Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development Andrew L. Strauss
participated in a debate on a global parliament that took place at the Lund Conference on Earth System Governance on Friday, April 20th in Lund, Sweden.
Professor Strauss spoke in favor of a global parliament, arguing that the force of international law as it currently stands is insufficient because states can simple opt out of agreements. He also suggested that a global parliament would be able to bring greater pressure to bear on countries that violate international laws.
The Lund Conference on Earth System Governance took place from April 18-20th. Hosted by Lund University and jointly organized by the Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies and the Department of Political Science on behalf of the Earth System Governance Project, the program brought together experts from across the world to discuss the problems of environmental governance. The first Earth System Governance conference was held in Amsterdam in December 2009 and the second in Fort Collins in May 2011.