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The Paris Climate Agreement: Analysis and Commentary

Edited by: Daniel Klein, Meinhard Doelle,  Jane Bulmer, Andrew Higham

ISBN13: 9780198803768
Published: July 2017
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £34.99
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The most important climate agreement in history, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change represents the commitment of the nations of the world to address and curb climate change. Signed in December 2015, it will come into force on the 4th November, and efforts toward fulfilling its ambitious goals are already under way.

The Paris Climate Agreement: Analysis and Commentary combines a comprehensive legal appraisal and critique of the new Agreement with a practical and structured commentary to all its Articles. Part I discusses the general context for the Paris Agreement, detailing the scientific, political, and social drivers behind it, providing an overview of the pre-existing regime, and tracking the history of the negotiations.

It examines the evolution of key concepts such as common but differentiated responsibilities, and analyses the legal form of the Agreement and the nature of its provisions. Part II comprises individual chapters on each Article of the Agreement, with detailed commentary of the provisions which highlights central aspects from the negotiating history and the legal nature of the obligations.

It describes the institutional arrangements and considerations for national implementation, providing practical advice and prospects for future development. Part III reflects on the Paris Agreement as a whole: its strengths and weaknesses, its potential for further development, and its relationship with other areas of public international law and governance.

The book is an invaluable resource for academics and practitioners, policy makers, and actors in the private sector and civil society, as they negotiate the implementation of the Agreement in domestic law and policy.

Subjects:
Environmental Law
Contents:
Foreword, Christiana Figueres
Part I: Introductory Chapters
1: Introduction: Scientific and Political Drivers for the Agreement
A. Background and the Role of Science, Andreas Fischlin
B. Politics, Economics, and Society, Maria Ivanova
2: The Current United Nations Climate Regime: The Convention and its Kyoto Protocol
A. The Legal and Policy Framework on the Eve of the Paris Conference, Joanna Depledge
B. Pre-2020 Climate Action and teh Emergent Role of Non-party Stakeholders, Andrew Higham
3: The Negotiating History of the Paris Agreement, Jane Bulmer, Meinhard Doelle, and Daniel Klein
4: Central Concepts in the Paris Agreement and How They Evolved, Lavanya Rajamani and Emmanuel Guérin
5: The Legal Form of the Paris Agreement and Nature of its Obligations, Ralph Bodle and Sebastian Oberthür
Part II: Analysis of the Provisions of the Agreement
6: Contextual Provisions (Preamble and Article 1), María Pía Carazo
7: Objective (Article 2.1), Halldór Thorgeirsson
8: Guiding Principles and General Obligation (Article 2.2 and Article 3), Lavanya Rajamani
9: Mitigation (Article 4), Harald Winkler
10: Conserving and Enhancing Sinks and Reservoirs of Greenhouse Gases, including Forests (Article 5), Antonio La Viña and Alaya de Leon
11: Market and Non-Market Approaches to Enhance Mitigation (Article 6), Andrew Howard
12: Adaptation (Article 7), Irene Suárez and Angela Churie
13: Loss and Damage (Article 8), Linda Siegele
14: Climate Finance (Article 9), Jorge Gastelumendi and Inka Gnittke
15: Technology Development and Transfer (Article 10), Heleen de Coninck and Ambuj Sagar
16: Capacity-Building (Article 11), Crispin D´Auvergne and Matti Nummelin
17: Education, Training, Public Awareness, Participation and Access to Information (Article 12), Jeniffer Hanna Collado
18: Transparency (Article 13), Yamide Dagnet and Kelly Levin
19: Global Stocktake (Article 14), Jürgen Friedrich
20: Facilitating Implementation of and Promoting Compliance (Article 15), Yamide Dagnet and Eliza Northrop
21: Institutional Arrangements and Final Clauses (Articles 16-29), Christina Voigt
Part III: Concluding Reflections
22: Assessment of Strengths and Weaknesses, Meinhard Doelle
23: Implications for Public International Law, María Pía Carazo and Daniel Klein
Prologue
Appendices
Paris Agreement
Decision Adopting the Paris Agreement
Bibliography