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Global Climate Change Action as a Jus Cogens Norm: Some Legal Reflections on the Emerging Evidence

Cervantes, Miguel Ángel Marmolejo; Roeben, Volker; Solís, Lisa Reilly

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Miguel Ángel Marmolejo Cervantes

Lisa Reilly Solís



Abstract

This article analyzes the possibility of environmental obligations acquiring the status of jus cogens (peremptory) norms from six perspectives, namely, domestic legislation of States, national judicial decisions, academia and international organizations, United Nations documents and initiatives, treaties and international State practice, and international tribunals. Additionally, it is argued that the economic and political interests surrounding the military and fossil fuel industries and the vast resources dedicated to them hinder the world’s climate change efforts. Thus, the article presents two research questions. First, what are the possibilities of environmental obligations becoming peremptory norms of international law? Second, if these obligations currently do not meet the requirements to be recognized as jus cogens, what would be required for them to obtain this status?

Citation

Cervantes, M. Á. M., Roeben, V., & Solís, L. R. (2022). Global Climate Change Action as a Jus Cogens Norm: Some Legal Reflections on the Emerging Evidence. Environmental Policy and Law: The Journal for Decision-Makers, 52(5-6), 359-373. https://doi.org/10.3233/epl-219019

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Feb 21, 2022
Publication Date Dec 20, 2022
Deposit Date Feb 25, 2022
Publicly Available Date Feb 25, 2022
Journal Environmental Policy and Law
Print ISSN 0378-777X
Electronic ISSN 1878-5395
Publisher IOS Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 52
Issue 5-6
Pages 359-373
DOI https://doi.org/10.3233/epl-219019

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