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2 Nov 2014
by Sarah Steers

Changing international relations at the end of the 20th century, as well as concern for how various countries would handle sensitive environmental issues, led to the UN Conference on Environment and Development, also known as the Rio Conference. Held in June 1992, the conference produced the first major treaty in … [read more]


Legal News
26 Nov 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] A New Zealand High Court [official website] judge on Tuesday held that two Kiribati citizens, could not be granted refugee status [decision, PDF] based on the effects of climate change on Kiribati. Ioane Teitiota and his wife moved to New Zealand from the island nation of Kiribati in 2007 … [read more]


Legal News
18 Oct 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper [official website; JURIST news archive] announced [press release] on Friday that Canada and the EU have reached an agreement in principle on a comprehensive free trade agreement. The Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) [official website] has been in negotiations since 2009. The … [read more]


Legal News
7 Oct 2013
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Japan's Kyoto District Court on Monday ordered a group of activists to pay 12 million yen (USD $120,000) to a Korean elementary school for holding anti-Korean demonstrations that disrupted classes and frightened children. The rallies took place between December 2009 and March 2010 and were attended primarily by members … [read more]


Legal News
28 Mar 2013
by Keith Herting

[JURIST] The Canadian government announced Wednesday that it is withdrawing from a UN convention intended to fight droughts in Africa. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper [official website] claimed [CTV report] the move was necessary as the convention was "too bureaucratic" and that only one fifth of the CAN $350,000 contributed … [read more]


Legal News
13 Nov 2012
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] The EU announced Monday that it would halt for one year [press release] its policy of charging airlines for greenhouse gas emissions (CO2) [JURIST news archive] for flights into and out of EU member state airports. As a result of this delay, the EU will not require airlines to … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jul 2012
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] The Canadian Federal Court [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF; summary, PDF] Tuesday that the Canadian government's decision to withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol [text; JURIST news archive] was legal. Canadian Minister of the Environment Peter Kent [official profile] announced that Canada would withdraw [JURIST report] from the Kyoto Protocol … [read more]


Student Commentary
14 Jun 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Hua Wang, Northwestern University School of Law Class of 2012, writes on the need for policies that combine market incentives with outright prohibitions to achieve enforcement and compliance with international environmental regimes...Climate change threatens catastrophic harm of a global nature, and thus, regional responses are inadequate and … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jun 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] Mexican President Felipe Calderon [official website, in Spanish] has signed a climate change bill that will introduce sweeping environmental reform. The bill requires the country to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent by 2020, requires 35 percent of its energy come form renewable sources by 2024, requires mandatory … [read more]


Legal News
21 Apr 2012
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] The Mexican legislature passed a sweeping climate change bill on Thursday 128-10 in the Chamber of Deputies [official website, in Spanish] and unanimously in the Senate [official website, in Spanish]. The bill requires the country to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 30% by 2020, requires 35% of its energy … [read more]


Legal News
21 Dec 2011
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The European Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website] on Wednesday upheld [judgment text; press release, PDF] an EU law forcing foreign airlines using EU airports to pay fees for greenhouse gas emissions [JURIST news archive]. The finding that the carbon emission fees do not violate international law, as several … [read more]


Academic Commentary
19 Dec 2011

JURIST Special Guest Columnist Curtis Doebbler of Webster University and the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations, both in Geneva, Switzerland, says that there is significant evidence that the Clean Development Mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol violates international law by failing to further the goals of the treaty under … [read more]


Legal News
13 Dec 2011
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] Canadian Minister of the Environment Peter Kent [official profile] announced Monday that Canada will withdraw [statement] from the Kyoto Protocol [text; JURIST news archive] on climate change, making it the first country to do so. The treaty was signed by Canada's previous Liberal government, but little had been done … [read more]


Legal News
12 Dec 2011
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] Delegates from 194 countries at the Durban UN Climate Change Conference [official website] in South Africa agreed on Sunday to negotiate global initiatives that would eventually force countries to take legally-binding action in order to slow the pace of climate change. After two weeks of debate, the delegates agreed … [read more]


Student Commentary
12 Nov 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Hua Wang, Northwestern University School of Law Class of 2012, writes on the need for policies that combine market incentives with outright prohibitions to achieve enforcement and compliance with international environmental regimes...A regulatory framework allows countries to solve environmental problems that inherently are similar and conducive to … [read more]


Legal News
25 Oct 2011
by Jennie Ryan

[JURIST] The European Union [official website] on Tuesday insisted that it will enforce its new cap-and-trade law [EU Directive 2008/101/EC, PDF] on airline emissions for flights traveling to and from Europe despite strong opposition from the US. The new legislation, taking effect January 1, 2012, will eventually require all airlines, … [read more]


Legal News
6 Oct 2011
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] The EU Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website] advocate general Juliane Kokott on Thursday issued an opinion stating that an EU law forcing foreign airlines using EU airports to pay fees for greenhouse gas emissions is lawful [opinion, text]. Kokott said that the carbon emission fees do not violate … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jul 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] on Wednesday made their first official statement [text, PDF] implicating climate change as a serious threat to world peace and security. At the urging of Germany, which released a Concept Note [text] to lead the discussion, the Security Council debated global warming [EPA … [read more]


Academic Commentary
25 May 2010

JURIST Guest Columnist Curtis Doebbler, professor of law at An-Najah National University in Nablus, Palestine, says that climate change will ravage the African continent if its leaders do not urgently assert their peoples' rights... Africa is the richest continent in the world, but you would not know it if you … [read more]


Legal News
3 Mar 2010
by Gabriela Forbes

[JURIST] The General Court of the EU [official website] on Tuesday rejected [judgment; press release, PDF] a challenge to the EU's Emissions Trading Directive [text] brought by Luxembourg-based Arcelor [website], the world's largest steel producer. The company sought both the annulment of certain articles of the directive and damages for … [read more]

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