KlimaCampus Kolloquium: International Environmental Law and the Challenge of Climate Change

In view of the epochal challenges of climate change, international environmental law stands at a crossroad. Current regulatory principles and strategies mostly focus on the protection of individual environmental goods and are often distinguished by their fragmentary, or general, character. This also applies for the 2015 Paris Agreement, which pursues the aim of halting the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, and of pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels. Notwithstanding all efforts that have been taken so far, it seems highly questionable whether this objective can be achieved by the present (but partly unsuccessful) attempts to drastically reduce global carbon dioxide emissions. Against this background, international environmental law will also have to address the implementation of supplementary ("secondary") climate measures in future. This does not only imply the need to improve the implementation and enforcement of the law as it stands today, but also to develop it further in order to provide an effective as well as legitimate normative answer to the "grand challenges" of international environmental politics.

Date

09.05.2019

Time

15:15 h

Place

Bundesstr. 53, room 022/023
Seminar Room 022/023, Ground Floor, Bundesstrasse 53, 20146 Hamburg, Hamburg

Speaker

Alexander Proelß, University of Hamburg, Faculty of Law

Chair

Hauke Schmidt

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