20
May
2013

Multilateralism in Crisis: environmental conflict and stalemate in the trade and climate regimes

Date:
20 May, 2013
Venue:
LSE

Hosted by the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the International Relations department at LSE

Those who argue that multilateralism is in crisis typically point to the Doha Development Round of trade negotiations under the WTO, and the post-Kyoto negotiations under the UNFCCC, as Exhibits A and B.

Both sets of negotiations have moved at a glacial pace over the past decade, are plagued by mistrust and major divisions among hardened negotiating blocs, and have so far failed to fulfil their basic purposes.

This presentation highlighted the commonalities and connections between the stalemates in the Doha trade round and the post-Kyoto climate negotiations from the standpoint of environmental multilateralism.

The presentation also critically assessed the most commonly discussed explanation to account for the stalemate – namely, the shift towards a more multipolar world (the ‘power shift’ argument) – and explored the consequences of failure for each set of negotiations.

Speaker: Robyn Eckersley, Professor in Political Science in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne

Chair: Dr Robert Falkner