Biennial Ingram Public Lecture - Prof Ellen Hey | Law

Biennial Ingram Public Lecture - Prof Ellen Hey

Event date: 
20 October 2011
6:30pm to 7:30pm
G04, Law Building, UNSW
The Principle of Common but Differentiated Responsibilities and International Environmental Law
Professor Ellen Hey

Professor of Public International Law at the Erasmus School of Law, Rotterdam, and a member of the Aarhus Compliance Committee.

The principle of common but differentiated responsibilities (CBDR) addresses one of the thorniest issues in international environmental law and international law more generally: the divide between developing and developed states. Based on the principle of CBDR, states agree to pursue a common goal, while taking on different obligations, depending, in particular, on their socio-economic situation.  In her lecture Professor Hey will illustrate how the principle of CBDR has changed the discourse of international environmental law and argue that the principle may provide a basis for the introduction of further changes, amongst other things, to develop a viable climate change regime, in which further differentiation between developing states is introduced.

Professor Hey is in Australia as the Ingram Professorial Visiting Fellow in the Faculty of Law at UNSW. The Ingram Professorial Visiting Fellowship is funded by the Ingram Fund for International Law and Development, generously donated to the Faculty of Law by Mr James Ingram AO, former Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme. The purpose of the fund is to promote the study, teaching and dissemination of international law at UNSW and to foster understanding of the impact of law on the interests of developing countries.

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