International Environmental Law and the North-South Perspective

Jona Razzaque

Despite the proliferation of legal instruments to confront environmental problems, conflicts between rich and poor countries (the North-South divide) have compromised international environmental law, leading to deadlocks in environmental treaty negotiations and non-compliance with existing agreements.

Countries differ in their contribution to global environmental degradation, their vulnerability to environmental harm, their capacity to address environmental problems, and the economic and political clout that they wield in multilateral environmental negotiations and international economic and financial institutions. Because environmental issues are closely intertwined with economic and social issues, international environmental law has been and continues to provoke North-South disagreement over environmental priorities and the allocation of responsibility for environmental harm.

With this background, this session aims to contribute to scholarly discourse on international environmental law by emphasising the priorities and perspectives of the global North and the global South.

This session will examine:

  • Historical origins of the North-South divide and its contemporary manifestations in a range of issues, including trade, global environmental governance, extractive industries and agricultural investment.
  • Existing structures of international environmental law, analyse their ramifications for the global South and propose avenues for reform.
  • Options and challenges for South-South Cooperation.

Abstracts may only be submitted via the Easy Chair Platform. They must be no longer than 300 words and should include your title, name and institutional affiliation and your email address for correspondence.

The deadline for submissions is Monday 18th January 2016.