This seminar examined the legal impacts of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change adopted in December 2015. Does it embody real agreement on meaningful obligations or is it diplomatic wallpaper to cover the cracks? How binding is it and is it enforceable? What is its potential for increasing the role of international arbitration and domestic litigation in climate-related disputes?
The panel of experts, who played key roles in the Paris negotiations, explained how the agreement finally came together, and analysed its legal effects, strengths and weaknesses. They spoke from a variety of perspectives - the EU, the UK and Small Island States, and discussed the work that remains to be done by governments to make this agreement fully effective, and what it means for the private sector and the public.
- Kate Cook, Matrix Chambers
- Caroline Ross, Department of Energy & Climate Change
- Jacob Werksman, European Commission
- Farhana Yamin, Adviser, Marshall Islands and Founder & CEO, Track 0
- Lord Carnwath, Justice of the Supreme Court