The Problem of Shared Irresponsibility in International Climate Law


The Problem of Shared Irresponsibility in International Climate Law



Professor Cole's contribution, chapter 10, is titled "The Problem of Shared Irresponsibility in International Climate Law."



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Cambridge University Press


Cambridge, UK


International law, Responsibility to protect, Government liability, Climate Change, Shared Responsibility in International Law series


Climate | Environmental Law | International Law | Law


Nollkaemper, André and Dov Jacobs, eds. Distribution of Responsibilities in International Law. Cambridge University Press, 2015.

This is the second book in the series Shared Responsibility in International Law, which examines the problem of distribution of responsibilities among multiple states and other actors. In its work on the responsibility of states and international organisations, the International Law Commission recognised that attribution of acts to one actor does not exclude possible attribution of the same act to another state or organisation. However, it provided limited guidance for the often complex question of how responsibility is to be distributed among wrongdoing actors. This study fills that gap by shedding light on principles of distribution from extra-legal perspectives. Drawing on disciplines such as political theory, moral philosophy, and economics, this volume enquires into the bases and justifications for apportionment of responsibilities that can support a critique of current international law, offers insight into the justification of alternative interpretations, and provides inspiration for reform and further development of international law.

Examines the conceptual and theoretical underpinnings of how responsibility is distributed among wrongdoing actors.

Explains normative choices that inevitably underlie particular legal decisions on distribution from extra-legal perspectives.

Brings together multiple perspectives from different disciplines and makes comparisons between multiple options for distributing responsibility under international law.

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The Problem of Shared Irresponsibility in International Climate Law