Climate Change and the Law

  • Erkki J. Hollo
  • Kati Kulovesi
  • Michael Mehling

Part of the Ius Gentium: Comparative Perspectives on Law and Justice book series (IUSGENT, volume 21)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Kati Kulovesi, Michael Mehling, Erkki J. Hollo
    Pages 1-8
  3. Climate Law as an Emerging Discipline

  4. International Climate Law – Architecture and Institutions

  5. International Climate Law – Cross-Cutting Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 189-189
    2. Jonathan Verschuuren
      Pages 257-285
    3. Timo Koivurova, Sébastien Duyck, Leena Heinämäki
      Pages 287-325
  6. International Climate Law – Sectoral Issues

  7. Comparative Climate Law

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 471-471
    2. Michael Mehling, David John Frenkil
      Pages 473-487
    3. Jane Matthews Glenn, José Otero
      Pages 489-507
    4. Michael Mehling, Kati Kulovesi, Javier de Cendra
      Pages 509-522
    5. Felix Ekardt
      Pages 523-536
    6. Colin T. Reid
      Pages 537-549
    7. Sharon Mascher, David Hodgkinson
      Pages 567-584
    8. Hitomi Kimura
      Pages 585-595
    9. Patodia Rastogi
      Pages 605-618
    10. Michael Kidd, Ed Couzens
      Pages 619-638
    11. Haroldo Machado-Filho
      Pages 639-651
    12. Soledad Aguilar, Eugenia Recio
      Pages 653-678
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 679-693

About this book


Climate Change and the Law is the first scholarly effort to systematically address doctrinal issues related to climate law as an emergent legal discipline. It assembles some of the most recognized experts in the field to identify relevant trends and common themes from a variety of geographic and professional perspectives.

In a remarkably short time span, climate change has become deeply embedded in important areas of the law. As a global challenge calling for collective action, climate change has elicited substantial rulemaking at the international plane, percolating through the broader legal system to the regional, national and local levels. More than other areas of law, the normative and practical framework dedicated to climate change has embraced new instruments and softened traditional boundaries between formal and informal, public and private, substantive and procedural; so ubiquitous is the reach of relevant rules nowadays that scholars routinely devote attention to the intersection of climate change and more established fields of legal study, such as international trade law.

Climate Change and the Law explores the rich diversity of international, regional, national, sub-national and transnational legal responses to climate change. Is climate law emerging as a new legal discipline? If so, what shared objectives and concepts define it? How does climate law relate to other areas of law? Such questions lie at the heart of this new book, whose thirty chapters cover doctrinal questions as well as a range of thematic and regional case studies. As Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), states in her preface, these chapters collectively provide a “review of the emergence of a new discipline, its core principles and legal techniques, and its relationship and potential interaction with other disciplines.”


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Editors and affiliations

  • Erkki J. Hollo
    • 1
  • Kati Kulovesi
    • 2
  • Michael Mehling
    • 3
  1. 1., Faculty of LawUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland
  2. 2.StrovolosCyprus
  3. 3.Ecological InstituteWashington D.C.USA

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