The International Climate Change Treaties: An Ecological Analysis

Posted: 3 Aug 2018

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Olivia Woolley

School of Law, University of Aberdeen

Date Written: July 15, 2018


The article looks critically at provision for addressing the ecological consequences of climate change under the Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement. It finds that they lack key components, most notably a headline goal guiding parties to preserve ecosystem functionality in the face of climate change, which analysis of climate change as an environmental problem suggests that instruments which seek to combat this would need to possess. As a result, efforts to conserve and enhance carbon sink functions and to bolster the resilience of ecosystems in connection with adaptation may be undermined by the lack of an ecological context for climate change mitigation. Conclusions drawn from the analysis are used to propose a legal research agenda for exploration of how the international climate change regime’s effectiveness for preventing ecologically harmful climate change could be enhanced.

Keywords: Climate Change, Ecosystem Protection, Resilience, Adaptation, Environmental Law

Suggested Citation

Woolley, Olivia, The International Climate Change Treaties: An Ecological Analysis (July 15, 2018). Available at SSRN:

Olivia Woolley (Contact Author)

School of Law, University of Aberdeen ( email )

Dunbar Street
Aberdeen, Scotland AB24 3QY
United Kingdom

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