Sustainable Development and Governance of the Global Commons
As the resources in the global commons fall outside the domain of jurisdictions of individual states, the need becomes pressing for collective, coherent decision-making mechanisms on how to govern the global commons. Understood as increasingly relevant for achieving sustainable development, governance of the global commons has been progressively extended to include new resources such as the subsurface, which is being used as an energy resource and storage space.
Drawing on complementary fields of knowledge (Critical Environmental Law, Governance studies, STS*), this course examines the emergence of new regulatory frameworks addressing six global commons : high seas, the deep-sea bed, Antarctica, the subsurface, the atmosphere, and outer space. Through short interactive lectures, embedded case studies, scenario analysis, and role-play simulations, we will discuss a variety of regulatory frameworks, decision-making processes, institutional arrangements, and mechanisms, at the interface of science and policy.
(*) For ‘Science, Technology and Society’ studies