Pope Francis’ Encyclical on the Environment as Private Environmental Governance

George Washington Journal of Energy & Environmental Law (Forthcoming)

23 Pages Posted: 19 Jan 2018

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Albert Lin

University of California, Davis - School of Law

Date Written: January 12, 2018

Abstract

This Article analyzes Pope Francis’ 2015 environmental encyclical, “Laudato Si’,” as a form of private environmental governance. Focusing on the effects of the encyclical, this Article explores efforts to disseminate and implement the encyclical, its effects on public views regarding climate change and other environmental issues, and its invocation in policy debates. The encyclical relates to formal law in several ways: it can inform the law, it can raise (or lower) support for new laws, it can function as soft law and become a foundation for hard law, and it can motivate extra-legal efforts that complement the law while operating independently of it. This Article explores these various modes of influence and compares the efforts of the Roman Catholic Church to implement the encyclical with private environmental governance initiatives by transnational corporations.

Suggested Citation

Lin, Albert, Pope Francis’ Encyclical on the Environment as Private Environmental Governance (January 12, 2018). George Washington Journal of Energy & Environmental Law (Forthcoming), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3101153

Albert Lin (Contact Author)

University of California, Davis - School of Law ( email )

Martin Luther King, Jr. Hall
Davis, CA CA 95616-5201
United States

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