Neglected Sovereignty: Filling Canada's Climate Change Gap with Unilateral Measures

(2015) 29 Journal of Environmental Law and Practice 361

21 Pages Posted: 3 Jun 2019

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Sharon Mascher

Faculty of Law, University of Calgary; Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education, University of Western Australia

Date Written: December 1, 2015

Abstract

In the over two decades since the UNFCCC entered into force, the need to take action on climate change has become much more urgent. Despite the UNFCCC, its companion Kyoto Protocol, the Copenhagen Accord, the Cancun Agreement and the Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol, global GHG emissions have continued to rise. According to the IPCC’s Climate Change 2014 Synthesis Report, in order to have a “likely” chance of maintaining warming below 28C over pre-industrial temperatures, global GHG emissions need to drop between 40-70% by 2050 compared to 2010 and to near zero or below by 2100. While some developed nations, most notably those within the European Union, have taken the climate change challenge seriously, others such as Canada have lagged well behind. As the science becomes clearer, and significant and irreversible changes are increasingly locked into the climate system, this paper argues that if Canada continues to neglect its sovereign responsibility to put in place policies and measures to mitigate GHG emissions other countries may well have the legal right to use unilateral measures to fill the gap.

Keywords: climate change; trade measures; border adjustments

JEL Classification: K32, K33, K39

Suggested Citation

Mascher, Sharon, Neglected Sovereignty: Filling Canada's Climate Change Gap with Unilateral Measures (December 1, 2015). (2015) 29 Journal of Environmental Law and Practice 361, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3378688

Sharon Mascher (Contact Author)

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Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education, University of Western Australia ( email )

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