International Climate Change
July 2015

The purpose of this international climate change blog is to provide the latest legal analysis of the international climate change negotiations ahead of, and beyond, the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in December 2015.
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Posted on: 29 July 2015

Obstacles on the road to an effective legal agreement in Paris – Part Two

Posted by: Frances Lawson With the submission of Parties’ mitigation commitments gathering pace, the obstacles to an effective legal agreement at the 21st Conference of the Parties are becoming ever clearer. Below is the second of a selection of the most contentious issues that remain to be resolved if the new agreement is to be

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Posted on: 21 July 2015

Obstacles on the road to an effective legal agreement in Paris – Part One

Posted by: Frances Lawson With the submission of Parties’ mitigation commitments gathering pace, the obstacles to an effective legal agreement at the 21st Conference of the Parties are becoming ever clearer. Below is the first of a selection of the contentious issues that remain to be resolved if the new agreement is to be credible

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Posted on: 13 July 2015

China increases its ambition for COP21 – but will it be enough?

Posted by: Fran Lawson In one of the most anticipated moments ahead of the 21st Conference of the Parties, China, the world’s single largest emitter of greenhouse gases, finally showed its hand to the world by delivering its proposed contribution to the Paris Agreement in person to the French Government on 30th June. The 36-page

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Posted on: 2 July 2015

Widening participation and legal efficacy under the UNFCCC

Posted by: Frances Lawson Since 1992, the legal climate change regime under the UNFCCC has had a straightforward, but narrow, structure – national governments are the sole Parties to the Convention, all legal obligations are placed upon them, all actions are to be taken by them, and the benefits – such as finance and other

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