Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law (ACCEL)

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The objectives of the Centre are to encourage, promote and support innovative and important scholarship including teaching, research, consultancy and public interest advocacy in all areas of environmental law and policy. These objectives are pursued within the University of Sydney, with other related Centres and institutions in Australia and overseas, with the legal profession, and with the wider community.


ACCEL 2016 Conference: 'The Legal Implications of the Paris Agreement'

11 February 2016

The Twenty First Conference of the Parties under the United Nations Convention on Climate Change concluded in December 2015 with the Paris Agreement. This Agreement contains a commitment to keep the rise in global temperatures to well below 2°C above pre-industrial temperatures and to pursue efforts towards limiting the rise to 1.5°C. Obligations are imposed on all countries to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and to engage in adaptation planning, technology innovation and capacity building.

In addition, the Agreement contains a five yearly 'pledge and review' process to ensure that countries continuously improve their efforts to deal with global climate change. Developed countries are required to provide finance to developing countries and for the first time developing countries can also provide South South financial support. There will also be a five yearly Global Stocktake so that collective progress towards achieving the purpose of the Paris Agreement and its long-term goals can be assessed. A new Transparency Framework provides that the information provided in reports by each Party on achieving its obligations will be subject to a technical expert review, in accordance with guidelines and procedures adopted by the Parties. A multilateral and facilitative examination will also consider the expert review's report and identify any issues related to non-compliance with the Agreement. An Implementation Mechanism will be established under the Agreement. It will consist of a committee that will be expert-based and facilitative in nature, and function in a manner that is transparent, non-adversarial, and non-punitive.

This conference, presented by the Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law (ACCEL), showcases three keynote speakers who will be visitors to ACCEL in 2016 - Professor Richard Stewart (NYU School of Law), Professor Jonathan Verschuuren (Tilburg Law School) and Advocate Mr Roger Cox who mounted the litigation in Urgenda Foundation v The State of the Netherlands. Members of ACCEL will also be presenting papers in their areas of expertise.Other speakers, including both Sydney Law School staff members and guest speakers from the Law School at the University of Tasmania, will give shorter presentations on various supplementary aspects of the Paris Agreement during a full day of information sharing.

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