Nonstate Actors in the Global Climate Regime

36 Pages Posted: 9 Nov 2007 Last revised: 22 Mar 2014

Kal Raustiala

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law

Natalie Bridgeman

International Human Rights Counsel

Abstract

This paper, written for a forthcoming volume on climate change, provides a positive analysis of the roles and impact of non-state actors (NGOs) in the global climate change regime. It first identifies some of the major actors and distinguishes between two main types of nonstate actors: NGOs and epistemic or expert/scientific communities. Special attention is given to a uniquely important scientific, though not purely nongovernmental, body: the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). We then describe and analyze the activities of nonstate actors, examine their influence on current international responses to global climate change, and assess the significance of their current prominence for theories of international cooperation.

Keywords: global climate change, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), international law, international cooperation, government agencies, non-government agencies

Suggested Citation

Raustiala, Kal and Bridgeman, Natalie, Nonstate Actors in the Global Climate Regime. UCLA School of Law Research Paper No. 07-29. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1028603 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1028603

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Natalie Bridgeman

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