The Role of Non-State Actors in Reviewing Ambition, Implementation, and Compliance Under the Paris Agreement

Forthcoming in Climate Law 6(1), 2016.

14 Pages Posted: 8 Feb 2016

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Harro van Asselt

Stockholm Environment Institute; University of Eastern Finland

Date Written: February 1, 2016

Abstract

Non-state actors will play a unique and crucial role in the implementation of the Paris Agreement. Although much of the focus in the run-up to Paris was on mitigation commitments and actions taken by those actors, this essay focuses on another valuable contribution: to hold the Parties to their obligations under the Paris Agreement. Specifically, it argues that, while the formal avenues for non-state actor participation in review processes – seen here to encompass the review of implementation, compliance and effectiveness – remain limited, there are several other ways in which non-state actors can be, and already have been, influential.

Keywords: climate change, compliance, international law, non-state actors, Paris Agreement, transparency UNFCCC

JEL Classification: K32, K33

Suggested Citation

van Asselt, Harro, The Role of Non-State Actors in Reviewing Ambition, Implementation, and Compliance Under the Paris Agreement (February 1, 2016). Forthcoming in Climate Law 6(1), 2016.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2729225 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2729225

Harro Van Asselt (Contact Author)

Stockholm Environment Institute ( email )

Oxford
United Kingdom

University of Eastern Finland ( email )

PO Box 111
Joensuu, 80100
Finland

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