Regional Environmental Law
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Regional Environmental Law

Transregional Comparative Lessons in Pursuit of Sustainable Development

Edited by Werner Scholtz and Jonathan Verschuuren

The core focus of this timely volume is to ascertain how regional environmental law may contribute to the pursuit of global sustainable development. Leading scholars critically analyze the ways in which states may pool sovereignty to find solutions to environmental problems, presenting a comparative legal analysis of the manner in which the AU, EU, OAS and ASEAN deal with the issues of climate change, human rights and the environment.
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Chapter 12: EU climate change law: a credible example?

Javier de Cendra de Larragán


To affirm that the EU is a (self-proclaimed) leader on climate policy is by now commonplace. Judging from the evolution of climate change policy over the years, it appears that the Union has taken climate change as one of its defining political goals, one that goes to the heart of its identity and which enables it to promote its values throughout the world. Much has been written on the question of whether the Union is really a leader on climate action, the nature of its leadership, the motivations underlining it, and its effects in the international climate change negotiations. At the same time, not too much has been said about the credibility of its leadership, and certainly not enough from a legal perspective. And yet, this is arguably what matters at a point in time where global action on climate change is widespread and many states have accepted both the importance of addressing climate change and the need to adopt mitigation targets. In this context, the credibility of states – essentially understood as the capacity to deliver on their commitments – is increasingly relevant. This chapter seeks to adopt this starting point to discuss, from a legal perspective, the credibility of EU climate change law as a necessary prerequisite to exercising leadership.

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