25.10.2016

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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19.03.2016

# New Publications

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Sargoni, Janine (2016): The Best of Both Worlds: Maximising the Legitimacy of the EU’s Regulation of Geoengineering Research

Sargoni, Janine (2016): The Best of Both Worlds: Maximising the Legitimacy of the EU’s Regulation of Geoengineering Research. In European Journal of Risk Regulation 7 (1), pp. 87–108.

"This paper suggests how the regulation of Solar Radiation Management (SRM) field research in Europe could be designed to maximise the possibility of securing legitimacy. It argues that legitimacy is maximised when regulatory frameworks are legal, and also responsive, flexible, deliberative and inclusive."

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19.03.2016

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Gullberg, Anne Therese; Hovi, Jon (2016): Regulating Solar Radiation Management

Gullberg, Anne Therese; Hovi, Jon (2016): Regulating Solar Radiation Management. In European Journal of Risk Regulation 7 (1), pp. 75–86.

"We consider three such questions. First, can existing EU decision-making processes accommodate sufficient public engagement to ensure legitimate decisions on SRM? Second, does politics influence the choice of legislative procedure for SRM regulation? Third, does the choice of legislative procedure influence the likelihood of SRM implementation?"

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19.03.2016

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Fleurke, Floor (2016): Future Prospects for Climate Engineering within the EU Legal Order

Fleurke, Floor (2016): Future Prospects for Climate Engineering within the EU Legal Order. In European Journal of Risk Regulation 7 (1), pp. 60–74.

"This article explores the prospects for the EU to develop a coherent policy regarding climate engineering (CE). To this end, we explore the most significant legal paramenters derived from EU law from which such a future EU policy would have to arise."

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19.03.2016

# New Publications

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Reynolds, Jesse (2016): Opening Editorial. Special Issue on Regulating Climate Engineering in the European Union

Reynolds, Jesse (2016): Opening Editorial. Special Issue on Regulating Climate Engineering in the European Union. In European Journal of Risk Regulation 7 (1), pp. 58–59.

"Most attention ragarding the application of existing legal instruments, and the potential development of new ones, to regulate climate engineering has focused on the international area. International law will eventually be important, especially for the potential global implementation of solar radiation management."

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19.02.2016

# Media

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Scholastica: The Legality of Climate Geoengineering and the Role of the Public in Decision Making

"I spoke with Dr. Wil Burns, Co-Executive Director of the Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment, to discuss his recent paper “Climate Geoengineering and the Role of Public Deliberation: A Comment on the US National Academy of Sciences’ Recommendations on Public Participation,” published in Climate Law. In the interview below, Burns explains the complicated nature of geoengineering and his thoughts on the importance of public involvement in deciding if, and how, to take steps to manipulate earth’s climate to curb global warming."

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