The Paris Agreement: Some Critical Reflections on Process and Substance
32 Pages Posted: 11 Jan 2017
Date Written: November 22, 2016
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
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