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date: 05 March 2021

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Focusing on the legal framework for international environmental governance, this chapter provides an overview of global environmental governance as developed through a series of major global conferences and treaties. The chapter also assesses how to measure the accomplishments and effectiveness of international environmental law, as well as enforcement and compliance issues. We conclude with some thoughts on the limitations of a treaty-based approach, the recent failures of negotiations in Cancún and Durban to reach post-2012 commitments under the Kyoto Protocol, and an assessment of what a comprehensive working system would require in the post-Kyoto era.

Keywords: Copenhagen Accord, international environmental law, Kyoto Protocol, Second Commitment Period, treaty compliance Chapter 26

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