This commentary discusses the impact of the 2009 Grotius Lecture delivered by Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the United Nations Environmental Program (“UNEP”). The commentary elaborates on a fundamental lesson of the lecture: law can be a conduit for transformative economic change. The commentary emphasizes the need for international entities such as UNEP to address global environmental crises that result from pollution largely generated by industrial countries. The commentary encourages leaders to consider these environmental challenges as possible threats to human rights.
GW Paper Series
GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2013-47; GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2013-47
Dinah Shelton, Eleventh Annual Grotius Lecture Response: Commentary on Achim Steiner's 2009 Grotius Lecture, 25 AM. U. INT’L L. REV. 877 (2010).