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1st Edition

EU Climate Diplomacy
Politics, Law and Negotiations

ISBN 9781138097285
Published April 26, 2018 by Routledge
196 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The European Union has long played a leadership role in the global response to climate change, including the development and dissemination of climate-friendly technologies such as renewable energy. EU diplomacy has been a vital contributor to the development of international cooperation on climate change through the agreement of the United Nations Climate Convention, its Kyoto Protocol and, most recently, the Paris Agreement. In addition, the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States means that the EU contribution to climate diplomacy will become more important still, both in filling the leadership gap (together with other major economies) and in responding to any sabotage by the Trump administration.

This book will extend knowledge of the EU as a key actor in climate diplomacy by bringing together leading practitioners and researchers in this field to take stock of the EU’s current role and emerging issues. Contributions will be grouped into three strands: 1) the interplay between EU climate diplomacy and internal EU politics; 2) how the EU’s legal order is a factor that determines, enables and constrains its climate diplomacy; and 3) the EU’s contribution to diplomacy concerning climate technology both under the Climate Convention and more broadly. Collectively, these contributions will chart the EU’s role at a critical time of transition and uncertainty in the international response to climate change.

EU Climate Diplomacy: Politics, Law and Negotiations will be of great relevance to students, scholars and policymakers with an interest in international climate politics and policy, transnational environmental law and politics and EU studies more generally.

Table of Contents


Foreword by Ernst Stetter and Peer Zumbansen

 SECTION 1: Introductory material

  1. Introduction: EU climate diplomacy in a time of disruption
  2. Stephen Minas and Vassilis Ntousas

    SECTION 2: Politics

  3. Party politics and EU climate policy
  4. Robert Ladrech

  5. Diplomacy, democracy and impossible ideas
  6. Emily Barritt

  7. The historical evolution of EU climate leadership and four scenarios for its future
  8. Hayley Walker and Katja Biedenkopf

    SECTION 3: Law

  9. The relationship between domestic and EU policy developments: the Greek case as a paradigm on climate change and clean energy
  10. George Dellis and Eugenia Giannini

  11. The sustainable energy transition through international and EU law
  12. Stuart Bruce

  13. Toward the East: the Energy Community and the extension of EU climate governance
  14. Stephen Minas

  15. The Investment Plan for Europe: private capital and climate governance
  16. Megan Bowman

    SECTION 4: Negotiations

  17. Climate technology diplomacy through the UNFCCC and beyond
  18. Matthew Kennedy

  19. Technology and the Paris Agreement: from means of implementation to climate innovation to transformation
  20. Karsten Krause

  21. Climate diplomacy and the UNFCCC institutions: the case of the Adaptation Fund
  22. Laura Hanning Scarborough

  23. The climate-energy-trade nexus in EU external relations

          Rafael Leal-Arcas and Eduardo Alvarez Armas

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Stephen Minas is an Assistant Professor at the School of Transnational Law, Peking University, China, and Senior Research Fellow in the Transnational Law Institute at King’s College London, UK.

Vassilis Ntousas is the International Relations Policy Advisor at the Foundation for European Progressive Studies, Belgium.


"Thanks for this great book. Climate politics has become the crucial field to win a future or lose track. A brave new world is being shaped and Europe cannot miss its chance to become a pivotal player. Time has come to dilute our differences and stress European common values and shared perceptions of the challenges ahead of us. Equity, social justice, environmental limits and distributional policies are the key parameters to gain confidence in a shared prosperity. They deserve full political engagement." Teresa Ribera, Minister of Climate Change, Energy and Environment, Spain

"At a time when international climate policy is resetting itself to implement the Paris Agreement, EU Climate Diplomacy: Politics, Law and Negotiations is an important contribution that offers valuable insights on the European Union’s leadership on its approach to climate change." - Martijn Wilder AM, Partner, Baker & McKenzie, Australia

"While the EU’s political clout has dwindled, it often led the international climate negotiations by good example. Its strategy to accommodate the US, however, has backfired. The book is, therefore, crucial to understand the EU’s current role and also a timely assessment of the way forward." Dr Christoph Schwarte, Executive Director, Legal Response Initiative, UK

"This book is for me a great contribution to the discussions in the foreign policy domain at EU level, as I am introducing climate diplomacy as a topic into the European Parliament. As climate is a crucial Sustainable Development Goal, Europe has to deliver internally and externally and this book greatly complements this reflection process." Arne Lietz MEP, Member of the European Parliament for the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, Germany

"An extremely valuable, grounded and timely contribution to climate diplomacy policy and practice knowledge. [It] provides an excellent, wide ranging overview and analysis of learning from recent EU political and legal negotiations, debates and strategies." John Wiseman, Professorial Fellow, University of Melbourne, Australia

"EU leadership has perhaps never been more important to global climate politics, yet Europe is gripped by economic, social and political challenges that threaten its leadership potential. This timely volume offers insightful and refreshingly "joined-up" analysis of the EU’s climate-diplomatic opportunities and constraints in the shadow of these wider challenges." Fergus Green, London School of Economics & Political Science, UK

Extracts from reviews:

"[T]his volume of essays is a welcome addition to the literature on EU climate change policy, law, and diplomacy, thanks to its empirical richness." - Lisanne Groen, Climate Law journal.

"The book offers readers a bigger picture of the EU's strategy for addressing climate change in the 21st Century through the lens of international law." - Council of the European Union Library blog.