At the core of the Global Environmental Governance Research Initiative (GEGRI) is research that examines the global legal architecture with the objective of developing governance solutions that can achieve ‘environmental sustainability’.
From a technical standpoint, the research responds directly to what some researchers refer to as the ‘root causes’ or ‘drivers’ of environmental degradation. These are aspects of legal and regulatory frameworks that are demonstrably inefficient in terms of the impacts that they cause for the environment. To do this it employs ‘macro’ legal analysis alongside ‘micro’ legal analysis to develop more environmentally streamlined models of global legal architecture for states, businesses and communities.
From a practical standpoint this means engaging with business, industry, governmental institutions, civil society, vulnerable groups and academia to address the ways that governance and governments currently operate with a view to identifying appropriate steps towards environmentally sustainable outcomes.
Ultimately this can mean research that relates to many different aspects of the commercial world. It could include manufacturing, energy policy, supply chains, water conservation, fossil fuel reduction, insurance and capital investment amongst others.
Therefore, in carrying out its work GEGRI seeks to ensure that all stakeholders are represented in order that both the commercial world and the human rights of individuals and communities are properly taken into account in the process of providing pathways towards ‘environmental sustainability’.