Providing in-depth coverage of each article of the Paris Agreement, this Commentary offers a comprehensive, legal analysis of this most recent and important international instrument on climate change. This provision-by-provision textual analysis examines the commitments that parties to the Agreement have made to undertake ambitious efforts to combat climate change and adapt to its effects, whilst providing additional support to developing countries.
Describing the history, implementation and operation of the Paris Agreement, this Commentary is indispensable for obtaining a deep and nuanced understanding of the way in which the global community seeks to intensify its efforts to address climate change. Written by internationally renowned contributors, it discusses recent examples of implementation of the Agreement and nationally determined contributions (NDCs).
Clearly written and accessible, this Commentary will be a vital resource for policy makers and government officials involved in climate change across the globe, whilst also being valuable for practitioners, scholars and students of climate change law and policy.
'This Commentary brings together 22 eminent climate, energy and environmental law scholars to provide a much-needed, comprehensive analysis of the ground-breaking Paris Agreement. This will be a valuable go-to resource for policy makers, scholars and students alike.'
– Jolene Lin, National University of Singapore
'For anyone wanting to understand the intricacies of the all-important Paris Climate Agreement, this book will be indispensable. For each of the Agreement's 29 articles it provides a clear explanation of the origins, meaning and related authorities, with ample references. I wish I had it the last time I was puzzling through a section. The editors and chapter authors, all of them real experts, have provided a major service to everyone involved with or studying global climate governance.'
– Michael B. Gerrard, Columbia Law School, US
'This Commentary is an essential reading for all who want to understand the "what, why and how" of the Paris Agreement's rules and architecture. It offers history, interpretation and implementation guidance in a comprehensive manner. Geert Van Calster and Leonie Reins did an excellent job in making the complexity of the Agreement accessible to a larger audience.'
– Professor Christina Voigt, University of Oslo, Norway
Contributors include: F. Bakhtiari, J. Bäumler, L. Benjamin, B. Boer, E. Calliari, R. Cantley-Smith, N.S. Ghaleigh, R. Haynes, M.F. Hossain, S. Huq, K. Kulovesi, B. Mayer, M. Mehling, G. Mete, L. Nordlander, J. Odermatt, M. Peeters, L. Perugini, D. Puig, F. Rahman, L. Reins, M. Rimmer, B. Rudyk, A. Savaresi, T. Schomerus, H. van Asselt, G. Van Calster, L. Vanhala, C. Verkuijl, M. Wemaëre, C.R. Wenger.
Edited by Geert Van Calster, University of Leuven, Belgium and practising member of the Belgian Bar and Leonie Reins, Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society, Tilburg University, the Netherlands.