International Environmental Agreements – Bridging the Gap

Friday 21 Sep 2018
From 9AM To 6:30PM

Organized by CIRANO and CIREQ

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.


When: Friday, September 21st, 2018

Where: Center for Interuniversity Research and Analysis of Organizations


Larry Karp's Presentation (University of California at Berkeley)
“Sober Optimism and the Formation of International Environmental Agreements” - Co-author: Hiroaki Sakamoto (Chiba University)

Timothy Hodges's Presentation (McGill University)
“From Theory to Practice: Process and Personality in IEAs”

Nahid Massoudi's Presentation (Memorial University)
“Is it Possible to Attain Large Stable IEAs? Insights from Other Sources of Interdependencies”

Eftichios Sartzetakis' Presentation (University of Macedonia)
“International Environmental Agreements – Heterogeneity, Transfers and Issue Linkage” - Co-authors: Effrosyni Diamantoudi and Stefania Strantza (Concordia University)

Emilson Silva's Presentation (University of Alberta)
“Overlapping Joint R&D Agreements to Combat Climate Change in the Presence of Transaction Costs” - Co-author: Chikara Yamaguchi (Hiroshima University)

Ngo Van Long's Presentation (McGill University)
“International Environmental Agreements and Optimal Constraint on Flexibility”

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