I just finished presenting a paper on sustainable food and the role of Eco-labeling. First off, thanks to McGill… Old, prestigious, urban universities are wonderful and Montreal is fantastic. Listening to our paper presentations has been interesting. The McGill faculty have presented more abstract papers on governance and economic structure, and my Vermont Law School colleagues have focused on implementation of law and environmental impacts. Another thing I’ve noticed in my own work and presentation, as well as others, is the emergence of ‘global environmental law’ as the dominant paradigm given the nature and causes of modern environmental harm (e.g., consumption patterns and climate change). Finally, there’s been a more general discussion on the role of government and law, if any, in channeling consumer choices, innovation and social media to improve the environment (I think Paul Krugman asked similar question in the Times last week as it related to.China’s governance).

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