Climate Change and International Environmental Law: Musings on a Journey to Somewhere
This article considers how far the climate change regime is an exemplar of international environmental law as well as public international law. There is a focus on five issues:
1. The nature and extent of differentiation in favour of developing countries.
2. The role of soft law.
3. The dynamics of decision-making in multilateral negotiations.
4. The contribution of dispute settlement.
5. The impact of scholarly offerings in this field.
The article argues benefits for the climate regime from normative developments elsewhere as well as contributions to such developments. The article concludes with a reflection on legal scholarship and climate change and seeks to externalise the challenges, demands, choices and values of those who contribute to the discussion, to recognise the benefit of diversity.