International Climate Change Law

Daniel Bodansky, Jutta Brunnée, Lavanya Rajamani

International Climate Change Law

Daniel Bodansky, Jutta Brunnée, Lavanya Rajamani






25 May 2017


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Written by three experts in the field, this text provides a comprehensive overview of international climate change law. Climate change is one of the fundamental challenges facing the world today, and is the cause of significant international concern. In response, states have created an international climate regime. The treaties that comprise the regime - the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the 1997 Kyoto Protocol and the 2015 Paris Agreement  establish a system of governance to address climate change and its impacts. This book provides a clear analytical guide to the climate regime, as well as other relevant international legal rules.

International Climate Change Law begins by locating international climate change law within the broader context of international law and international environmental law. It considers the evolution of the international climate change regime, and the process of law-making that has led to it. It examines the key provisions of the Framework Convention, the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement. It analyses the principles and obligations that underpin the climate regime, as well as the elaborate institutional and governance architecture that has been created at successive international conferences to develop commitments and promote transparency and compliance. The final two chapters address the polycentric nature of international climate change law, as well as the intersections of international climate change law with other areas of international regulation.

This book is an essential introduction to international climate change law for students, scholars and negotiators.


  • Comprehensive overview of international climate change law offering a perfect introduction to the field for students
  • Assesses all of the relevant international instruments and conventions dealing with climate change
  • Explores the intersections between climate change law and human rights law, migration law, and trade law
  • Provides detailed footnotes and a select bibliography offering references to wider academic sources for advanced study and research

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  1. Introduction
  2. Climate Change and International Law
  3. Treaty-Based Lawmaking: Rules, Tools and Techniques
  4. Evolution of the United Nations Climate Regime
  5. Framework Convention on Climate Change
  6. Kyoto Protocol
  7. Paris Agreement
  8. Climate Governance beyond the United Nations Climate Regime
  9. International Climate Change Law & Other Areas of International Regulation
  10. Conclusion


Daniel Bodansky – Foundation Professor, Sandra Day O'Conner College of Law

Jutta Brunnée – Professor of Law, University of Toronto

Lavanya Rajamani – Professor, Centre for Policy Research