Climate Law

Reimagining Relocation in a Regulatory Void: The Inadequacy of Existing Federal and State Regulatory Responses to Kivalina’s Climate Displacement in the Alaskan Arctic

Source: Volume 7, Issue 4, pp 290 – 321 Relocation requires reimagining the role of law and policy in assisting community relocation planning in predisaster contexts. For decades, the 467-person Inupiaq whaling village of Kivalina, Alaska, ...Read More

United States’ Options for Receiving Cross-Border Climate Migrants

Source: Volume 7, Issue 4, pp 232 – 258 Although the current political climate in the United States is not especially receptive to welcoming displaced persons, the country has a history of oscillating between greater and lesser openness to ...Read More

Climate Displacement, Migration, and Relocation—And the United States

Source: Volume 7, Issue 4, pp 227 – 231 Publication: Climate Law Publisher: Brill ISSN: 1878-6553 | E-ISSN: 1878-6561 Original url:

When Climate Takes a Village: Legal Pathways toward the Relocation of Alaska Native Villages

Source: Volume 7, Issue 4, pp 259 – 289 In Alaska, indigenous rural communities face climate-related challenges to maintaining their physical and cultural continuity. Some of these communities are considering ‘co-relocation’, in which the p...Read More

Universal Human Rights? Breaking the Institutional Barriers Facing Climate-Vulnerable Small-Island Developing States

Source: Volume 7, Issue 4, pp 322 – 346 There is a need to overcome the dichotomy in international responses to climate change between, on the one hand, a recognition of the significant threat posed by climate impacts for the continued enjo...Read More


Source: Volume 7, Issue 4, pp 347 – 349 Publication: Climate Law Publisher: Brill ISSN: 1878-6553 | E-ISSN: 1878-6561 Original url:

An Analysis of China’s Legal and Policy Framework for the Sustainability of Foreign Forest Carbon Projects

Source: Volume 7, Issue 2-3, pp 150 – 184 China’s policymakers regard forest carbon sequestration as one of the most cost-effective ways to combat climate change. Yet, scholars argue that foreign forest carbon projects in developing countri...Read More

Current Legal Developments Climate Change and the Constitutional Obligation to Protect Natural Resources: The Pennsylvania Atmospheric Trust Litigation

Source: Volume 7, Issue 2-3, pp 209 – 226 When it comes to climate litigation, environmental plaintiffs in the United States have demonstrated a remarkable ingenuity in terms of utilizing various legal avenues to compensate for the persisti...Read More

Climate Change Mitigation in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

Source: Volume 7, Issue 2-3, pp 65 – 96 Hong Kong enjoys a high degree of autonomy as a Special Administrative Region of China. Unlike China itself, Hong Kong is not a party to international climate change agreements. While China has declar...Read More

Designing Regulation for China’s Emission-Trading Pilot Programs Through Trial and Error: An Effective Approach?

Source: Volume 7, Issue 2-3, pp 125 – 149 This article examines whether ‘trial and error’ is an effective approach to the design of regulations for China’s emission-trading pilot programs. These pilots are designed and operated at local lev...Read More

Progress and Obstacles in Environmental Public-Interest Litigation under China’s New Environmental Law: An Analysis of Cases Accepted and Heard in 2015

Source: Volume 7, Issue 2-3, pp 185 – 208 Article 58 of China’s Environmental Protection Law 2014 (EPL) makes up for the earlier inadequacy of China’s environmental public-interest litigation (ENVPIL), but its actual efficacy needs to be te...Read More

The Contribution of State-Owned Enterprises to Climate Change Mitigation in China

Source: Volume 7, Issue 2-3, pp 97 – 124 China plans the implementation of a nationwide market-based mechanism for greenhouse gas mitigation, appearing thus to replicate the method used most notably in the European Union to price greenhouse...Read More