Organizers: Faye Diamantoudi (Concordia University, CIREQ, CIRANO) and Eftichios Sartzetakis (University of Macedonia)
Transboundary environmental pollution constitutes a major challenge in international collaboration. A number of International Environmental Agreements (IEAs) are drafted and ratified to this date, in an effort to address this problem. While the process is ongoing it is widely accepted that IEAs are either of small size (in terms of signatories) or non-enforceable. A critical characteristic of IEAs is the lack of a supra-national authority that could implement and enforce environmental policies on sovereign states. Thus, IEAs have to be self-enforcing in the sense that they have to account for the countries’ incentives to cheat on or withdraw from the agreement. Alternatively, cooperation in environmental issues can be linked to other issues affecting the negotiating countries such as trade and R&D, among others. The scope of this series of workshops is to bridge the gap across disciplines and the policy world by engaging researchers in a continuous dialogue.