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Equity and the Paris agreement: legal and philosophical perspectives

Lawrence, P ORCID: 0000-0003-3407-3446 and Reder, M 2019 , 'Equity and the Paris agreement: legal and philosophical perspectives' , Journal of Environmental Law, no. 30 Jun , pp. 1-21 , doi: 10.1093/jel/eqz017.

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Abstract

Equity has both legal and philosophical meanings. The Paris Agreement includes important references to equity, including in relation to the global stocktake. Elaborating equityin relation to the Paris Agreement regime can be done as part of the Paris Agreement;outside the Agreement eg through climate think tanks; or not at all—viz implicitly. Theseoptions are assessed in terms of their effectiveness, legitimacy and political feasibility drawing on philosophical concepts of equity. The latter—particularly Aristotle—provides afresh lens for interpreting understandings of equity that have developed within the Parisregime. Elaborating equity outside the Paris Agreement is the most politically feasibleoption, while weaker in terms of likely effectiveness. Ultimately, the Paris Agreementregime will only succeed if parties are willing to embrace Aristotle’s concept of equity inthe sense of acting morally with a willingness to compromise for the greater good

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Lawrence, P and Reder, M
Keywords: Paris Agreement, global stocktake, environmental justice, Aristotle
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Environmental Law
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 1464-374X
DOI / ID Number: 10.1093/jel/eqz017
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