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The International Climate Change Regime: The Road from Copenhagen

Viewpoints Series, Harvard Project on International Climate Agreements, 2010

7 Pages Posted: 19 Oct 2010 Last revised: 24 Oct 2010

Daniel Bodansky

Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

Date Written: October 18, 2010

Abstract

The failure of the Copenhagen conference to adopt a new legal agreement on climate change is blamed by some on poor chairing or other transitory factors. But the problems with the UN climate change negotiations are more fundamental and are unlikely to go away anytime soon. Rather than putting all of our eggs in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change basket or listening to the siren song of a new legal agreement, states should seek to address climate change in additional forums and through additional means. This essay for the Viewpoints Series of the Harvard Project on International Climate Agreements analyzes why the Copenhagen Conference was so difficult and assesses possible paths forward.

Keywords: Climate Change, International, Environmental, Kyoto, Copenhagen Conference, UNFCCC

JEL Classification: K33, K32, N40

Suggested Citation

Bodansky, Daniel, The International Climate Change Regime: The Road from Copenhagen (October 18, 2010). Viewpoints Series, Harvard Project on International Climate Agreements, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1693889

Daniel Bodansky (Contact Author)

Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law ( email )

Box 877906
Tempe, AZ 85287-7906
United States

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