Bodansky quoted in New York Magazine

Thursday, August 28, 2014

 Dan Bodansky

The work of ASU's Dan Bodansky, Lincoln Professor of Law, Ethics, and Sustainability, was cited recently in an article in New York Magazine, titled "Obama's Climate Deal Doesn't Need the Senate."

The article discusses the Obama administration's Climate Action Plan, designed to allow the United States to negotiate an international agreement on climate matters. While a climate treaty would require ratification - 67 votes - in the Senate, Bodansky's work looks at another alternative.

A formal treaty isn't needed to coordinate international action.

Bodansky writes, "Agreed outcomes that are not adopted as treaties can have political force." However he also points out, "Violations of such political agreements may have significant reputational costs, but they do not have any international legal consequences."

Read the full article here.

Bodansky, co-director at the College of Law's Center for Law and Global Affairs and an affiliate faculty member at the Center for Law, Science & Innovation, is a preeminent authority on global climate change whose teaching and research focus on international environmental law and public international law. He teaches courses in international law and sustainability.