, is co-organising an official civil society side-event on 20-21 June 2012 during the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD).
The other convening partners include:
• The Getulio Vargas Foundation, Program on Law and Environment (PDMA FGV)
• Pace Law School Environmental Program
• Brazilian American Institute for Law and the Environment (BAILE)
• International Development Law Organization (IDLO)
• Center for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL)
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, identifying elements of the agenda for legal reforms and innovations beyond 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:
(1) How do trade, environment and development rules intersect?
(2) How can states create effective and equitable incentives to support sustainable practices and investments in a green economy?
(3) How are these legal barriers to a green economy, such as perverse subsidies, taxes, and other fiscal instruments, being addressed?
(4) How can laws and legal instruments drive technological transfer and innovation?
(5) 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:
(1) What has been the evolution of the Rio Principles in the international treaties related to sustainable development?
(2) What kind of reforms in the institutional framework are required to achieve sustainable development?
(3) What mechanisms exist to ensure accountability for the achievement of sustainable development commitments?
(4) What are leading legal tools to enforce and monitor compliance with international sustainable development obligations?
(5) How have international courts and tribunals begun to recognize and interpret the Rio Principles in their judgments?
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).
Support is also provided by the United Nations University (UNU-IAS) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB).