Global climate change is a topic of continuously growing interest. As more international treaties come into force, media coverage has increased and many universities are now starting to conduct courses specifically on climate change laws and policies. This textbook provides a survey of the international law on climate change, explaining how significant international agreements have sought to promote compliance with general norms of international law. Benoit Mayer provides an account of the rules agreed upon through lengthy negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and multiple other forums on mitigation, geoengineering, adaptation, loss and damage and international support. The International Law on Climate Change is suitable for undergraduate and graduate students studying climate, environmental or international law. It is supported by a suite of online resources featuring regularly updated lists of complementary materials and weblinks, and annually updated briefs for specific chapters.
Benoit Mayer is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Law at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he teaches international law and environmental law. His research on the international law on climate change has been published in leading journals including the European Journal of International Law, the Asian Journal of International Law, Transnational Environmental Law and Climatic Change.
1. Introduction; 2. The rationale for international action on climate change; 3. The UNFCCC regime, from Rio to Paris; 4. Relevant developments in other regimes; 5. Relevant norms of general international law; 6. Differentiation; 7. International action on climate change mitigation; 8. Flexibility mechanisms; 9. Geoengineering; 10. International action on climate change adaptation; 11. Loss and damage; 12. International support; 13. Ambition and compliance; 14. Adjudication; 15. Non-state actors; 16. International law in times of climate change.