Environmental Dispute Resolution: The Importance of Consensus Building in Environmental Problem-Solving
Dr. Lawrence Susskind
Ford Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning, MIT
Vice-Chair & Co-Founder, Program on Negotiation, Harvard Law School
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
District Hall Boston, 75 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA 02210
5:45 PM Social/Registration; 6:30 PM Dinner; 7:00 PM Presentation
How should disagreements about the use of natural resources or the setting of environmental standards be resolved? We face an increasing array of such conflicts — how should scarce resources be allocated? How should health and safety standards be set? What policy objectives should be given priority? If the political majority rules, ecosystems on which we rely could be inadvertently destroyed. If final decisions are up to the courts, there is a good chance that scientific or inter-generational considerations will be ignored. No one is ready to turn such decisions over to a scientific or technical elite. So, what’s to be done? Professor Lawrence Susskind, Ford Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning at MIT and Vice-Chair and Co-Founder of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School will speak about his work as an environmental mediator and describe consensus building as an alternative approach to resolving environmental disputes.
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