Law and Economics of Climate Change
This course will provide students with advanced and specialized knowledge of the evolution and architecture of the international climate regime, including the 1992 United National Framework Convention on Climate Change, 1997 Kyoto Protocol, 2009 Copenhagen Accord and 2015 Paris Agreement. Special attention will be paid to the new framework for mitigation, adaptation, climate finance and technology under the 2015 Paris Agreement. The course will also critically assess Environmental Economics theory and its application to climate change policy. Students will examine and evaluate differing approaches to domestic implementation of international obligations on climate change through case studies on Australian efforts at carbon pricing and the European Emissions Trading Scheme. Students will also be exposed to a range of controversial debates, reflecting the highly politicised nature of international Climate Change law.
|Faculty||Faculty of Business and Law|
|School||Newcastle Law School|
Not currently offered
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
The topics in this course include:
1. Introduction to Climate Change Science: The IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5).
2. Environmental Economics in the Context of Climate Change.
3. Evolution and Architecture of the International Climate Change Regime:
3.1 The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
3.2 The Kyoto Protocol
3.3 The ‘flexibility mechanisms’ under the Kyoto Protocol
3.4 The Copenhagen Accord
3.5 The ‘Road to Paris’.
4. A new paradigm of international cooperation: The Paris Agreement.
5. Mitigation, Adaptation, Climate Finance and Technology in the Paris Agreement
6. Climate Change Policy: Case Studies from Australia and the European Union.
|Timetable||2017 Course Timetables for LAWS6038|