The law as an instrument for climate protection: the case of integrated approaches to understanding emissions trading

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This chapter illustrates the need for cross-cutting studies regarding the question how the reduction of greenhouse gases emissions, particularly by means of "emissions trading", can be regulated in an effective and efficient way within the boundaries of the rule of law. It identifies the following research challenges:
1) Typical legal concepts such as procedural rights and enforcement deserve combined studies in order to examine how to design and apply the law.
2) In-depth understanding is needed of the relationship between natural science and the legal discipline, not only in view of the justification that climate science provides for climate regulation, but also in view of the way the law can deal with scientific uncertainties.
3) Multidisciplinary research is needed to understand whether market-based regulatory interventions are suitable for developing countries, or whether other regulatory instruments are more suitable for countries with a potentially weak legal infrastructure.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSustainable Development Research at ICIS
Subtitle of host publicationTaking stock and looking ahead
EditorsRon Cörvers, Joop de Kraker, Pim Martens, René Kemp, Harro van Lente
Place of PublicationMaastricht
PublisherDatawyse / Universitaire Pers Maastricht
ISBN (Electronic)978-94-6159-647-5
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • emissions trading; integrated and multidisciplinary research and law;

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