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Mr. Jorge E. Viñuales

Mr. Jorge E. Viñuales
Harold Samuel Chair of Law and Environmental Policy
University of Cambridge

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Environmental Law
Climate Change
The International Law of Climate Change after the Paris Agreement
This lecture provides an up-to-date survey of the international law of climate change, paying particular attention to the Paris Agreement adopted in December of 2015, and in force since early November 2016. It begins with a brief account of the historical development of the climate change regime, since the conclusion of the UNFCCC to the adoption of the Kyoto Protocol in 1997 to the many efforts over the years to reach a new wider agreement, which came to fruition in December 2015. It then discusses the legal architecture of the Paris Agreement, its main components and its broader basis in transnational and comparative law.

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(49 minutes)

Environmental Protection in Customary International Law
This lecture surveys the customary principles that have been developed in a wide corpus of decisions from international courts and tribunals in connection with the protection of the environment both in a transboundary context and at the global level.

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(31 minutes)
Environmental Law
Climate Change
The International Law of Climate Change after the Paris Agreement
A. Doctrine

D. Bodansky, “The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change: A Commentary”, Yale Journal of International Law, vol. 18, issue 2, 1993, p. 451.

D. Bodansky, J. Brunnee, L. Rajamani, International Climate Change Law, Oxford University Press (forthcoming 2017).

C. Carlarne, K. Gray, R. Tarasofsky (eds), The Oxford Handbook of International Climate Change Law, Oxford University Press, 2016.

D. Farber, M. Peeters (eds.), Climate Change Law, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2016.

D. Freestone, Ch. Streck (eds), Legal Aspects of Carbon Trading, Oxford University Press, 2009.

L. Rajamani, “The Durban Platform for Enhanced Action & the Future of the Climate Regime”, International and Comparative Law Quarterly, vol. 61, issue 6, 2012, pp. 501-518.

Special Issue of Climate Law on the Paris Agreement, issue 6, 2016 (including contributions from Doelle, Mace, Oberthür/Bodle, Voigt/Ferreira, Zahar, van Asselt, Sindico, Mayer, Burkett, Jevnaker, Wirth, Gupta, Peeters).

Special Issue of the Review of European, Comparative and International Environmental Law (RECIEL) on the Paris Agreement, vol. 25/2, 2016 (including articles from Bodansky, Maljean-Dubois, Voigt, Yamineva, Savaresi, Mace/Verheyen, Martinez Romera, Chan, Chan/Brandi/Bauer).

J. E. Viñuales, ‘El régimen jurídico internacional relativo al cambio climático: Perspectivas y prospectivas’, in: Organisation of American States (O.A.S.)/Inter-American Juridical Committee, Course on International Law ("Universalism and Regionalism at the Beginning of the 21st Century"), vol. XXXVI, 2010.

J. E. Viñuales, « Du bon dosage du droit international: Les négociations climatiques en perspective », Annuaire français de droit international, vol. 56, 2010/2011, pp. 437-470.

J. E. Viñuales, “Balancing Effectiveness and Fairness in the Redesign of the Climate Change Regime”, Leiden Journal of International Law, vol. 24, 2011, pp. 223-252.

J. E. Viñuales, “The Paris Agreement on Climate Change: Less is More”, German Yearbook of International Law, vol. 59, 2015 (forthcoming 2016).

F. Yamin, J. Depledge, The International Climate Change Regime, Cambridge University Press, 2004.

Environmental Protection in Customary International Law
A. Documents

Commission on Sustainable Development, Report of the Expert Group Meeting on Identification of Principles of International Law for Sustainable Development, Geneva, Switzerland, 26-28 September 1995.

International Law Commission, Draft Articles on the Prevention of Transboundary Harm from Hazardous Activities, 2001.

B. Doctrine

U. Beyerlin, Umweltvölkerrecht, München, C.H. Beck, 2000.

P. Birnie, A. Boyle, C. Redgwell, International Law and the Environment, Oxford University Press, 2009.

P.-M. Dupuy, J. E. Viñuales, International Environmental Law, Cambridge University Press, 2015 [French version : Introduction au droit international de l’environnement, Bruxelles, Bruylant, 2015].

N. De Sadeleer, Environmental Principles - From Political Slogans to Legal Rules, Oxford University Press, 2002.

P.-M. Dupuy, « Où en est le droit international de l’environnement ? » Revue générale de droit international public, vol. 101, 1997, p. 873.

A. Epiney, “Environmental Principles” in Macrory, R. (ed.), Reflections on 30 Years of EU Environmental Law: a High Level of Protection? , Europa Law Publishing, 2006, pp. 17-39.

M. Fitzmaurice, “The International Court of Justice and International Environmental Law”, in C. Tams, R. Sloane (eds.), The Development of International Law by the International Court of Justice, Oxford University Press, 2013, pp. 353-374.

A. Fodella, L. Pineschi, La protezione dell'ambiente nel diritto internazionale. Front Cover (Milano : Giappichelli, 2009).

S. Maljean-Dubois, L. Boisson de Chazournes, « Principes du droit international de l’environnement » Jurisclasseur environnement et développement durable, 2011,  pp. 1-20.

J. Juste Ruiz, M. Castillo Daudi, La protección del medio ambiente en el ámbito internacional y en la Unión Europea, Valencia, Tirant lo Blanch, 2014.

Ph. Sands, “International Law in the Field of Sustainable Development”, British Yearbook of International Law, vol. 65, 1994, p. 303.

J. E. Viñuales, “The Contribution of the International Court of Justice to the Development of International Environmental Law: A Contemporary Assessment”, Fordham International Law Journal, vol. 32, 2009, p. 232.

J. E. Viñuales (ed.), The Rio Declaration on Environment and Development. A Commentary, Oxford University Press, 2015.

Xue Hanqin, Transboundary Damage in International Law, Cambridge University Press, 2003.