Negotiating International Agreements: The Case of Climate Change
This seminar is a practical introduction to the negotiation of international environmental agreements, with a focus on climate change. Students will learn about the cross-cutting features of international environmental agreements and, through the climate change lens, explore the process of negotiating such agreements, the development of national positions, the advocacy of positions internationally, and the many ways in which differences among negotiating countries are resolved. The seminar will also examine the history and substance of the climate change regime, including, inter alia, the 1992 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, the 2009 Copenhagen Accord, and the Paris Agreement, concluded in December 2015. Grades will be based on class participation and a series of short reaction papers. With permission of the instructor, students may receive three credits for the seminar by writing an additional 10-12 page research paper.