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Equity and the Paris Agreement: legal and philosophical perspectives


Lawrence, P and Reder, M, Equity and the Paris Agreement: legal and philosophical perspectives, Journal of Environmental Law, 31, (3) pp. 511-531. ISSN 1464-374X (2019) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1093/jel/eqz017


Equity has both legal and philosophical meanings. The Paris Agreement includes important references to equity, including in relation to the global stocktake. Elaborating equity in relation to the Paris Agreement regime can be done as part of the Paris Agreement; outside the Agreement eg through climate think tanks; or not at all要iz implicitly. These options are assessed in terms of their effectiveness, legitimacy and political feasibility drawing on philosophical concepts of equity. The latter用articularly Aristotle用rovides a fresh lens for interpreting understandings of equity that have developed within the Paris regime. Elaborating equity outside the Paris Agreement is the most politically feasible option, while weaker in terms of likely effectiveness. Ultimately, the Paris Agreement regime will only succeed if parties are willing to embrace Aristotle痴 concept of equity in the sense of acting morally with a willingness to compromise for the greater good

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Paris Agreement, global stocktake, environmental justice, Aristotle
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Environmental and resources law
Research Field:Environmental law
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Environmental policy, legislation and standards
Objective Field:Environmental policy, legislation and standards not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Lawrence, P (Dr Peter Lawrence)
ID Code:128508
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2018-09-26
Last Modified:2020-08-21

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