Special Lecture on Global Society III
Sustainable Development and the Global Commons
Governance of the global commons represents a pivotal aspect of global environmental governance and has become a key priority for the United Nations as part of its 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. This course addresses the question of how those resource domains or areas that lie outside of the political reach of any one nation State are, or fail to be, governed. Through interactive lectures and team-based learning activities, including case studies and scenario analysis, students revisit the idea of the Earth as a common: they examine the need to protect various shared resources that are considered of fundamental significance for global sustainability in the Anthropocene and explore a range of complex regulatory frameworks and decision-making processes. In so doing, they progressively acquire a robust understanding of both traditional and innovative ways to govern the global commons (from the subsurface to outer space) and familiarize with critical accounts of core concepts and principles such as ‘the tragedy of the commons’, ‘the common heritage of mankind’, distributive justice, enclosure, stewardship, and so forth.