2017 AUILR 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 Reynolds, Symposium Editor, American University International Law Review

 

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

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

Rebecca Regnery, Deputy Director of Wildlife, Humane Society International (HSI)

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

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

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

 

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

 

12:15 – 1:15 PM: Lunch Break

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Ana Elisa Bucher, Senior Climate Change Specialist, Climate Change Solutions Area, World Bank Group

Joe Thwaites, Climate Finance Associate, World Resource Institute (WRI)

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

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

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

 

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

 

4:45 PM: Reception