Elisa Morgera specializes in international, European, and comparative environmental law, focusing on biodiversity, international environmental governance, corporate environmental accountability, and the external environmental policy of the European Union. Morgera is lecturer and director of the LLM Programme in Global Environment and Climate Change Law at the University of Edinburgh. She previously worked for the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the UN Development Programme.

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This June 2012, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) will convene in Rio de Janeiro on the 20th anniversary of the Earth Summit, which was also held in Rio. (The conference is more commonly known as Rio+20.) UNCSD is the most recent expression of UN environmental “summitry,”1 a series of diplomatic megaconferences that have …

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