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LAW AND POLICY OF CLIMATE CHANGE (LAWSG153) Credit value: 15 credits (6 ECTS)
Assessment method for Masters students: 2-hour unseen written examination
Assessment method for SIL students: 3,000 word coursework essay
Climate change presents difficult social, environmental and legal challenges. The governance system applying to climate change is complex and multi-level. This module focuses on international and EU law and policy on climate change. It will examine the development of international climate change law and policy since 1989, paying particular attention to the rules, institutions and procedures established pursuant to the 1992 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and its 1997 Kyoto Protocol, as well as post-Kyoto developments in climate change governance. It will explore the key EU governance approaches to climate change, especially the emissions trading system (and its interactions with the international regimes) and the difficult legal and policy decisions in different sectors, such as renewable energy.
The international regime from UNFCCC to Durban and beyond – the Clean Development Mechanism - mechanisms of regulation – EU emissions trading – renewables in the EU – carbon capture and storage
No single book – reading will be recommended.
Lavanya Rajamani, ‘The Climate Regime in Evolution’ (2011) CCLR 136
Joanne Scott, ‘The Multi-Level Governance of Climate Change’ in P. Craig and G. de Búrca(eds), The Evolution of EU Law (Oxford University Press, 2011)
Other information: N/A
Prizes for this module: There are currently no prizes available for this module.
The application process for the 2014-15 academic session, for entry in September 2014, is now open.
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