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International Climate Change Law

Daniel Bodansky, Jutta Brunnée, and Lavanya Rajamani

25 May 2017

ISBN: 9780199664306

416 pages

In Stock

Price: £52.00

Written by experts in the field, this textbook provides a comprehensive overview of international climate change law.


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.

  • Comprehensive overview of international climate change law offering a perfect introduction to the field for students
  • Assesses all of the relevant international instruments and conventions dealing with climate change
  • Explores the intersections between climate change law and human rights law, migration law, and trade law
  • Provides detailed footnotes and a select bibliography offering references to wider academic sources for advanced study and research

About the Author(s)

Daniel Bodansky, Foundation Professor, Sandra Day O'Conner College of Law, Jutta Brunnée, Professor of Law, University of Toronto, and Lavanya Rajamani, Professor, Centre for Policy Research

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 Brunnée 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, Brunnée 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 a Professor of International Environmental Law, Faculty of Law, University of Oxford, and Yamani Fellow in Public International Law, St Peter's College, Oxford. She was previously Professor at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi. Rajamani 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.

Table of Contents

    2:Climate Change and International Law
    3:Treaty-Based Lawmaking: Rules, Tools and Techniques
    4:Evolution of the United Nations Climate Regime
    5: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


"the Bodansky, Brunnée, and Rajamani textbook, written by three of the field's top experts, provides tough competition and remains the key reference on international climate change law." - Kati Kulovesi, German Yearbook of International Law

"The authors have a long and illustrious record on climate change issues, and the reader would naturally expect to find therein the highest level of scholarship, set out in meticulous detail, and the broadening insight the practical involvement with climate negotiations brings to any doctrinal work. The final product delivers on each one of these points. ... the authors have produced a comprehensive analysis of a whole new area of international law, both discussing in depth the full extent of its regulatory content and debating its interface with the complex and polycentric context of the other international regimes that embrace and, ultimately, reinforce it. And, in spite of their concerns as to the transient nature of their research in a subject more than usually prone to the trials and tribulations of political controversy, they have indeed given us a tour de force on the matter. Highly recommended." - Maria Gavouneli, Yearbook of International Environmental Law

"This book is a comprehensive and authoritative account of international climate change law by three towering figures in the field. In addition to providing incisive legal analysis of the climate regime as it has evolved from the Framework Convention and Kyoto Protocol to the recent Paris Agreement, it offers a broader perspective on climate governance and the intersection of climate change law with other areas of international regulation. 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. Written in erudite yet accessible fashion, this is a must have for students, scholars and practitioners of international climate change law." - Catherine Redgwell, Chichele Professor of Public International Law, University of Oxford

"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." - Philippe Sands Q C, Professor of Law, University College London

"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." - Jacob Werksman, Principal Advisor, DG Climate Action, European Commission

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