International Climate Change
June 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: 24 June 2015

A landmark in climate litigation

Posted by: Frances Lawson As legal precedents go, this could be one of the most significant of our time. A Dutch court has just compelled the country’s government to increase its carbon emissions reductions over the next five years. Basing its judgment on scientific consensus as regards climate change, the Dutch court in the Hague

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Posted on: 23 June 2015

Is it time for a change of approach to the climate change negotiations?

Posted by: Frances Lawson In a highly divisive arena where common ground remains at a premium, one area of agreement among all the actors involved is that COP21 needs to be presented as a success. It is therefore easy to find positive stories, some real, some spin, proclaiming the progress made and extolling the commitment

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Posted on: 22 June 2015

Intended Nationally Determined Contributions and the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Negotiations

Posted by: Frances Lawson Since the 19th Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, parties have been developing their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (or INDCs) to comprise the mitigation commitments for post-2020 under the new protocol or other legally binding instrument to be agreed at COP21 in Paris in

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Posted on: 16 June 2015

No ‘bonne nouvelle’ from Bonn

Posted by: Frances Lawson It was never going to be easy, but hopes that intense negotiations in Bonn (UNFCCC) would shift the climate change negotiations onto a smooth track running fast to Paris have been dashed. One of the key tasks – to reduce the unwieldy 90-page negotiating text into something far more manageable –

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Posted on: 11 June 2015

The Moroccan INDC – more than just a mitigation commitment  

Posted by: Frances Lawson In the fraught world of international climate change negotiations, some things can be more significant than they initially seem. Although only a relatively small country and insignificant in terms of emissions, Morocco’s mitigation pledge ahead of COP21 falls into this category. As host of next year’s climate change conference – the

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