Exploring Legal Form Options for a post-2012 Climate Regime

Exploring Legal Form Options for a post-2012 Climate Regime

Economic & Political Weekly, 8 August 2009

In the run-up to the United Nations conference on climate change, scheduled to be held in Copenhagen, in December 2009 there is a great deal of discussion and speculation about what legal agreement should emerge from that conference. Given the current state of the negotiations, and the range of legal form options that countries are exploring, the most viable route for Copenhagen to adopt may be a transitional option that builds on the strengths of the Kyoto Protocol, provides a lead-in time for more ambitious engagement from key players, and eventually draws the Parties towards a simple, coherent, implementable and ambitious climate regime.