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Sustainable Development LawPrinciples, Practices, and Prospects$
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Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger and Ashfaq Khalfan

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199276707

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199276707.001.0001

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Sustainable International Climate Change Law

Sustainable International Climate Change Law

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Sustainable Development Law

Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger

Ashfaq Khalfan

Oxford University Press

Climate change poses a serious challenge to the ability of international law to construct equitable global responses to shared problems. Emissions of greenhouse gases come disproportionately from industrialized countries. Some countries, again predominantly in the industrialized world, are better placed than others to pioneer the technologies, processes, and behavioural changes that will be necessary to mitigate their emissions. Furthermore, in international climate negotiations, the same countries are often the least able to make their voices heard, or to assess the implications of any proposed outcome in light of their own interests. A sustainable development law perspective in the area of climate change focuses on how climate change law is developed and implemented, with a focus on the needs of smaller economies, especially least-developed countries and new actors, including civil society and corporate citizens.

Keywords:   climate change, international law, greenhouse gases, international climate negotiations, sustainable development law

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