Enhancing Climate Action through International Law (EnAct)
The primary goal of the EnAct project is to explore how human rights and investment law can contribute to enhancing climate action.
To meet the Paris Agreement goals and keep global warming below the 1.5ºC temperature threshold, States’ climate ambition must be urgently increased, at least by a factor of five (UNEP, 2019). In order to achieve and enforce these crucial goals, other areas of international law become relevant. EnAct explores international law beyond climate change law. In particular, human rights law is increasingly relied upon as a basis for the establishment of a right to a healthy environment and a sustainable climate. International investment law is undergoing significant reform and bears largely unexplored potential to support climate action. Taken together, these areas provide vital tools to complement those available under international climate change agreements.
The overarching aim of EnAct will be achieved through two complementary postdoctoral projects on international human rights law as a catalyst for climate action (Postdoc Linnéa Nordlander, co-PI Professor Jens Elo Rytter from CILG) and on international investment law supporting climate ambition (Postdoc Alessandro Monti, co-PI Professor Birgitte Egelund Olsen from Århus University).
EnAct starts running in April 2021 and is supported by a Scientific Advisory Board made up of renowned Danish and international experts from academia (Brown University, Leiden University, University of Oslo, University of Stirling, University of Eastern Finland, University of Innsbruck, University og Dundee and New York University) and legal practice (Horten and Kromann Reumert).
Associate Professor on Environmental and Climate Change Law
Beatriz Martinez Romera
Centre for International Law and Governance (CILG)
Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen
Karen Blixens Plads 16
DK-2300 Copenhagen S
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