Selin Co-Authors Journal Article Exploring Impact of Private Governance on Multilateralism

Henrik SelinAssociate Professor of International Relations and Associate Dean for Studies at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, published an article in Regulation & Governance on pesticide governance and how private actors’ actions can undermine the potential for international state-based governance. 

Selin co-authored the article, titled “When private governance impedes multilateralism: The case of international pesticide governance,” with Noelle Selin, Associate Professor in the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society and the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at MIT, and Miranda Schreurs, Professor of environment and climate policy at the Technical University of Munich’s School of Governance. In their piece, the authors examine how the operation of private agricultural standards influences multilateral pesticide governance with a particular focus on the listing of substances under the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade, a treaty-based information-sharing mechanism that allows countries to refuse hazardous chemical imports. They find that private agricultural standard-setting bodies use the Rotterdam Convention’s pesticide list to develop their own lists of banned substances.

The full article can be read on Regulation & Governance‘s website.

Henrik Selin has been at Boston University since 2004. His research and teaching focuses on global and regional politics and policymaking on the environment and sustainable development. He is the author of EU and Environmental Governance and Global Governance of Hazardous Chemicals: Challenges of Multilevel Management. He is also the author and co-author of more than four dozen peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. He also serves as Associate Editor for the journal Global Environmental Politics. Learn more about Professor Selin on his faculty profile.