Dissertation Defense by Natalia Escobar- Pemberthy PhD in Global Governance and Human Security

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Event Date: May 19, 2017 - 10 a.m.
Location: Quinn Administration Building, 3rd Floor, Chancellor's Conference Room (Room 3-59)

Environment, States and International Organizations: The Role of Global Environmental Conventions in Protecting the Environment- Natalia Escobar- Pemberthy 


Global environmental conventions are created to address and resolve global environmental problems. Assessments of the achievement of specific environmental goals, however, indicate that there is room for progress and that stronger collective action is required. This study develops an empirical instrument – the Environmental Conventions Index – to assess the implementation of global environmental conventions. It analyzes the implementation of four conventions in two clusters – pollution and conservation – by all member states and illustrates trends over time (15 years). The study also examines the underlying reasons for countries’ performance and explains the governance mechanisms of international environmental agreements.


Maria H. Ivanova, PhD, University of Massachusetts Boston, Chair

Craig N. Murphy, PhD, University of Massachusetts Boston

J. Samuel Barkin, PhD, University of Massachusetts Boston

Amy E. Smith, PhD, University of Massachusetts Boston 

Franz Perez, PhD, Ambassador for the Environment of Switzerland

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