1st Edition

Climate Change Finance and International Law

By Alexander Zahar Copyright 2017
    180 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    180 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Since 2010, a significant quantity of international climate change finance has begun to reach developing countries. However, the transfer of finance under the international climate change regime – the legal and ethical obligations that underpin it, the constraints on its use, its intended outcomes, and its successes, failures, and future potential – constitutes a poorly understood topic.

    Climate Change Finance and International Law fills this gap in the legal scholarship. The book analyses the legal obligations of developed countries to financially support qualifying developing countries to pursue globally significant mitigation and adaptation outcomes, as well as the obligations of the latter under the international regime of financial support. Through case studies of climate finance mechanisms and a multitude of other sources, this book delivers a rich legal and empirical understanding of the implementation of states’ climate finance obligations to date.

    The book will be of interest to scholars and students of international law and policy, international relations, and the maturing field of climate change law.


    1. Climate finance: Concepts and institutions
    2. Climate finance in legal scholarship
    3. Legal obligations of states relating to climate finance
    4. State performance of obligations on climate finance
    5. The philosophy of the control of nature


    Alexander Zahar is Professor of Law at the Research Institute of Environmental Law, Wuhan University, China. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Climate Law (Brill).

    This book gives an unprecedented and imaginative scholarly analysis of an important emerging field of international law, which is critical to advancing a solution to the problem of climate change."
    Tianbao Qin, Wuhan University, China

    "In the crowded field of climate law scholarship, Dr Zahar's book makes a significant breakthrough in our understanding of the legal context of financing solutions to global warming, especially in regard to multilateral funding mechanisms and support for developing countries. This excellent book will further cement his global reputation as one of the leading climate law scholars."
    Benjamin J. Richardson, University of Tazmania, Australia