Edited by Jordi Jaria-Manzano and Susana Borrás
Chapter 5: The atmosphere as a global commons
Current climate governance is severely hampered by the dominance of national interests over global interests. The dominance is largely politically motivated, but also has a systemic dimension as manifest in the conventional concept of state sovereignty. Fiduciary obligations of the nation state cannot be restricted to its citizens in areas that affect all humans alike and regardless of their citizenship. Climate change responsibilities will be effective only if understood as legal obligations of the sovereign state. This requires the recognition of the atmosphere as a global commons.
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