Environmental Law Expert to Lecture at Pace Law School on Global Environmental Governance

Political accountability and legitimacy of international policy to be discussed

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – On November 8, 2004, Pace Law School will host its fifth annual Gilbert and Sarah Kerlin Lecture on Environmental Law presented by Daniel C. Esty, professor of Environmental Law and Policy at Yale University.  Professor Esty’s lecture, Bringing Administrative Law to Bear in Global Environmental Governance, will be held at 5:00 p.m. in the Robert B. Fleming Moot Court Room 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.

In this year’s Kerlin Lecture, Professor Esty will focus on the hesitancy toward “global governance.” He argues that in addition to doubts about the political accountability of decision makers at the global scale, the legitimacy of international policy processes is undermined by the lack of basic elements of administrative law. Professor Esty suggests that the well-established elements of good governance and public decision making that have emerged on the domestic scene—including transparency, disclosure of financial interests on the part of decision makers, the identification of those engaged in lobbying, creation of an “administrative record,” a structured process of identifying policy alternatives, etc.—need to be adopted as the foundation for legitimate global-scale governance, in the environmental realm and more broadly.

Daniel C. Esty holds faculty appointments in both Yale’s Environment and Law schools. He is the director of the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy, as well as the Yale World Fellows Program. Professor Esty is the author or editor of numerous books and articles on environmental policy issues and the relationships between the environment and trade, competitiveness, globalization, security, international institutions, and development. Formerly, he has been a Senior Fellow at the Institute for International Economics, a Washington, D.C., think tank, and has served in a variety of positions at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Professor Esty received his B.A. in economics summa cum laude from Harvard University and his J.D. from Yale, where he was executive editor of the Yale Journal on Regulation. He was a Rhodes Scholar from 1981-1983.

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. www.law.pace.edu

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