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Governing Climate Change
Global Cities and Transnational Lawmaking


Part of Cambridge Studies on Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Governance

  • Author: Jolene Lin, National University of Singapore
  • Date Published: August 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108424851

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  • Cities are no longer just places to live in. They are significant actors on the global stage, and nowhere is this trend more prominent than in the world of transnational climate change governance (TCCG). Through transnational networks that form links between cities, states, international organizations, corporations, and civil society, cities are developing and implementing norms, practices, and voluntary standards across national boundaries. In introducing cities as transnational lawmakers, Jolene Lin provides an exciting new perspective on climate change law and policy, offering novel insights about the reconfiguration of the state and the nature of international lawmaking as the involvement of cities in TCCG blurs the public/private divide and the traditional strictures of 'domestic' versus 'international'. This illuminating book should be read by anyone interested in understanding how cities - in many cases, more than the countries in which they're located - are addressing the causes and consequences of climate change.

    • The first systematic study of the legal effect and normative relevance of urban climate governance activities
    • Informs readers who are keen to understand how cities play a role in addressing climate change
    • Uses a variety of theoretical approaches
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'An essential read for anyone concerned with how the vast conglomerate of actors involved in the climate space might interact effectively to advance climate change regulation globally.' Jacqueline Peel, Melbourne Law School

    'A vivid and timely account of the important and complex role that cities play in transnational climate change governance.' Liz Fisher, Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford

    'In this compelling book, Professor Lin demonstrates the rise of global cities as forces in the generation of transnational legal norms. As she demonstrates, global cities are not merely engaging in action that suggests the inadequacy of classical accounts of international lawmaking; they are doing so self-consciously. This is truly a new phase in the field of international law, and its recognition and demonstration by Lin is profound.' Douglas A. Kysar, Yale Law School, Connecticut

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108424851
    • length: 222 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 155 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Global cities, climate change and transnational lawmaking
    2. Theoretical framework
    3. The rise of the city in international affairs
    4. City action on climate change
    5. Transnational urban climate governance via networks – the case of C40
    6. Cities as transnational lawmakers
    7. A normative assessment of urban climate law
    8. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Jolene Lin, National University of Singapore
    Jolene Lin is Associate Professor of Law at the National University of Singapore and Director of the Asia Pacific Centre for Environmental Law. She has published widely in leading international journals such as the European Journal of International Law, Legal Studies, and Journal of Environmental Law. Jolene Lin is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Environmental Law, Climate Law, and the Chinese Journal of Environmental Law, as well as a member of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Research Committee. She has also served as a consultant to the Hong Kong Department of Justice, international NGOs, the UNEP, and global law firms.

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