Papers on International Environmental Negotiation Series

PON Books
April 2009

For the past 17 years the MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program has published an annual compilation of the best papers on international environmental treaty negotiation prepared by advanced graduate students at MIT, Harvard and Tufts: the Papers on International Environmental Negotiation. Many of these papers have stimulated thinking and action on a range of concepts and strategies including expanded roles for non-state actors in environmental treaty negotiations, enhanced information gathering and monitoring roles for treaty secretariats, new approaches to media coverage of environmental treaty negotiations, innovative techniques for generating "compliance without enforcement," capacity building aimed at enhancing the role of the South in environmental treaty negotiations, and better ways of ensuring a balance between science and politics. Some of the papers have documented the need for expanded regional and global cooperation to manage "common pool" resources that have not previously been the subject of treaty negotiations including nitrogen balance, space debris, fresh water, invasive species, genetically modified organisms, high level nuclear waste, renewable energy and certain endangered species (like the great apes).

Many of the 125+ papers can be downloaded from the Program On Negotiation (PON) Clearinghouse at no charge. Some of the most provocative papers from the first ten volumes have been reprinted in Transboundary Environmental Negotiation by Lawrence Susskind, William Moomaw, and Kevin Gallagher (Jossey-Bass, 2001). Proposed changes in the "system" of international environmental treaty negotiation are spelled out in Environmental Diplomacy by Lawrence Susskind (Oxford University Press, 1996). These materials can add an extra dimension to environmental studies, international relations, public policy, negotiation, and international law classes. They are accompanied by a series of multi-party negotiation role-play exercises that simulate the dynamics of transbounary treaty negotiations, especially The Chlorine Game and The Pablo-Burford Game, available from the PON Clearinghouse.

The Papers on International Environmental Negotiation Series is edited by Lawrence Susskind, Ford Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning at MIT and Co-Director of the Public Disputes Program at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, and William Moomaw, Professor of International Environmental Policy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. The papers are the work of advanced graduate students in courses at MIT (11.364 International Environmental Negotiation) and Tufts University (DHP P251 International Environmental Negotiations).

Purchase the volumes or download individual papers free of charge at the PON Clearinghouse.