09.02.2017

# New Publications

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Reynolds, Jesse (2016): Solar Climate Engineering, Law, and Regulation

Reynolds, Jesse (2016): Solar Climate Engineering, Law, and Regulation. In Roger Brownsword, Eloise Scotford, Karen Yeung (Eds.): The Oxford handbook of the law and regulation of technology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

"This chapter offers an introduction to solar climate engineering, and explores its potential, risks, and legal and regulatory challenges. It also contextualizes these proposals with respect to other emerging technologies and the broader socio-political milieu. The chapter discusses the contours of existing and potential regulation, particularly at the international level. These aspects include regulatory rationales, diverse characteristics of proposed regulatory regimes, difficulties in defining the regulatory target, and the management of uncertainty through precaution."

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23.01.2017

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Smit, Erika C. (2015): Geoengineering. Issues of Accountability in International Law

Smit, Erika C. (2015): Geoengineering. Issues of Accountability in International Law. In: Nevada Law Journal 15 (2), S. 1060–1089.

"As this note shows through congressional hearings, newspaper articles, and international agreements, geoengineering and weather modification have been lingering matters in international law for several decades and will continue to be reviewed, researched, and developed in the years to come. This note examines how international law can provide legal accountability for geoengineering in the event of a catastrophic accident."

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17.01.2017

# Media

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The Global Energy & Environmental Law Podcast: Climate Geoengineering and Its Governance

"What can we do today to work toward adequate governance of climate engineering down the road? In this podcast, Myanna Dellinger discusses with Matthias Honegger why governance urgently requires a global conversation open to all, which can help unearth concerns, risks and opportunities associated with various new ways to dealing with climate change in the context of expected future impacts from climate change itself. "

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04.01.2017

# New Publications

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Ryngaert, Cedric (2016): Climate Change Mitigation Techniques and International Law. Assessing the Externalities of Reforestation and Geoengineering

Ryngaert, Cedric (2016): Climate Change Mitigation Techniques and International Law. Assessing the Externalities of Reforestation and Geoengineering. In: Ratio Juris. DOI: 10.1111/raju.12154.

"The article reviews such global public goods-protecting techniques as compensation payments for keeping rainforests intact, and climate engineering, for their adverse impact on human rights and biodiversity. Espousing a consequentialist ethical perspective, it calls for increased vigilance in institutionally designing and implementing climate change mitigation mechanisms, however well-intentioned these may be."

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04.11.2016

# Political Papers

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Craik, Neil; Burns, William C. G. (2016): Climate Engineering under the Paris Agreement. A Legal and Policy Primer

Craik, Neil; Burns, William C. G. (2016): Climate Engineering under the Paris Agreement. A Legal and Policy Primer. Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). Waterloo (Special Report).

"This report examines the specific provisions of the Paris Agreement with a view to identifying where legal and policy questions in relation to climate engineering are likely to arise. Inclusion of CDR technologies as part of a state’s nationally determined contributions (NDCs) is permissible under article 4 of the Paris Agreement, but will likely trigger concerns respecting technological readiness and equity. SRM technologies would appear to have little entry room within the Paris Agreement, but the process mechanism of the agreement provides opportunities to satisfy SRM research governance demands for transparency and public deliberation."

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25.10.2016

# New Publications

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Burns, William C. G. (2016): The Paris Agreement and Climate Geoengineering Governance. The Need for a Human Rights-Based Component

Burns, William C. G. (2016): The Paris Agreement and Climate Geoengineering Governance. The Need for a Human Rights-Based Component (CIGI Papers, 111).

"This paper suggests a framework for achieving the objective of protecting human rights in the context of climate change response measures. [...] The paper suggests that the parties to the Paris Agreement utilize a human rights-based approach as a framing mechanism to ensure that the potential human rights implications of climate geoengineering options are assessed in the policy-making process moving forward."

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14.10.2016

# Media

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LawSci Forum: Solar Climate Engineering and Intellectual Property

"The potential role of private actors in SCE is unclear. On the one hand, decisions regarding whether and how to intentionally alter the planet’s climate should be made through legitimate state-based processes. On the other hand, the private sector has long been the site of great innovation, which SCE technology development requires. Such private innovation is both stimulated and governed through governmental intellectual property (IP) policies."

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10.08.2016

# Media

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FCEA Blog: The international human right to science and its application to geoengineering research and innovation

"However, there are conceptual limits to the application of environmental law for governing upstream R&D, as environmental obligations primarily aim at preventing or minimizing actual physical harm to the environment. Precautionary risk assessment and management are examples of governance tools for asserting greater control over research and innovation processes. However, although environmental law is increasingly informed by a broader framework of sustainable development that draws upon a range of legal subject areas, an environmental framing does not directly target the social and ethical concerns that dominate the early stages of science and the development of emerging technologies."

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07.07.2016

# Media

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ABlawg Blog: On the Charter, Freedom of Expression, and Scientific Research

"Does section 2(b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms protect the freedom of scientific research? [...] In this post, I will explore arguments for and against the protection of scientific research under the free expression guarantee contained in the Charter. While strong criticism against inclusion of research as expression exists, I ultimately conclude that the Charter likely protects freedom of scientific research within the freedom of expression guarantee."

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23.06.2016

# New Publications

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Reynolds, Jesse (2016): Climate engineering and international law

Reynolds, Jesse (2016): Climate engineering and international law. In Daniel A. Faber, Marjan Peeters (Eds.): Climate Change Law. Cheltenham: Elgar (Elgar Encyclopedia of Environmental Law, 1), pp. 178–188.

"After introducing climate engineering, this chapter suggests why climate engineering is challenging for international environmental law and its scholars, briefly describes applicable international legal instruments and reviews the existing legal scholarship on the international environmental law of climate engineering, with particular attention to proposals for future international regulation. It closes with suggestions for future research."

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