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Does the “No-Harm’Rule” Have a Role in Preventing Transboundary Harm and Harm to the Global Atmospheric Commons from Geoengineering?

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Brent, KA and McGee, J and Maguire, A, Does the 'No-Harm'Rule' Have a Role in Preventing Transboundary Harm and Harm to the Global Atmospheric Commons from Geoengineering?, Climate Law, 5, (1) pp. 35-63. ISSN 1878-6553 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2015 Koninklijke Brill, NV, Lieden

DOI: doi:10.1163/18786561-00501007

Abstract

Solar Radiation Management (SRM) geoengineering poses a significant risk of transboundary and global atmospheric harm. How might international law regulate the future use of SRM? We explore how the ‘no-harm rule’ from customary international law might contribute to the international governance of future attempts at SRM. The no-harm rule imposes a legal duty on states to prevent significant damage across borders and in the global commons. Existing geoengineering literature assumes that, as the international law system lacks a mandatory enforcement mechanism, the no-harm rule will play little or no role in the governance of SRM. We challenge this assumption by focusing on the possibilities of compliance with the no-harm rule through bolstering its legitimacy and sense of legal obligation. We explain how Brunnée and Toope’s theory of ‘interactional international law’ might provide a useful lens for developing the no-harm rule in this way to independently respond to the risks posed by SRM.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Law
Research Field:Environmental and Natural Resources Law
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Climate and Climate Change
Objective Field:Climate and Climate Change not elsewhere classified
Author:Brent, KA (Ms Kerryn Brent)
Author:McGee, J (Dr Jeffrey McGee)
ID Code:104828
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Faculty of Law
Deposited On:2015-11-20
Last Modified:2016-08-15
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