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Bodansky article published in international law journal

September 22, 2010

An article by Daniel Bodansky, the ASU Lincoln Professor of Law, Ethics, and Sustainability, titled “The Copenhagen Climate Change Conference: A Postmortem,” was published in a recent issue of The American Journal of International Law.

In his analysis of the United Nations conference, held on Dec. 7-19, 2009, in Denmark, Bodansky wrote that the meeting had been intended as a deadline to resolve questions about what happens after 2012, when the Kyoto Protocol’s first commitment period ends. More than 40,000 people registered to attend the “Seal the Deal” conference, and expectations were high that it would result in major progress.

Although the Copenhagen Accord has been criticized by many as inadequate, Bodansky suggested it represents a potentially significant breakthrough because “participating states did agree to a bottom-up process in which they will list their national actions internationally and subject their actions to some form of international scrutiny. In addition, the Accord articulates a quantified long-term goal for the first time (holding global warming below 2 degrees Celsius) and puts significant new funds on the table, for both the short and medium terms.”

To read the article click here.

Bodansky is a preeminent authority on global climate change whose teaching and research focus on international environmental law and public international law. He teaches courses in international law and sustainability and is a key player in the College of Law’s new Program in Law and Sustainability. Bodansky also is an Affiliate Faculty Member in the College of Law’s Center for Law and Global Affairs, and in the Global Institute of Sustainability’s School of Sustainability at ASU.

Janie Magruder,
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Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law