Call for Papers: CCLR Special Issue on Climate Change Geoengineering & the Law

Call for Papers: The Law and Climate Geoengineering

Carbon & Climate Law Review
A Journal on Climate Regulation and the Carbon Market [CCLR]

Carbon & Climate Law Review is welcoming abstracts for a special issue on The Law and Climate Geoengineering, scheduled for publication in March 2013, and for which I will serve as Editor.


The feckless response of the world community to addressing burgeoning levels of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions has led to increasingly alarming predictions of temperatures rises of as much as 4-6C above pre-industrial levels by the end of this century, with potentially catastrophic implications for natural ecosystems and human institutions.  This has led to growing support in many sectors for climate geoengineering options, defined broadly by the UK’s Royal Society as “the deliberate large-scale manipulation of the planetary environment to counteract anthropogenic climate change.” While proponents hail climate geoengineering as either a “magic bullet,” or at the very least, a “bridge” to a decarbonized economy, a number of recent studies have indicated that many of these schemes could pose serious environmental, economic and health risks in many regions of the world, invoking issues of equity, potential liability for damages and the role of risk assessment under conditions of high uncertainty. Moreover, it is far from clear whether existing domestic or international institutions are adequate to govern either research and development of geoengineering options or potential deployment.  This issue seeks to address the role of national and international law in addressing these critical issues.

The journal is particularly interested in pieces in the following areas:

  1. Case studies of the effectiveness of current efforts to regulate climate geoengineering at the international level, including within the framework of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the London Convention;
  2. The potential role of non-environmental regimes in climate geoengineering governance, e.g. human rights and trade;
  3. Pertinent domestic laws and regulations to govern geoengineering research and development and/or deployment;
  4. Operationalization of the precautionary principle in the context of climate geoengineering

Abstracts of 150-250 words should be sent to [email protected] by 15 December 2012. Authors will be informed by 22 December 2012 on the outcome of the initial review process. Final manuscripts will be due by 7 March 2013.

In order to ensure quick turnaround and policy relevance, articles should be concise, ranging from 2.500-4.500 words in length. Commentaries on recent judicial decisions, new legislation, and other developments can range from 1.500 to 2.500 words.

Carbon & Climate Law Review is the first international journal on climate regulation and the carbon market. Published on a quarterly basis under the guidance of a distinguished editorial board, it brings together representatives from the legal discipline and other stakeholders in one specialized journal, allowing them to engage in a dynamic debate on the law of climate change. Past issues have addressed the role of forests in the carbon market, emerging carbon markets in North America, the relation of climate policies and international trade law, and legal aspects of the post-2012 debate. For further details on the journal and an archive of past issues, please visit the website at:

For further information on the editorial process, submissions on other topics or general questions relating to the journal, kindly contact the editor at . Please feel free to forward this call for papers to interested colleagues.

With sincere regards,


Wil Burns

Board of Editors, CCLR


Carbon & Climate Law Review
A Journal on Climate Regulation and the Carbon Market

Emerging responses to climate change necessitate recourse to legal mechanisms for adequate implementation, with implications ranging from legislative decision-making to judicial litigation. As the first journal devoted to the legal dimensions of climate change, the Carbon & Climate Law Review [CCLR] provides academics and practitioners with a forum for this important debate. For further information on this journal and online access to sample content, please visit







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