Climate Change and International Environmental Law

Climate change has been identified as one of the greatest contemporary challenges and climate change law is rapidly emerging as a specialised field of legal research and practice. The research group has a strong academic and practical experience on climate law and policy.

Its current research interests include: 

  • The United Nations climate change regime, including the 2015 Paris Agreement
  • European Union climate law and policy
  • Legitimacy of climate policy and climate justice issues
  • Human rights and climate change, public participation and climate change litigation 
  • National framework laws on climate change and implementation of the Paris Agreement 
  • Forests and climate change
  • Short-lived climate pollutants and the link between climate change and air quality
  • Links between climate change and trade law, including border carbon adjustments and other trade measures 
  • The role of non-state actors in international climate change law and governance, including the role of cities
  • Theoretical aspects of climate change law and governance (global and transnational environmental law, polycentric climate governance, new governance, critical international law)
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CCEEL researchers are also active in other fields of international environmental law. Their current research interests relate, among others, to trade and the environment, chemicals and human rights.

PHOTO: Some research group members during a meeting in August 2018, from L-R: Rosemary Mwanza, Outi Manninen, Veera Pekkarinen, Kati Kulovesi, Seita Romppanen, Tuula Honkonen, Harro van Asselt and Maria Eugenia Recio Piva.

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