Re ECF Project: 2010-04

Project Title: Conference on Climate Change Governance after Copenhagen

Applicant: Prof. Johannes M.M. CHAN of The University of Hong Kong

Total Approved Grant: $322,979 (or 70% of the total actual expenditure, whichever the less)

Duration: 1/5/2010 to 28/2/2011

Project Status/Remarks: Completed

The project aims to provide a platform where legislators, international experts, NGOs, policy makers and the general public can exchange views, share experience and explore various legal aspects of climate change, with a view to recommending the way forward.

Summary of the Findings/Outcomes:
The conference examined climate change law and policy in different countries and cities. Hong Kong, for example, was extensively discussed and a number of proposals based on case studies of other cities were made. A major outcome of this conference was the development of a number of theoretical frameworks for examining the multi-level and multi-actor governance of climate change. The conference also made a number of specific proposals to address the inadequacies of existing governance/regulatory regimes, including reforming the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), tightening licensing regimes for carbon capture and storage, and regulating geogengineering techniques. It further explores the role of ASEAN, and argues for an increasingly important role for the private sector in financing adaptation in developing states. Finally, traditional areas of law such as tort law, property law and public international law have had to interact with climate change and we examined how traditional legal concepts like causation are challenged by climate change litigation.