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Trends in Climate Change Legislation

Edited by Alina Averchenkova, Principal Research Fellow, Sam Fankhauser, Director and Michal Nachmany, Research Officer, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, London School of Economics, UK
A deepening understanding of the importance of climate change has caused a recent and rapid increase in the number of climate change or climate-related laws. Trends in Climate Change Legislation offers an astute analysis of the political, institutional and economic factors that have motivated this surge, placing it into context.
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Publication Date: December 2017
ISBN: 978 1 78643 577 4
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A deepening understanding of the importance of climate change has caused a recent and rapid increase in the number of climate change or climate-related laws. Trends in Climate Change Legislation offers an astute analysis of the political, institutional and economic factors that have motivated this surge, placing it into context.

By focusing the analysis on both developed and developing countries, the contributors offer an extensive exploration of climate change legislation, and how it has been enacted on a global scale. Vitally, they make the link between the international commitments under the Paris Agreement and their delivery at national level. Concluding that strong climate legislation is essential to give credibility to the pledges that countries made in Paris, this book identifies the key provisions that good climate laws should contain, and addresses factors that influence the passing of climate laws.

This stimulating and informative book will be of particular interest to parliamentarians, policy makers and lawyers involved in areas of climate policy and environmental law. It will also appeal to students and researchers with an interest in climate change legislation.
‘This book is an essential and timely reference tool for parliamentarians and policy makers on practical aspects of climate change legislation. Parliamentarians play a critical role in designing, adopting and implementing appropriate legislation to make the Paris Agreement effective. Trends in Climate Change Legislation provides important insights into how legislators and policy makers can close the policy gap on climate change – the most defining challenge of our time.’
– Saber Hossain Chowdhury, President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union

‘Climate governance is adopting a more open and polycentric form. This important new book sheds new light on the unexpected proliferation of climate legislation at the national level, focusing on its adoption, legal form and unfolding effects on private actors and the judiciary. At such a critical point in the history of international climate diplomacy, when practitioners are anxiously seeking new ways to plug governance “gaps”, this book carefully explores the promise – and the limits – to governing via national legislation.’
– Andrew Jordan, University of East Anglia, UK

‘The Paris Climate Agreement was a landmark of international diplomacy, but it is not self-executing. Fulfilling its objectives will require domestic implementing legislation in almost all of the nearly 200 countries that are signing on, but most countries lack the needed laws. This book arrives at a crucial time. It is an essential guide to how existing climate legislation around the world should be improved and what new laws should be enacted. Its sharp analysis and exhaustive research will be invaluable to lawmakers and those advising them.’
– Michael B. Gerrard, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School, US
Contributors include: A. Abeysinghe, A. Averchenkova, M. Bangalore, S. Barakat, A. Bowen, A. Clare, S. Fankhauser, J. França, I. Galarraga, C. Gennaioli, F. Green, S. Matikainen, M. Nachmany, I. Neuweg, E. Sainz de Murieta, J. Setzer

Contents:

1. Introduction
A. Averchenkova, S. Fankhauser and M. Nachmany

PART I How Climate Change Legislation Comes About
2. The national and international drivers of climate change legislation
A. Clare, S. Fankhauser and C. Gennaioli

3. Climate change legislation and policy in China, the European Union and the United States
I. Neuweg and A. Averchenkova

4. Climate legislation in the Least Developing Countries
M. Nachmany, A. Abeysinghe and S. Barakat

PART II What Climate Change Legislation Should Contain
5. The normative foundations of climate legislation
F. Green

6. Institutional aspects of climate legislation
A. Averchenkova and M. Nachmany

7. Good practice in low-carbon policy
A. Bowen and S. Fankhauser

PART III Climate Change Legislation in the Wider Context
8. Climate policy at the sub-national level
I. Galarraga, E. Sainz de Murieta and Joan França

9. Regulating climate change in the courts
J. Setzer and M. Bangalore

10. Climate legislation and international commitments
A. Averchenkova and S. Matikainen

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