Public Participation and Norm Formation for Risky Technology: Adaptive Governance of Solar-Radiation Management

Climate Law, 2015

Posted: 7 Dec 2020

See all articles by Cymie R. Payne

Cymie R. Payne

Rutgers University; Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - School of Law, Camden

Date Written: October 26, 2015

Abstract

As the international community comes to grips with climate destabilization, it has begun to evaluate potentially risky technologies, such as geoengineering, to mitigate the effects of warming. The geoengineering technology known as solar-radiation management (SRM) poses many risks. There is also great uncertainty about whether society will decide to deploy SRM in the future. Managing these risks and uncertainties requires adaptive governance that will be responsive to new knowledge and changing social systems. We analyse the dimensions of public participation and norm-formation mechanisms of current srm-related legal regimes and governance proposals. We find that there is a need for the social sciences, including legal and governance scholars, to engage with the theoretical and pragmatic challenges of engaging diverse and vulnerable publics fairly and efficiently.

Keywords: solar-radiation management, SRM, climate change, international law

Suggested Citation

Payne, Cymie R. and Payne, Cymie R., Public Participation and Norm Formation for Risky Technology: Adaptive Governance of Solar-Radiation Management (October 26, 2015). Climate Law, 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3724101

Cymie R. Payne (Contact Author)

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - School of Law, Camden

Camden, NJ
United States

Rutgers University ( email )

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New Brunswick, NJ 08901
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