The Paris Agreement: Some Critical Reflections on Process and Substance

32 Pages Posted: 11 Jan 2017

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Margaretha Wewerinke-Singh

Leiden University; University of the South Pacific, School of Law; University of Cambridge, Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research

Curtis Doebbler

University of Makeni; Webster University (Geneva, Switzerland)

Date Written: November 22, 2016

Abstract

The contribution analyses the Paris Agreement, which was adopted at the 21st Conference of the Parties (‘COP21’) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (‘UNFCCC’). The focus is on the place of the Paris Agreement in the overall international climate change regime established under the UNFCCC. We first discuss the processes that led to the adoption of the Agreement, with particular attention to discussions about the relationship between the Agreement, the UNFCCC and the Kyoto Protocol. We then examine the purpose of the Agreement, including the long- term temperature goal, and review each of the major substantive parts of the treaty. Our analysis concludes with general reflections on the implications of the Agreement for the future of international climate change action under the auspices of the UNFCCC.

Keywords: climate change, international law, UNFCCC, Paris Agreement, climate law, climate governance

Suggested Citation

Wewerinke-Singh, Margaretha and Doebbler, Curtis FJ, The Paris Agreement: Some Critical Reflections on Process and Substance (November 22, 2016). University of New South Wales Law Journal, Vol. 39, No. 4, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2884196

Margaretha Wewerinke-Singh (Contact Author)

Leiden University ( email )

Leiden University Law Faculty
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University of the South Pacific, School of Law ( email )

Emalus Campus
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Vanuatu

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University of Cambridge, Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research ( email )

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United Kingdom

Curtis FJ Doebbler

University of Makeni ( email )

Sylvanus Koroma Campus
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Makeni, Northern Province 10000
Sierra Leone
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HOME PAGE: http://universityofmakeni.com

Webster University (Geneva, Switzerland) ( email )

Route de Collex 15
Bellevue, CH- 1293
Switzerland

HOME PAGE: http://Webster.edu

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