What are our duties to outsiders when we address matters of global concern? Are states entirely free to withdraw from international commitments, such as the Paris Agreement on climate change? If they are obligated to negotiate such issues in good faith, what does that require? Must states resort to arbitration or adjudication if they cannot resolve their differences? Or are they entitled to “go it alone”?
As Canada Research Chair in Cosmopolitan Law and Justice, Dr. Evan Fox-Decent is searching for answers to these questions. He and his research team are developing an original framework for thinking about the way states can best meet their local and global responsibilities, even when those responsibilities create conflict.