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The Climate Change and the Rule of Law blog invites contributors to reflect on emerging issues and relations between climate change and rule of law.

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Revisiting the rule of law in the climate crisis: legal bedrock or legal luxury?

As climate law gets hotter, difficult questions about the rule of law are arising. Professors Maria Lee, Eloise Scotford and Steven Vaughan outline issues emerging between climate change and the rule of law.

4 October 2021


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Corporations, Climate Change Litigation, and the Rule of Law

Cases seeking to address climate change by litigating against high emitting companies may challenge another core legal principle: the need for legal certainty. In this blog post, Joana Setzer and Catherine Higham explore the tensions presented by such cases.

28 October 2021

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COPs: Location, location, location

Monserrat Madariaga Gómez de Cuenca discusses how the location of the Conferences of the Parties (COPs) is significant in developing both national and international climate change law and governance.

28 October 2021

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The Paris Agreement and the Rule of Law

Christoph Schwarte explains how the rule of law in international relations means states which signed the Paris Agreement need not only to abide by the treaty; but also create an enabling environment for wider compliance. The EU, in particular, can and should set a better example.

28 October 2021

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An Essential Alliance: Climate Change and the Law

The fate of the climate and the future of the law are intimately entangled. In this blog post, Tom Burke explains how the rule of law is a crucial precondition for the success of climate policy. 

4 October 2021

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Climate Change and the Rule of Law: A Case Typology

The relationship between climate change and the rule of law is a complex one. To illustrate this complexity, Professor Chris Hilson maps the terrain through a descriptive typology. 

4 October 2021