International Climate Change Law

26 May 2017
International Climate Change Law
Co-authored by Lavanya Rajamani

The CPR Initiative on Climate, Energy and Environment is pleased to announce the publication of International Climate Change Law, co-authored by Professor Lavanya Rajamani, which 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 tome authored by Daniel Bodansky, Jutta Brunnée, and Lavanya Rajamani provides a clear analytical guide to the climate regime, as well as other relevant international legal rules.

The book locates 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. Further, it 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.

Catherine Redgwell, Chichele Professor of Public International Law, University of Oxford, writes in her review of the book, “This book is a comprehensive and authoritative account of international climate change law by three towering figures in the field… The authors have brought their unique blend of academic expertise and practical experience of the climate regime to produce the definitive work on international climate change law, and what will surely be viewed as an instant classic.”

Philippe Sands, Q C, Professor of Law, University College London in his review writes that "On the ‘defining issue of our age’, Bodansky, Brunnée and Rajamani offer the definitive guide to the history, process and substance of international law's effort to address climate change - and the prospects we face. Measured, authoritative and readable, to the Paris Agreement and, hopefully, beyond."

Jacob Werksman, Principal Advisor, DG Climate Action, European Commission writes "I can think of no better team of "academic practitioners" to bring a balanced insight to this surprisingly complex and subtle area of international law. I am sure even those involved in these negotiations will find new nuance and insight in this book."

Further information about the book can be found here. More detail on Dr. Rajamani’s work can be found here.

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