International Climate Change Law

ISBN : 9780199664290

Daniel Bodansky; Jutta Brunnee; Lavanya Rajamani
400 Pages
156 x 234 mm
Pub date
May 2017
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This textbook, by three experts in the field, provides a comprehensive overview of international climate change law. Climate change is one of the fundamental challenges facing the world today, and is the cause of significant international concern. In response, states have created an international climate regime. The treaties that comprise the regime - the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the 1997 Kyoto Protocol and the 2015 Paris Agreement establish a system of governance to address climate change and its impacts. This book provides a clear analytical guide to the climate regime, as well as other relevant international legal rules. The book begins by locating international climate change law within the broader context of international law and international environmental law. It considers the evolution of the international climate change regime, and the process of law-making that has led to it. It examines the key provisions of the Framework Convention, the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement. It analyses the principles and obligations that underpin the climate regime, as well as the elaborate institutional and governance architecture that has been created at successive international conferences to develop commitments and promote transparency and compliance. The final two chapters address the polycentric nature of international climate change law, as well as the intersections of international climate change law with other areas of international regulation. This book is an essential introduction to international climate change law for students, scholars and negotiators.


1 Introduction
2 Climate Change and International Law
3 Treaty-Based Lawmaking: Rules, Tools and Techniques
4 Evolution of the United Nations Climate Regime
5 The Framework Convention on Climate Change
6 Kyoto Protocol
7 Paris Agreement
8 Climate Governance beyond the United Nations Climate Regime
9 International Climate Change Law & Other Areas of International Regulation
10 Conclusion

About the author: 

Daniel Bodansky is a Foundation Professor at the Sandra Day O'Conner College of Law and Senior Sustainability Scholar at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University. Bodansky is an expert on international environmental law. He has worked extensively on the international climate change negotiations, including as a senior negotiator in the US Department of State and as a consultant to the UN climate change secretariat and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions. He co-edited the Oxford Handbook of International Environmental Law, and is the author of the Art and Craft of International Environmental Law, which was awarded the 2011 Harold and Margaret Sprout Award from the International Studies Association as the best book published that year in the field of international environmental politics.; Jutta Brunnee is a Professor of Law and Metcalf Chair in Environmental Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto. Writing in the areas of public international law and international environmental law, she is co-author of Legitimacy and Legality in International Law: An Interactional Account, which was awarded the American Society of International Laws 2011 Certificate of Merit for preeminent contribution to creative scholarship. She is co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of International Environmental Law, Promoting Compliance in the Emerging Climate Regime, Implementation of International Environmental Law, and Climate Change Liability: Transnational Law and Practice. As Scholar-in-Residence in the Legal Bureau of the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Brunnee advised, inter alia, on matters under the Biodiversity and Climate Change Conventions. She was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2013.; Lavanya Rajamani is Professor at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi. She was previously at Queens College, Cambridge, where she was a University Lecturer in Environmental Law, and Fellow and Director of Studies in Law, and at Worcester College, Oxford, where she was a Junior Research Fellow in Public International Law. She specializes in international climate change law, and has worked extensively on the international climate change negotiations. Among other roles, she has served as a consultant to the FCCC Secretariat, as a negotiator for the Alliance of Small Island States, and as a legal adviser to the Chairs of Ad Hoc Working Groups under the FCCC. She was part of the FCCC core drafting and advisory team at the Paris negotiations. She is author of Differential Treatment in International Environmental Law, and co-editor of Promoting Compliance in the Emerging Climate Regime, Implementation of International Environmental Law.

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