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INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW AT THE BEGINNING OF THE 21ST CENTURY The panel was convened at 1:00 p.m., Friday, March 31, by its chair, Laurence Boisson de Chazournes of the University of Geneva, who introduced the panelists: Daniel Bodansky of the University of Georgia School of Law; Jutta Brunne ´e of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law; Kevin Gray, of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Canada; Ellen Hey of the School of Law, Erasmus University Rotterdam; and Ileana Porras of Arizona State University College of Law. I ntroductory R emarks by L aurence B oisson de C hazournes * There is no doubt that environmental protection has become a common concern at the international level and that international law has evolved and adjusted itself so as to take into account the imperative of environmental protection. However, it is a fair question to ask ourselves whether international law as it has developed in the area of environmental protection can meet the challenges facing humankind in this area. Is it strong enough to impose itself in the face of important economic and political interests, and is it a solid enough legal pillar compared with international economic and trade law? Are its institutions well- designed and sufficiently capable of meeting the environmental concerns of the public at large? This raises the issue of the decision-making process in the regional and global institutions and the involvement of state and non-state actors therein. Are the norms and principles precise enough to influence states’ and other actors’ behavior? Should we speak in terms of hard law or even hard/hard law (so as to refer to both the instrument and its content) or is a soft law approach more conducive to produce effective results? These are some of the questions that will be addressed by the panelists. They are a distinguished group of people. First, the editors of a forthcoming handbook on international environmental Law, Professors Dan Bodansky, Jutta Brunne ´e, and Ellen Hey, will each look at such issues as the question of whether international environmental law (IEL) constitutes a distinct field of international law, as the structure of IEL and its processes for law-making, implementation, and enforcement as well as the role of international institutions in global environment governance. After their presentations, Professor Ileana Porras, and Mr. Kevin Gray, a co-chair of the International Environmental law Interest Group, will make comments, more particularly assessing the foundations and the structure of IEL, its legitimacy, and its use of new regulatory approaches. D oes O ne N eed to B ean I nternational L awyer to B ean I nternational E nvironmental L awyer ? By Daniel Bodansky
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