Is It Fair to Ask Developing Countries to Grow Sustainably?
Kal Raustiala writes and teaches in the areas of international law and international relations. He holds a joint appointment between the UCLA Law School and the UCLA International Institute, where he teaches in the Program on Global Studies. He is also director of the UCLA Ronald W. Burkle Center for International Relations (click here to read about this appointment). The Burkle Center is UCLA's primary academic unit that fosters interdisciplinary research and policy-oriented teaching on the role of the United States in global cooperation and conflict, and military, political, social and economic affairs.
Professor Raustiala's research focuses on international cooperation and conflict in areas such as environment, trade, armed conflict, dispute resolution, and intellectual property. Recent publications include "The Global Struggle Over Geographic Indications," European Journal of International Law (2007), "The Piracy Paradox: Innovation and Intellectual Property in Fashion Design" (with Chris Sprigman), Virginia Law Review (2006) and "Form and Substance in International Agreements", American Journal of International Law (2005), which won the 2005 Francis Deak Prize from the American Society of International Law. His current book about the extraterritorial reach of American law, Does the Constitution Follow the Flag?, will be published by Oxford University Press in May 2009.
Professor Raustiala has been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, Columbia Law School, Princeton University, and the University of Chicago Law School. Prior to coming to UCLA he was a research fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at The Brookings Institution, a Peccei Scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems, and an assistant professor of politics at Brandeis University. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and editorial board of International Organization, he is a frequent media contributor whose writing has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the New Republic, the New Yorker, the International Herald Tribune and Le Monde.
Question: Is it fair to ask developing countries to develop sustainably?
Kal Raustiala: I think it’s fair to ask. I think they need assistance and I think that politically any solution to climate change is going to require a serious amount of money and resources going in to the developing world to assist them in that process in part because they are- they’re poor. There are just many, many poor countries and they need the assistance but in part because we have to do that because they are so-- Take China. China’s producing a couple of coal-fired power plants a week and so if you don’t do something about what’s happening in China it doesn’t matter how many of us get compact fluorescent light bulbs and put them in our-- It’s irrelevant. In L.A. where I live, much of the air pollution is coming over from China across the Pacific so we need to be in there assisting these countries technologically, financially, so that they can make this transition in a way that is not harmful to their economic growth. And they’ve shown a great desire to continue to raise the living standards of their people and unless that’s achieved sustainably the future is grim.
Raustiala speaks out about climate change from the perspective of international law.
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