Shipping and Climate Change: International Law and Policy Considerations

106 Pages Posted: 15 Feb 2018 Last revised: 30 Jul 2020

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Aldo Chircop

Dalhousie University - Schulich School of Law

Meinhard Doelle

Dalhousie University - Schulich School of Law; World Maritime University (WMU); Dalhousie University - Marine and Environmental Law Institute

Ryan Gauvin

Dalhousie University - Marine and Environmental Law Institute

Date Written: February 1, 2018

Abstract

This report investigates the international law and policy challenges to the determination of the international shipping industry's contribution to climate change mitigation efforts through the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a specialized agency of the United Nations and the competent intergovernmental organization with respect to shipping in international law. The report sets out the international legal framework that serves as context for the IMO efforts, the challenge of regulating greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping and the process and issues in determining the industry's 'fair share' of mitigation efforts and potential legal pathways. The report concludes with general, policy and legal considerations that have a bearing on the current and possible future directions of the nascent IMO strategy and potential legal pathways.

Keywords: climate change, international shipping, IMO, UNFCCC, Paris Climate Agreement, GHG emissions

Suggested Citation

Chircop, Aldo and Doelle, Meinhard and Gauvin, Ryan, Shipping and Climate Change: International Law and Policy Considerations (February 1, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3113274 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3113274

Aldo Chircop

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Meinhard Doelle (Contact Author)

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Dalhousie University - Marine and Environmental Law Institute ( email )

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Ryan Gauvin

Dalhousie University - Marine and Environmental Law Institute ( email )

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Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4H9
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