Consequences and Management of Regime Interactions
New Horizons in Environmental and Energy Law series
Chapter 9: Regime interactions in global climate governance
This chapter takes a bird's eye view of regime interactions in global climate governance by discussing and contrasting the case studies and situating the observations and findings of the previous chapters in a broader context. The chapter reviews the different types of interactions that emerged from the case studies, as well as the possibilities and limitations of various ways of interaction management. The overall purpose of this chapter is to provide insights into the promises and pitfalls of legal techniques and institutional coordination in managing the outcomes of regime interactions in global climate governance. Existing studies of regime interactions have focused primarily on negotiated, treaty-based regimes, most of which constitute 'hard law'. This observation is largely valid also for studies of the interactions between the UN climate regime and other regimes. For example, in addition to the case studies examined in this book, treaty-based regimes covered in the literature on interactions in global climate governance include: the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands; the Montreal Protocol on ozone depletion; the World Heritage Convention; international investment treaties; human rights instruments; international law on refugees; and the law of the sea. This book in part echoes the dominance of this hard law focus through its focus on interactions involving the biodiversity and trade regimes. And yet there are also important and complex interactions between soft and hard law in global climate governance.
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