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The Paris Agreement: Historic Breakthrough or High Stakes Experiment?

Forthcoming, Special Issue: 6(1-2) Climate Law (2016).

16 Pages Posted: 27 Dec 2015 Last revised: 25 Jan 2016

Meinhard Doelle

Dalhousie University - Schulich School of Law; Dalhousie University - Marine and Environmental Law Institute

Date Written: December 22, 2015

Abstract

This article offers an overview of the two key outcomes of the 2015 Paris climate negotiations, the Paris COP decision, and the Paris Agreement. They chart a new course for the UN climate regime that started in earnest in Copenhagen in 2009. The Paris Agreement represents a course away from the top down approach and rigid differentiation among parties reflected in the Kyoto Protocol, toward a bottom up and flexible approach focused on collective long term goals and principles. It represents an approach to reaching these long term goals that is focused on self differentiation, support, transparency and review. The article highlights the key elements of the agreement reached in Paris, including its approach to mitigation, adaptation, loss & damage, finance, transparency and compliance.

Keywords: Paris Climate Agreement, UNFCCC, COP 21

Suggested Citation

Doelle, Meinhard, The Paris Agreement: Historic Breakthrough or High Stakes Experiment? (December 22, 2015). Forthcoming, Special Issue: 6(1-2) Climate Law (2016).. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2708148

Meinhard Doelle (Contact Author)

Dalhousie University - Schulich School of Law ( email )

6061 University Avenue
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4H9
Canada

Dalhousie University - Marine and Environmental Law Institute ( email )

6061 University Avenue
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4H9
Canada

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