International environmental governance - Where are we and where do we need to go?

Ambassador Franz Xaver Perrez, Head of International Affairs Division, Federal Office for the Environment, Switzerland, will give a seminar on the topic of international environmental governance.

Portrait of Franz Xaver Perrez

Photo: Federal Office of the Environment (FOEN)

Ambassador Perrez will give an overview of the evolution of the international environmental governance, identify some of its main challenges and argue that we need not only institutional measures (such as strong(er) institutions and more and better synergies between them, but also non-institutional measures (such as global environmental goals).

In his talk, he will draw upon his extensive first-hand experience of working within different international environmental institutions and processes and different topical areas in international environmental law, such as climate change, biodiversity and chemicals regulation.

The seminar will allow for questions by and engagement with the audience.

The event is open, but registration is required:


Franz Xaver Perrez is Switzerland's Ambassador for the Environment and Head of International Affairs Division of Switzerland's Federal Office for the Environment. He is heading the Swiss delegations in international environmental negotiations such as climate change, biodiversity, chemicals and waste, within UNEP, and in the Rio+20 process.

Formerly, he was Legal Advisor in the WTO Division of Switzerland’s State Secretariat for Economic Affairs. Prior to that, Dr. Perrez served as Legal Counsel in the Public International Law Directorate of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. He has published several articles on international environmental law issues, including international environmental governance, the Minamata Convention on Mercury, Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, domestic biosafety regulation, trade and environment and cooperative sovereignty.

Dr. Perrez studied law at the University of Bern School of Law, Université de Paris II and NYU School of Law. He teaches international environmental law at the University of Bern, School of Law and is the author of numerous publications, including his monograph on “Cooperative Sovereignty”.


Tags: Environment, environmental law, international institutions
Published Aug. 30, 2016 10:01 AM - Last modified Nov. 25, 2019 9:21 AM