Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Go On! Common Grounds, Common Waters: Toward a Water Ethic

(Go On! is an occasional item on symposia of interest.) This Friday (March 14th), my institution (Santa Clara University School of Law) will be hosting a symposium on the Ethics of Water. According to the conference organizers:
The purpose of the symposium is to seek common ground in identifying a water ethic that are fundamental to [the multiple competing] interests and that might lay the foundation for compromise, cooperation, and sound management of fresh water resources. Fundamental to this goal is the ideal that common water ethics should be at the base of all agreements, legislation, and management efforts related to fresh water resources.
The conference will feature panels such as "Ethics and Commodification" and "Water in a Globalized World" and speakers from UNESCO, the U.S. Department of the Interior, and Coca-Cola as well as leading environmental law scholars. The conference will conclude with a roundtable focusing on the question of whether
a consensus can be achieved on a core set of water ethics that society should pursue. They will also be tasked with negotiating disparate or conflicting ethical bases that may arise, as well as developing the processes and mechanisms for implementing the agreed-upon water ethics.

Details and registration materials may be found here.

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