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International Climate Change Law

This research guide includes resources and tips to begin your research into international climate change law and to stay up to date on developments in this important field.

International Agreements

To learn how to approach treaty research generally, see Diamond Law Library's Guide to Treaty Research.

 

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (“UNFCCC”)

  • Adopted May 9, 1992; entered into force Mar. 21, 1994
  • UN Treaties Details Page
  • Bluebook citation: United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, May 9, 1992, S. Treaty Doc No. 102-38, 1771 U.N.T.S. 107.

Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

  • Adopted Dec. 11, 1997; entered into force Feb. 16, 2005. N.B.: The U.S. was not a party.
  • UN Treaties Details Page
  • Bluebook citation: Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Dec. 10, 1997, 2303 U.N.T.S. 162.

The Paris Agreement

  • Adopted Dec. 12, 2015; entered into force Nov. 4, 2016
  • UN Treaties Details Page
  • Bluebook citation: Paris Agreement to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Dec. 12, 2015, T.I.A.S. No. 16-1104.