Pace Law School to hold Lecture on the Future of International Environmental Law

Dr. Bharat H. Desai of Jawaharial Nehru University in India will be the keynote speaker

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – On October 27, 2003 Pace Law School will host its fourth annual Gilbert and Sarah Kerlin Lecture presented by Dr. Bharat H. Desai, Professor of Law at Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi, India.  Dr. Desai’s lecture, The Future of International Environmental Governance: Johannesburg and Beyond, will be held at Pace Law School in White Plains, with a reception immediately following. Admission to this lecture is free of charge and open to the public.

Dr. Bharat H. Desai holds a Ph.D. in International Environmental Law from Jawaharlal Nehru University and is currently a Professor in the International Legal Studies Division of the University’s School of International Studies.  His book on Institutionalizing International Environmental Law will soon be published by Transnational Publishers (New York).  Dr. Desai has served as Director of the World Wildlife Fund’s Center for Environmental Law in India.  He is Associate Editor of the Yearbook of International Environmental Law and a member of Yale University’s Policy Action Group on Global Environmental Mechanisms.  Dr. Desai is a member of the Governing Board of the Foundation for the Development of International Law in Asia and of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Commission on Environmental Law.

Dr. Desai will discuss recent developments and provide his perspective concerning “International Environmental Governance.”  The debate over appropriate forms and mechanisms for international environmental governance has been a central issue in inter-governmental deliberations in the last few years including negotiations involving the Kyoto Protocol. The debate has focused on the appropriate structures for environmental governance as well as how international governance issues should be incorporated into multilateral environmental agreements.   Dr. Desai will present an analysis of the genesis of the debate, especially at the Open-ended Intergovernmental Group of Ministers that concluded its work in Cartegena [February 2002] and at the Johannesburg Summit. He will take stock of where the debate now stands and offer his views on emerging directions in this important area of environmental law.

Founded in 1976, Pace Law School is a New York Law School with a suburban campus in White Plains, N.Y., 20 miles north of New York City. Part of Pace University, the school offers the J.D. program for full-time and part-time day and evening students. Its postgraduate program includes the LL.M. and S.J.D. degrees in Environmental Law and an LL.M. in Comparative Legal Studies. Pace has one of the nation’s top-rated Environmental Law programs and its Clinical Education program also is nationally ranked, offering clinics in domestic violence prosecution, environmental law, securities arbitration, criminal justice and disability rights.

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