November 14-15, 2020

Negotiating Institutional Transformation: International and Comparative Approaches to Justice in Environmental Protection

Supported by The Graciela Chichilnisky Environmental Fund
in Honor of Natasha Chichilnisky-Heal


Must Diplomats Choose Between Promoting Justice and Their National Interests? Reflections of a multilateral negotiator.

Saturday, November 14, 2020 - 1:30pm

Diplomats have an obligation to their principals, but the responsibility in the form of information exchange runs in both directions. What are impediments to moving beyond narrow nationalistic interests? Is tempering national interests advisable or plausible? Negotiations reveal facts and concerns that may have been unknown or unclearly understood. The process is one in which the interests of all of the parties are explored in a good faith effort to resolve real differences. Differences that often reflect contrasting perspectives on the overall goal the parties seek to achieve and the weighting of the variables involved. 

Drawing upon almost 30 years’ experience as a government negotiator and advocate in multilateral climate, environmental and trade forums, Jennifer Haverkamp  will reflect on the obstacles and opportunities for advancing environmental justice, and the need to take into account differences in the mission and culture of international institutions (e.g., the UNFCCC, the Montreal Protocol, the WTO and ICAO). 


Jennifer Haverkamp

Graham Family Director, Graham Sustainability Institute;
Professor from Practice, Michigan Law School, University of Michigan


Susan Rose-Ackerman

Henry R. Luce Professor Emeritus of Jurisprudence, Yale Law School and Political Science
Professorial Lecturer in Law


Paul Berne Burow

Ph.D. Candidate in the combined doctoral degree program between the School of the Environment and Department of Anthropology at Yale University