Issue 1/2007


Tracking Down the Future Climate Regime – An Assessment of Current Negotiations under the U.N.
Dr. Camilla Bausch, Michael Mehling
Heads of State of eight major industrialised nations recently affirmed that the United Nations will remain “the appropriate forum for negotiating future global action on climate change.” Within the U.N., however, a number of concurrent “tracks” have emerged for negotiations and discussions, accompanied by a certain degree of overlap and giving rise to questions on the mandate, scope, and limitations of each track as a pathway to a future climate regime.
In the Market Deconstructing Emission Reduction Purchase Agreements: Three Jurisprudential Challenges
Karl Upston-Hooper
The purpose of this comment is to briefly consider the evolution, and possible future direction, of Emission Reduction Purchase Agreements (“ERPAs”), and to suggest three areas for future legal scholarship in relation to such agreements.
The EU ETS – Latest Developments and the Way Forward
Sharon Long, Giedre Kaminskaite-Salters
Climate change is rarely out of the news these days as a political, economic and scientific consensus about the global impacts of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions becomes reality. This is the case again following the recent publication by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) of its latest reports into the issue.
The Future of the CDM in a Post-Kyoto World
Dr. Charlotte Streck, Thiago Borma Chagas
The Heiligendamm Declaration formulates the common understanding of the leaders of the Group of Eight (G8) nations that “substantial” cuts in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are necessary to avoid, to the extent possible, catastrophic climate change.
The European Union and Climate Change: Leading the Way towards a Post-2012 Regime?
Michael Mehling, Leonardo Massai
Observers of past and current negotiations on international climate policy are likely to agree that the European Union has been a consistent advocate of stringent mitigation commitments, often calling for more ambitious climate efforts against strong resistance in several industrialised and developing countries.
The Changing Climate for United States Law
David M. Driesen
Just a few years ago, the subject of American climate change law would not merit an article like this one, let alone the book that the American Bar Association has recently published on the subject. But the United States has changed, at least somewhat. At the moment, most important United States climate change law consists of state and local law, but there are signs that the federal government may create significant climate change law as well, at least after President Bush leaves office.
Climate Change: A Security (Council) Issue?
Francesco Sindico
On 17 April 2007, the United Nations Security Council held a groundbreaking open debate at the ministerial level on the relationship between energy, security, and climate.
From UN-ity to Diversity? The UNFCCC, the Asia-Pacific Partnership, and the Future of International Law on Climate Change
Harro van Asselt
In February 2007, an assessment by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) gave the alarming message that it is now more than 90% certain that human activities contribute to a global average temperature increase.
Current Developments
Francesco Sindico, Leonardo Massai, Kyle Danish, Van Ness Feldman
A periodic review of central developments in the area of climate regulation and the carbon market, covering legislative activities, high-level events, and new case law at the international and regional level.
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