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Climate Change Law and Regime Interaction

Margaret Young


The central international legal regime addressing climate change mitigation is the United Nations Framework Convention and its associated instruments. However, multiple international laws from other regimes, such as trade laws, are relevant: both because they are implicated in climate change and because they contain potentially useful techniques for the development of a low-carbon economy. This fragmented body of international law holds key challenges for governance. Interaction between relevant regimes is stymied due to disparities in state-membership and closed and inaccessible decisionmaking. Drawing on insights from other areas of international law, the article argues that information exchange, inter-agency learning, experimentation, expert consultation, peer review and stakeholder participation are essential for climate change governance.


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