Article: Oslo Principles on Global Climate Change Obligations weigh in on per capita emissions issue

Two of the key issues that will be debated at this year’s Paris climate summit (and likely beyond) are (1) how ‘legally binding’ a global climate deal is and (2) how emissions rights should be allocated as between countries. The Oslo Principles on Global Climate Change Obligations have been written by a panel of judges, lawyers and academics to codify existing legal obligations regarding climate change. It’s an interesting document with (at least) two striking messages: 1. countries and businesses already have serious legal obligations on climate, and 2. emissions rights must be allocated on a per capita basis. My article on the launch of the Oslo Principles at the Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London, is online at Climate Spectator, and also at Eco-Business.

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