- Fall 2017: Administrative Law, International Law, International Environmental Law
- Spring 2018: Foreign Relations of the U.S.
David A. Wirth
Boston College Law School
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Newton Center, MA 02459
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Cracking the American Climate Negotiators’ Hidden Code: United States Law and the Paris Agreement Climate Law (2016)
The United States’ position in, and conduct of, the negotiations leading to the Paris Agreement, as with almost all international diplomacy leading to reciprocal international undertakings conducted by that country, reflected not only internal politics, ...
Geographical Indications, Food Safety, and Sustainability Challenges and Opportunities Bio-based and Applied Economics (2016)
This paper examines the legal and policy relationship reinforcement amongst international standards for GIs, food safety standards, and other claims of quality or safety. The paper addresses those relationships within the context of international trade ...
The International and Domestic Law of Climate Change: A Binding International Agreement Without the Senate or Congress? Harvard Environmental Law Review (2015)
This Article asserts that neither Senate advice and consent nor new congressional legislation are necessarily conditions precedent to the United States' becoming a party to a binding agreement to be adopted at the 21st Conference ...
The World Trade Organization Dispute Over Genetically Modified Organisms: The Precautionary Principle Meets International Trade Law Vermont Law Review (2013)
“Precaution” is increasingly accepted as a basis for governmental policy in the areas of public health and environment on both the domestic and international levels. A precautionary perspective counsels action to avert danger or threats ...
Engineering the Climate: Geoengineering as a Challenge to International Governance Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review (2013)
The challenge of global climate change has attracted recommendations for remediation from a number of professions, including engineering. The possibilities suggested for “geoengineering” the climate generally fall into one of two categories: (1) carbon capture ...
A World of Choices New Zealand Journal of Public and International Law (2013)
In this keynote address, David Wirth identifies fundamental and dynamic attributes of globalisation, examines the need to confront institutional failures and systemic challenges of multilateral governance, and offers some preliminary observations on directions in which ...
The International Organization for Standardization: Private Voluntary Standards as Swords and Shields Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review (2009)
Private voluntary standards such as the International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO’s) 14000 series have played an increasingly important role in encouraging corporations to adopt more sustainable business models on their own initiative and not in ...
Globalization and the Environment: Why all the Fuss? International Environmental Law Committee Newsletter (2007)
The relationship between globalization and environmental policies presents more nuances than the popular paradigm of free trader versus self-serving protectionists, the familiar model of environmentalist battling greedy polluters, or the outmoded view of a progressive ...
The EU's New Impact on American Environmental Regulation Fletcher Forum of World Affairs (2007)
Due to its increasing size and growing regulatory momentum, the European Union is quickly becoming an alternative power center to the United States in the field of environmental policy. Within the past several years, there ...
The President, the Environment, and Foreign Policy: The Globalization of Environmental Politics Journal of Land, Resources, & Environmental Law (2005)
By comparison with domestic environmental issues, international environmental diplomacy is distinguished by the far greater role of the Executive Branch, and in particular the President, in making law. This essay explores the legal consequences of ...