Last Thursday some of our GEP students had the pleasure of attending the Fourth Al-Moumin Award and Distinguished Lecture on Environmental Peacebuilding at the Environmental Law Institute, sponsored by both American University and the United Nations Environment Program. This year’s award was given to Ambassador Marie G. Jacobsson, Special Rapporteur for the United Nations International Law Commission and Principle Legal Advisor on International Law for the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Ambassador Jacobsson has worked for three years with the International Law Commission on the topic Protection of the Environment in Relation to Armed Conflict, and shared with the audience some of the takeaways from her most recent report, including the importance of addressing environmental harm that results from armed conflict, the limitations of modern international law on the issue, and the overlap with human rights and refugee law. AU Professor Ken Conca provided commentary, discussing the positive aspects of international law leading to the diffusion of the best practices and leading through standardization. The Al-Moumin award acknowledges leaders in the field of environmental peacebuilding, and Ambassador Jacobsson is well deserving of the recognition.
Our GEP director Simon Nicholson has helped to put out a new briefing report on climate engineering along with David Morrow, faculty-in-residence with the Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment, and Janos Pasztor, senior advisor to the UN Secretary General on Climate Change. Read the summary below or click the link to read the whole article!
AU SIS Assistant Professor Malini Ranganathan has published an article in the Annals of the American Association of Geographers with her colleague from the University of Arizona, Sapana Doshi: “Contesting the Unethical City: Land Dispossession and Corruption Narratives in Urban India.” Dr. Ranganathan is a critical geographer whose work looks at the overlap of human and urban geography, cultural anthropology, and critical development studies. Read the abstract for her publication on the impact of corruption discourse in Mumbai and Bangalore below. Continue reading