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A Human Right to Carbon Import Restrictions? On the Notion of ‘Embedded Emissions’ in Klimaseniorinnen v Switzerland

The European Court of Human Rights’ (ECtHR) climate decisions are out, and comments followed suit (for general overviews: here, here, and…

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A Swiss human rights budget?

In his vigorous, thoroughly readable, partly dissenting opinion to the recent ECtHR climate change ruling (Verein KlimaSeniorinnen Schweiz and Others v. Switzerland), Judge Eicke wonders…

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Whose emissions are these anyway? The Paris Agreement and greenhouse gas emissions emanating from occupied territories: a case study of Ukraine, Georgia and Russia

The Paris Agreement, hailed as a “historic agreement” to tackle climate change, does not directly address the impact that armed conflicts can…

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Bringing Deforestation before an International Court?

  Deforestation is a key issue in the fight against climate change. In all areas of the world, forests are being transformed for different uses, all leading to…

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Reflections on the US withdrawal from the Paris Climate Change Agreement

Ending months of fevered speculation, President Donald Trump fulfilled his campaign promise and announced US withdrawal from the 2015 Paris Agreement last week. He did so because…

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The US and the Paris Agreement: In or Out and at What Cost?

Ever since President Donald Trump won the US elections, climate pundits have been playing the ‘will they, won’t they’ game in relation to US withdrawal from the hard-won…

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On the Paris Agreement’s Imminent Entry Into Force (Part II of II)

This is Part II of a two-part post. What are the Consequences of the Paris Agreement’s Entering into Force? The Paris Agreement is…

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On the Paris Agreement’s Imminent Entry Into Force (Part I of II)

This is Part I of a two-part post. Rapid Entry Into Force or the “Rush to Ratify” The Paris Agreement will enter into…

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The power of 2°C: towards a new paradigm of international lawmaking?

The outcomes of the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) — the Paris Agreement — is widely lauded…

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The Paris Agreement: A Rejoinder

In his analysis of the recently adopted Paris Agreement, Professor Jorge Viñuales shed light on the main features of this new treaty. He concludes that, while the…

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