1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Climate Law and Governance Courage, Contributions and Compliance

    440 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Routledge Handbook of Climate Law and Governance: Courage, Contributions and Compliance recognises UN calls for urgent action reflected in recent reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC, Aug 2021) and convenes insights from leading legal academic experts and professionals on emerging issues in climate law.

    The book explores the role of law and governance in advancing global responses to climate change and advancing sustainable development. It is based on careful study of international advances and of the full spectrum of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to the global response to climate change, as submitted by Paris Agreement Parties to the UNFCCC Secretariat, and compiles a compelling, coherent and systematic topical account from across diverse legal jurisdictions. Analytical chapters written by leading experts, practitioners and emerging scholars close to ongoing climate negotiations explore recent legal and institutional innovations related to climate change which can advance the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They focus on examples of raising ambition through law and policy, on reforms of national legal and institutional arrangements to implement NDCs, and on the role of international law and governance in fostering effective Paris Agreement implementation.

    Presenting a pathway for advancing climate ambition in the coming decades, this book will be of interest to academics, students, professionals and policy makers working in the area of climate law and governance.




    List of Treaties

    Table of Cases

    List of Contributors



    1         Introduction

    Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger, Christina Voigt, Lydia Young & Zunaida Moosa Wadiwala

    PART I The Challenge of Global Climate Change and Sustainable Development

    2        The Urgency of Global Response to Climate Change

              Ayman Cherkaoui & Zunaida Moosa Wadiwala

    3       Climate Change Courage, Contributions and Compliance in the Context of the UN Sustainable Development Goals

             Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger

    4       The UNFCCC, the Paris Agreement and Legal Obligations for Climate Action

              Christina Voigt & Lydia Young

    PART II Courage in Advancing International Law on Climate Change for Sustainable Development


    5        Advancing Climate Action in Trade, Investment and Financial Agreements

              Markus W. Gehring & Emily Morison


    6        Exploring Nature-Based Solutions to Climate Change in International Law

              Jorge Cabrera Medaglia & Lydia Young


    7        Linking International Human Rights Law and Climate Change

              Sumudu Atapattu


    8        Promoting Access to Information, Public Participation and Justice on Climate Change

              Valentina Durán & Ignacio Sánchez González


    9        The High Seas Treaty and Interactions with Climate Change

              Cassie Lumsden & Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger


    10      Expanding the Search on Climate-Induced Migration

              Maya Prabhu & Avidan Kent


    PART III Contributions to Increasing Ambition on Climate Change through Law


    11      Legal Creativity and Private Financing to Implement the Paris Agreement in the United Kingdom

              Megan Bowman & Emily Webster


    12     Scaling up Paris Agreement Implementation through Climate Law in International Water Law Regulations with Special Focus on Europe

             Alexandra Harrington & Barbara Janusz-Pawletta


    13     Law and Governance Contributions to Energy Transitions in Latin America

             Margarita Nieves-Zárate


    14     Legal Aspects of Achieving the Just Transitions in Poland

             Magdalena Stryja, Agnieszka Bielska-Brodziak & Tomasz Pietrzykowski


    15     Legal and Governance Contributions to Climate Ambition through REDD+ in Francophone African Countries

             Erick Kassongo


    16     Legal Contributions to Climate Action through Oceans and Marine Resources Stewardship in Small Island States

             Freedom-Kai Phillips, Alexandra Harrington & Elizabeth Nwarueze


    17     Legal and Governance Challenges for the Implementation of NDCs in Morocco, Jordan and Tunisia

             Hassan Agouzoul, Afef Hammami-Marrakchi, Abdelnaser Zeyad Hayajneh, Markus W. Gehring & Gwyneth Boone


    18     Legal Contributions to Incentivising Investment for Paris Agreement Adaptation and Resilience in Ukraine

             Oleksandr Diachuk, Mariia Stolbova, Markus W. Gehring & Gwyneth Boone


    19     Legal and Governance Response to Loss & Damage in Bangladesh & Zambia

             M. Hafijul Islam Khan & Pamela Towela Sambo


    PART IV Compliance and Implementation of the Paris Agreement through International Legal Innovation


    20        Operationalizing the Paris Agreement Implementation and Compliance Committee (PAICC)

                Christina Voigt


    21        Submitting Mandatory Reports under the Paris Agreement Transparency Framework

                Christopher Campbell-Duruflé & Raúl Salas Reyes


    22        Operationalizing Article 6 of the Paris Agreement

                Michael A. Mehling


    23        Incentivising International Finance for Net Zero Paris Agreement Implementation

                Wendy Miles KC & Douglas Leys KC


    24        Advancing Paris Agreement Alignment in International Financial Institutions

                Thomas M. Clark, Michael Strauss, Christina Pak & Hyfa Azeez  


    25        Exploring Low Carbon and Energy Efficient Procurement as a Tool for Paris Agreement Implementation

                Jellie Molino


    26        Regulating the Disclosure of Climate-Related Finance Risks

                Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger, Lara Douvartzidis & David Gayle


    27        Examining Litigation Aspects of Nationally Determined Contributions

                Amelia Burnette, Kate McKenzie & Francesco Sindico



    PART V Conclusions & Future Directions for Climate Law & Governance



    28        Achieving Increased Ambition through International Tribunals

                Rosa M. Fernández Egea & Pau de Vilchez Moragues


    29        Prioritising Gender Law & Policy Aspects of Climate Action

                Anusheh Fawad


    30        Exploring the Potential of the Paris Agreement to Decolonize International Law

                Mrinalini Shinde


    31        Addressing Human Mobility in International Law on Climate Change and Beyond

                Cosmin Corendea & Chhaya Bhardwaj


    32        Advancing the Legal Research, Capacity and Awareness for Climate Law and Governance

                Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger, Christina Voigt & Tejas Rao




    Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger, PhD (ad eund, Cantab), DPhil (Oxon), MEM (Yale), BCL & LLB (McGill), BA Hons (Carl/UVic) FRSC FRSA WIJA holds the Chair in Sustainable Development Law and Policy at the University of Cambridge, where she is Law Fellow, Director of Studies and Programme Director in Lucy Cavendish College. She also serves as Senior Director of the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL), Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Climate Law and Governance Initiative and Vice-President of the International Law Association (ILA) of Canada, among others. As former senior legal advisor to the International Development Law Organization, other intergovernmental organizations, treaty bodies and governments, also editor/board of several law journals and book series, she has published over 25 books and 160 papers on law, policy and sustainable development including climate change, and is co-recipient of the Climate Law and Governance Global Leadership Award, also laureate of the Justicia Fundamentum Regnorum and the Weeramantry International Justice Award (WIJA) and other distinguished honours.


    Christina Voigt, PhD (Oslo), LLM.Env. (Auckland), Rechtswissenschaft (Passau and Munich), is full Professor of Law at the Department of Public and International Law, University of Oslo, Norway, and chair of the IUCN World Commission of Environmental Law and Member of the IUCN Council. Author of numerous academic articles, a monograph, and several edited volumes including Non-Compliance Mechanisms versus International Courts, Research Handbook on REDD+ and International Law and Rule of Law for Nature , she holds the inaugural Junior Scholarship Prize of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law among other distinguished awards and honours. She has served the Norwegian government as lead negotiator on REDD+ and as principal legal advisor in the UN climate negotiations; negotiating, inter alia, the Paris Agreement and its Rulebook. She has served co-facilitator for the negotiations on the rules for the Paris Agreement´s implementation and compliance committee (PAICC). In 2019, she was elected by the first meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement as a member of PAICC and currently serves as inaugural Co-Chair of the PAICC.