Climate Change after the Paris Agreement

The Paris Agreement has been hailed as a milestone in the global fight against climate change. In this forum, we discuss how this agreement came about and what does it actually entail to for states when committing to such a goal? How effective is it? And how fair?

COP21 plenary session for the adoption of the Paris Accords. Photo: COP21 under CC0 1.0.

The Paris Agreement, adopted by the 21st Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change on 12 December 2015 in Paris, has been hailed as a milestone in the global fight against climate change. It is supposed to set the world on a trajectory that keeps temperature increases well below 2 degrees Celsius, perhaps even to 1.5 degrees. How did this agreement come about and what does it actually entail to for states when committing to such a goal? How effective is it? And how fair? During the forum and panel debate, experts will discuss the Agreement, its making, content and its prospects with the audience.

15:00-15.10

Introduction

Margit Tveiten, Chair of the Norwegian Branch of the International Law Association/ Head of legal Department, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

15:10-15:30

The Paris Agreement - whodunit?

Aslak Brun, Chief Negotiator and Head of Norway‘s UNFCCC delegation, Norwegian Ministry of Climate and the Environment

15:30-15:50 "It’s all voluntary – of course we can commit to it!" - Do we need the Paris Agreement?

The agreement has been celebrated as a "vindication of multilateralism". What justifies its status as a treaty and what is its added value in the context of International Law?

Professor Dr. Christina Voigt, Chair of the research group "International Law and Governance" at the Faculty of law and legal advisor to Norway’s UNFCCC delegation

16:00-16:40

From Paris to Washington – Will the US join?

What does the agreement mean for US domestic (political and judicial) processes? Will it impact US climate policy – and, most importantly, will we see the US becoming a party?

Professor Lawrence Watters

16:40-17:00 Break
17:00-17:45

Panel: Is the whole more than the sum of the parts? A critical debate on the Paris Agreement

Chair: TBC

Panel members:

  • Professor Bård Harstad, UiO (Department of Economics)
  • Johanne Sæter Hauge, Friends of the Earth
  • Professor Christina Voigt, UiO (Department of Law)
  • Professor Arild Underdal, UiO (Department of Political Sciences) - tbc

Q&A

17:45-18:00

Reflections

Professor Dr. Christina Voigt, UiO

This event is organised by the research group "International Law and Governance" at the Faculty of Law, University of Oslo, in collaboration with the Norwegian Branch of the International Law Association.

 

Tags: Environment
Published Mar. 10, 2016 1:43 PM - Last modified Oct. 30, 2017 12:01 PM