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Early experience with the Kyoto compliance system: Possible lessons for MEA compliance system design

Early experience with the Kyoto compliance system: Possible lessons for MEA compliance system design Climate Law 1 (2010) 237–260 DOI 10.3233/CL-2010-012 IOS Press Meinhard Doelle1 I. Introduction The Kyoto compliance system has long been recognized as a testing ground for compliance theory.2 While compliance theorists continued to debate the relative merits of self-interest and norm-building in motivating countries to meet their international commitments, negotiators of the Kyoto compliance system sought to develop a compliance system that was capable of building norms and facilitating compliance while at the same time deterring parties that might be tempted make a calculated choice not to comply. The result of these negotiations from 1998 to 2001 was the Kyoto compliance system, including its facilitative and enforcement branches.3 The basic structure and procedures of the Kyoto compliance system are amply described elsewhere.4 For the purposes of this article, a brief overview of its key elements is offered here. The Kyoto compliance system is enabled in the Kyoto Protocol itself.5 The Compliance Procedures were adopted by way of a decision of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the 1 Associate Professor, Dalhousie Law School, Associate Director, Marine and Environmental Law Institute, Halifax, Canada (Mdoelle@dal.ca). The author would like to thank Alexander Zahar and the anonymous http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Climate Law IOS Press

Early experience with the Kyoto compliance system: Possible lessons for MEA compliance system design

Climate Law , Volume 1 (2) – Jan 1, 2010

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1878-6553
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Climate Law 1 (2010) 237–260 DOI 10.3233/CL-2010-012 IOS Press Meinhard Doelle1 I. Introduction The Kyoto compliance system has long been recognized as a testing ground for compliance theory.2 While compliance theorists continued to debate the relative merits of self-interest and norm-building in motivating countries to meet their international commitments, negotiators of the Kyoto compliance system sought to develop a compliance system that was capable of building norms and facilitating compliance while at the same time deterring parties that might be tempted make a calculated choice not to comply. The result of these negotiations from 1998 to 2001 was the Kyoto compliance system, including its facilitative and enforcement branches.3 The basic structure and procedures of the Kyoto compliance system are amply described elsewhere.4 For the purposes of this article, a brief overview of its key elements is offered here. The Kyoto compliance system is enabled in the Kyoto Protocol itself.5 The Compliance Procedures were adopted by way of a decision of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the 1 Associate Professor, Dalhousie Law School, Associate Director, Marine and Environmental Law Institute, Halifax, Canada (Mdoelle@dal.ca). The author would like to thank Alexander Zahar and the anonymous

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Climate LawIOS Press

Published: Jan 1, 2010

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