This year, the International Development Conference will highlight the theoretical development studies and policy research that play a predominant role in shaping development projects. When concrete, tangible policies and projects are implemented, theory and practice often fail to coincide. Development solutions and initiatives, as well as daily livelihood decisions, executed by an array of actors - from large development players to individual households - affect the lives of citizens and underdeveloped areas throughout the world. As such, critical reflections on ongoing development efforts, common consumption decisions and ingrained aspects of the world economy highlight that, while considerable victories have been attained to achieve a more just, prosperous and equitable world, attempts at reforms and aids are not without their drawbacks. 

The controversy surrounding the involvement of religious aid organizations may politicize and undermine efforts to eliminate poverty and obtain relief. Attempts to regulate small scale gold mining, while environmentally necessary, may fail to address the dilemma of gold demand in shaping the persistence of artisans gold mining. Efforts to democratize and increase the transparency of the international trade regime may succeed in incorporating sustainability as a core principal of global commerce, but tedious institutional reform may not reflect the urgency of climate change. Alongside the IDC 2017’s thematic discussions, which will explore these and more concrete development efforts through a critical lens, the conference will also host a selection of Canadian NGOs, businesses, and student researchers to showcase the diversity and innovation of new ideas and efforts shaping the development sectors today. 


Sunday, February 12 • 09:30 - 11:30
Legalizing Sustainable Business: Trade and the Environment

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The international movement of goods and commercial activity is governed by a rich body of private and public international law. With a focus on reducing barriers to commerce, this body of laws has largely overlooked the effects of increasing international commerce on the environment. Increasingly, international development treaties have been centered around the principle of sustainability, the ability to develop without reducing the ability of future generations to do so as well. As action to mitigate climate change increases in urgency and necessity, reforms to the governance of international trade and commerce are required in order to implement the necessary policies to mitigate climate change. In Legalizing Sustainable Business, the IDC 2017 will gage the principle of sustainability in the governance of international trade, and potential improvements to the governance of international commerce that could further integrate environmental protection in international commerce.



BSc honors (E. Michigan), MA (Seton Hall), LLB (Dalhousie), LLM (Ottawa), is a Research Associate with the International Law Research Program (ILRP) at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), a Legal Research Fellow with the Centre for International Sustainable... Read More →
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Sara L Seck is an Associate professor at the Faculty of Law, Western University, in London, Ontario, and a Senior Fellow with the International Law Research Program of the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Waterloo, Ontario. Together with Neil Craik, she co-directs... Read More →
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Mr. Connor Tidd, M.Sc candidate (University of Toronto), BA (McGill), is a current graduate student with the University of Toronto’s Institute for Management and Innovation in the Masters of Sustainability Management program and the Senior Strategy and Innovation Officer for the... Read More →

Sunday February 12, 2017 09:30 - 11:30
MW 120

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