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07-08-2004

Clarkson Professor Invited To Attend Oxford Round Table On Trade And The Environment

Clarkson University Professor of Liberal Arts Christopher C. Robinson will travel to England in August to participate in an upcoming Oxford Round Table on the effects of international trade on the environment at Harris Manchester College, Oxford.

First held in 1989, the Oxford Round Table is a unique forum that brings together small select groups of scholars, policymakers and experts from around the world for the study and consideration of major issues in contemporary educational policy.

The Oxford Round Table is a great opportunity to work with a group of well-known and dedicated scholars on questions and problems related to trade and the environment, said Robinson. "I am pleased to have been invited and look forward to a lively and informed exchange of ideas."

Robinson and fellow participants at the week-long "Trade, Growth and the Environment" session will explore topics that include: recent development in international trade and environmental policy, equity and justice in development, emerging trade and environmental conflicts, the role of nongovernmental organizations in international trade and environmental governance, and the impact of domestic policies on international trade and environmental issues.

Round Table deliberations are published and distributed to policymakers and academic libraries throughout the world.

Robinson first joined the faculty at Clarkson as a visiting assistant professor in 1998. His area of expertise is political thought of the 20th century and contemporary era and his research interests focus on environmental law and policy as they pertain to sustainability. He has written widely on the topic and has delivered more than 30 papers at scholarly and environmental conferences. He is also currently at work on a book titled The View from Somewhere: Wittgenstein and Political Theory.

From 1999-2002, Robinson served as the assistant director of the Clarkson University Honors Program. He has developed and taught numerous courses including Introduction to American Government, History of Political Theory, Environmental Law, Perspectives on Science and Technology, and an honors seminar on Democracy and Technology. He is also affiliated with the Clarkson Center for the Environment.

Robinson is a recipient of the Clarkson University Student Association Outstanding Teacher Award (2003), the Clarkson University Student Life Award (2003), and the Phalanx Leadership Award (2004).

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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