New Climate Change Title Launches at COP17 Conference

As world leaders and other role-players converged on South Africa for the recent embattled COP17 Conference on climate change, a new Press book, Climate Change Liability – Transnational Law and Practice, launched to coincide with this important event.

Co-edited by Richard Lord QC in the UK, Silke Goldberg in Paris, Lavanya Rajamani in India, and Jutta Brunnée in Canada, the book delves into climate change law in 17 countries and the European Union. 

As frustration mounts in some quarters at the perceived inadequacy or speed of international action on climate change, the focus is increasingly turning to liability for climate change damage.  A growing range of actors are implicated, including governments, industry, businesses, non-governmental organisations, individuals and legal practitioners.

Climate Change Liability provides an overview of the existing law and the direction it might take. Each chapter explores the potential for and barriers to climate change liability in private and public law.

The 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the 7th Session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties (CMP7) to the Kyoto Protocol, ran from 28 November to 9 December in Durban, South Africa.

The COP adopts decisions and resolutions, for practical and effective implementation of the Convention on Climate Change. On this occasion it became mired in controversy over the clash of interests between rich and poor nations and the resulting agreements, known as the Durban Package, remain highly controversial.

The Oxfam-Cambridge book launch took place on 3 December at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Faculty of Law in Durban, and was jointly organised by a number of project partners including Cambridge, Oxfam, Greenpeace and the Law Society of South Africa.

Local bookseller, Adams Booksellers, sold a range of other law and science titles relating to climate change at the COP17 Conference. Some of these books were also featured in a micro-website specially developed for the occasion by Fran Robinson and Andy Woodfield, our marketing colleagues in the UK.

Marché Cowling

Academic Marketing Coordinator

South Africa (Cape Town)