Leading Towards a Level Playing Field, Repaying Ecological Debt, or Making Environmental Space: Three Stories About International Environmental Cooperation

Osgoode Hall Law Journal, Vol. 43, Nos. 1 & 2, pp. 137-170, 2005

34 Pages Posted: 13 Mar 2011

Date Written: 2005

Abstract

This article considers a number of different ways of conceptualizing the relationship between South and North in the environmental context, focusing on international responses to climate change and, particular, the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. It explores three stories about international cooperation. One derives from the concept of "ecological debt," the second comes from the concept of "environmental space," and the third, which might be said to underlie the U.S. approach to the Kyoto Protocol at the present time, is labelled "leading towards a level playing field." This article provides an overview of all three stories, and attempts to offer some insight into the very different visions of the international community that they encapsulate.

Keywords: International environmental law, Climate change, Developing countries, Ecological debt, Environmental Space

Suggested Citation

Mickelson, Karin, Leading Towards a Level Playing Field, Repaying Ecological Debt, or Making Environmental Space: Three Stories About International Environmental Cooperation (2005). Osgoode Hall Law Journal, Vol. 43, Nos. 1 & 2, pp. 137-170, 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1783086

Karin Mickelson (Contact Author)

UBC Faculty of Law ( email )

1822 East Mall
Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z1
Canada

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