2017 Symposium

Sustainability for Developing Countries: How International Trade and Investment Affects Sustainable Development

Sustainability for Developing Countries: How International Trade and Investment Affects Sustainable Development

Presented by the American University International Law Review, in partnership with the Sustainable Development Law & Policy Brief, the Environmental Law Society, the International Trade & Investment Law Society, the Energy Law Society and the Animal Law Society

April 3, 2017

9:15 am – 4:45 pm

American University Washington College of Law

4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

Ceremonial Classroom, Room NT01, Terrace Level, Warren Building

Summary:

Trade and investment regimes have proliferated throughout recent years, and many have been quick to criticize the effects of both trade and investment on sustainable development. This symposium will focus on how trade and investment frameworks can both facilitate and hinder sustainable development. Three panels will take place, one exploring the initiatives in developing countries and resource exploitation and investment with relation to CITES implementation; the second, discussing proliferation of regional and mega-regional free trade agreements in contrast with the World Trade Organization rules, and their effect on sustainable development policies and initiatives in developing countries; and the third on how IFIs and public and private investments support developing countries in meeting their Paris Climate Commitments.

Symposium Itinerary

9:15 – 9:45 AM: Registration 

9:45 – 10:00 AM: Introduction: Kimberly ReynoldsSymposium Editor, American University International Law Review

10:00 – 11:30 AM: Panel IWhose Job is it Anyway?: Analyzing the Private Sector’s Role in Species Conservation

Sarah StewartDeputy Assistant for Environment and Natural Resources, Office of the United States Trade Representative, Executive Office of the President of the United States (USTR)

Rebecca RegneryDeputy Director of Wildlife, Humane Society International (HSI)

Megan HillNatural Resources Management Specialist, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

Meaghan Parker-ForneyForest Legality Initiative Science Officer, World Resources Institute (WRI)

Moderator: Professor David HunterProfessor of Law, Director of the International Legal Studies Program, American University Washington College of Law

11:30 – 12:15 PM: Keynote Address: Brian LandrySenior Special Law Enforcement Agent, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS)

12:15 – 1:15 PM: Lunch Break

1:15 – 2:45 PM: Panel IIRegional and Bilateral Trade Agreements v. the World Trade Organization: Does one facilitate sustainable development more than the other?

Laura BuffoDirector for Environment and Natural Resources, Office of the United States Trade Representative, Executive Office of the President of the United States (USTR)

Martin MolinuevoSenior Trade Policy Specialist, World Bank, Adjunct Professor, American University Washington College of Law

Charles Di LevaFormer Chief Counsel Environmental and International Law (LEGEN), Legal Vice Presidency, World Bank, Adjunct Professor, American University Washington College of Law

Carla Garcia ZendejasDirector, People, Land & Resources Program, Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)

3:00 – 4:30 PM: Panel IIIThe Role of IFIs and Public and Private Investment in supporting Developing Countries meet their Paris Climate Commitments 

Ana Elisa BucherSenior Climate Change Specialist, Climate Change Solutions Area, World Bank Group

Joe ThwaitesClimate Finance Associate, World Resource Institute (WRI)

Lisa Anne HamiltonDirector, Climate & Energy, Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)

Chiara PappalardoAdjunct Professor of Law, Research Scholar, International Comparative Environmental Law, American University Washington College of Law

Moderator: Professor William Snape IIIAssistant Dean, Adjunct Faculty Affairs, Fellow in Environmental Law, American University Washington College of Law

4:30 – 4:45 PM: Closing Remarks Harjot DhillonSymposium Editor, Sustainable Development Law & Policy Brief

4:45 PM: Reception