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Clearing the air: avoiding conflicts of interest within the United Nations Framework Convention on climate change

Dambacher, BMR, Stilwell, MT and McGee, JS ORCID: 0000-0002-2093-5896 2019 , 'Clearing the air: avoiding conflicts of interest within the United Nations Framework Convention on climate change' , Journal of Environmental Law , pp. 1-29 , doi: 10.1093/jel/eqz015.

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Abstract

Conflicts of interest (COIs) have the capacity to undermine the integrity and legitimacyof decision-making in international legal fora. The issue of COIs has recently become acontentious issue within the international negotiations under the United NationsFramework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Despite an emerging debateon COIs, key issues regarding engagement with certain non-state actors, and the reformsthat could be implemented in response, remain to be systematically addressed. This article therefore examines best practice for addressing COIs in international fora to see howthis might inform management of the issue within the UNFCCC. We find that protecting the integrity and legitimacy of the UNFCCC will likely require its Conference of theParties to clearly define COIs and to adopt a process for their management. This reformwill bring the UNFCCC into line with best practices in global governance and improveprospects for more effective international law on climate change.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Dambacher, BMR and Stilwell, MT and McGee, JS
Keywords: climate change, international negotiations, conflict of interest
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Environmental Law
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 0952-8873
DOI / ID Number: 10.1093/jel/eqz015
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Copyright The Author(s) 2019. Published by Oxford University Press.

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