Symposium on International Law and Politics
Challenging the U.S. – A Challenge for Europe!
1 – 3 December 2005, University of St. Gallen

Sustainability as a Concept of Governance


Sustainability has become a prominent catchword in politics, but first and foremost it is an economic term which stands for the anticipatory, responsible use of renewable and non-renewable resources. Unfortunately, sustainability is difficult to achieve as long as the global economy is based on the general principles of profit and competition. This paper discusses how the concept of sustainability made its way into politics in the late 20th century and how it can be interpreted in a pertinent way by international law makers and decision makers.

Note: The conference has been relabelled "Convention on International Law and Politics" to avoid confusion with the well-known St.Gallen Symposium. The original title of the conference is visible on the conference paper, but in 2006 the text was published under the new title.

Meyer-Schwarzenberger, M. (2006). Sustainability as a Concept of Governance. In Convention on International Law and Politics, Challenging the U.S.? A Challenge for Europe! CILP Papers 2005. Luxembourg: Radical Brain.