Equity in the 2015 Climate Agreement: Lessons from Differential Treatment in Multilateral Environmental Agreements

21 Pages Posted: 31 Jul 2015 Last revised: 16 Sep 2015

Date Written: November 30, 2014

Abstract

The success of the negotiations under the ADP will depend, among other things, on a common understanding of equitable sharing of efforts and benefits. An equitable climate regime needs to be based on differentiation that is flexible and dynamic and only granted on a temporary basis. Finding reliable yet flexible and dynamic ways for allocating rights and responsibilities accordingly may be the main and toughest task in multilateral environmental treaty-making. This article analyses differentiation in various multilateral environmental agreements and identifies ways for differentiating between states that could be helpful in a climate context.

Keywords: common but differentiated responsibility and respective capabilities, equity, multilateral environmental agreements

JEL Classification: K33, K21

Suggested Citation

Voigt, Christina, Equity in the 2015 Climate Agreement: Lessons from Differential Treatment in Multilateral Environmental Agreements (November 30, 2014). 4 Climate Law 2014, 50-69; University of Oslo Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2015-24. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2637840 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2637840

Christina Voigt (Contact Author)

University of Oslo ( email )

PO Box 6706 St Olavsplass
Oslo, 0130
Norway

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