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Emissions Trading: As COP26 is delayed by COVID-19, some thoughts on the international linking of domestic schemes

Introduction Last month, the COP26 UN climate change conference set to take place in Glasgow in November 2020 was postponed due to COVID-19. …

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The Curious Fate of the Doha Amendment

The Doha Amendment has yet formally to enter into force. However, as this note will explain, this treaty is already producing most of its intended legal effects.

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Risky business: Uniper’s potential investor-state dispute against the Dutch coal ban

In pursuit of the ambitious long-term goals of the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius and preferably to 1.5 degrees from…

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Public Interest Litigation Before Domestic Courts in The Netherlands on the Basis of International Law: Article 3:305a Dutch Civil Code

In recent years, the domestic courts in The Hague (Netherlands) have produced a series of judgments on matters of global concern, adjudicated on the basis of international law.

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Climate Change in the Human Rights Committee

  The environment and climate change are amongst the most pressing issues for human rights. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has called it “the greatest…

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Climate Change as a Trigger of Non-Refoulement Obligations Under International Human Rights Law

  The recently published decision of the UN Human Rights Committee (HRC) pursuant to Individual Communication No. 2728/2016 (Teitiota v New Zealand) offers an insight into how…

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Renewable energy incentives: reconciling investment, EU State aid and climate change law

  Domestic incentives for renewable energy production To combat climate change, several States have created so-called ‘renewable energy incentivization schemes’ because they feared that private investors…

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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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COP 24 and Climate Finance: A Stepping Stone or a Blurred Line?

In December 2018, the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), took place in Katowice, Poland. The main…

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Climate Change before the Courts: Urgenda Ruling Redraws the Boundary between Law and Politics

On the 9th of October, the Hague Court of Appeal upheld the first-instance judgment in the Urgenda case, ordering the Dutch State to reduce greenhouse gas…

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