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The Contested Core of Climate Law

The Contested Core of Climate Law Benoit Mayer’s new book The International Law on Climate Change is founded on the premise that the principle against transboundary harm is the core principle of climate law. Here, I show that premise to be mistaken. The principle against transboundary harm does not apply to the problem of climate change because climate change is not a transboundary problem. Even if the principle were applicable to climate change, it has been displaced by the climate change treaty regime. Because climate change is in fact a “commons” problem, the core principle of climate law is, or should be, that greenhouse gas emissions must be charged to the polluter (the polluter pays principle). http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Climate Law Brill

The Contested Core of Climate Law

Climate Law , Volume 8 (3-4): 17 – Oct 31, 2018

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1878-6553
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1878-6561
DOI
10.1163/18786561-00803009
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Abstract

Benoit Mayer’s new book The International Law on Climate Change is founded on the premise that the principle against transboundary harm is the core principle of climate law. Here, I show that premise to be mistaken. The principle against transboundary harm does not apply to the problem of climate change because climate change is not a transboundary problem. Even if the principle were applicable to climate change, it has been displaced by the climate change treaty regime. Because climate change is in fact a “commons” problem, the core principle of climate law is, or should be, that greenhouse gas emissions must be charged to the polluter (the polluter pays principle).

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Climate LawBrill

Published: Oct 31, 2018

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