Chapter 3: The UNFCCC Regime, From Rio to Paris

Recommended materials

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, 9 May 1992, 1771 UNTS 107

Paris Agreement, 12 December 2015, in annex of decision 1/CP.21, “Adoption of the Paris Agreement” (12 December 2015)

UNFCCC Secretariat, Aggregate effect of the intended nationally determined contributions: an update, doc. FCCC/CP/2016/2 (2 May 2016)

Supplementary materials

Daniel Bodansky, “The Paris Climate Change Agreement: A New hope?” (2016) 110:2 American Journal of International Law 288

Daniel Bodansky, “The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change: A Commentary” (1993) 18:2 Yale Journal of International Law 451

Latest materials

Peter Lawrence & Daryl Wong, “Soft law in the Paris Climate Agreement: Strength or weakness?”

(2017) 26:3 Review of European, Comparative & International Environmental Law 276 https://doi.org/10.1111/reel.12210 An intriguing article, drawing distinctions between binding and non-binding obligations. But isn’t an obligation, by definition, binding? I disagree on the definition of the Paris Agreement, a treaty, as a source of “soft law.” The second sentence of article 4(2) of the Paris …

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Bonn Climate Conference Becomes Launch-Pad for Higher Ambition

An accessible report on the outcomes of the inter-sessional meeting preparing COP24.https://unfccc.int/news/bonn-climate-conference-becomes-launch-pad-for-higher-ambition

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