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Local Climate Change Law

Environmental Regulation in Cities and Other Localities

Edited by Benjamin J. Richardson

This timely study offers a multi-jurisdictional perspective, featuring international contributors who examine both theoretical and practical dimensions of how localities are addressing climate mitigation and adaptation in Australia, Canada, China, Europe, South Africa and the United States, as well as considering the place of localities in global climate law agreements and transnational networks.
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Kathryn Shevelow, For the Love of Animals: The Rise of the Animal Protection Movement (Henry Holt & Co., New York 2008) 320 pp.

Benjamin J Richardson

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Benjamin J Richardson

Abstract This chapter examines whether and how local authorities may address climate change, with regard to the scholarly literature and current legal trends. The focus is municipal authorities, especially those that govern cities. The chapter discusses a number of salient academic debates about the opportunities for and barriers to local climate action. The actual practices of local governments in regard to climate change, such as specific laws and policies, are not considered in detail because of insufficient space, but relevant literature is cited to enable readers to explore such details. The chapter concludes with some recommended directions for future scholarly research.
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Benjamin J. Richardson and Angela Lee

This chapter examines socially responsible investing (SRI) by sovereign wealth funds (SWFs), focusing on the contrasting experiences of three funds that lack an explicit legal mandate to practice SRI: Australia’s Future Fund, Ireland’s National Pensions Reserve Fund and the Alaska Permanent Fund. A range of institutional and contextual factors may drive SWFs to practice SRI, but law does not appear to be determinative in these case studies. The absence of an explicit mandate for SRI does not appear to have inhibited some funds from taking into account social and environmental issues that they perceive to be financially material. However, their current SRI practices are unlikely to leverage significant change towards sustainable development. At most, these SWFs may eschew the most egregious companies and make modest preferential investments in the more enlightened ones.
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Benjamin J. Richardson, Yves Le Bouthillier and Heather McLeod-Kilmurray

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Climate Law and Developing Countries

Legal and Policy Challenges for the World Economy

Edited by Benjamin J. Richardson, Yves Le Bouthillier, Heather McLeod-Kilmurray and Stepan Wood

This timely book examines the legal and policy challenges in international, regional and national settings, faced by developing countries in mitigating and adapting to climate change.