Introduction: Climate Change and the Law
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The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) celebrates its twentieth anniversary in 2012. The two decades following its adoption have witnessed a significant evolution in legal responses to climate change. The international climate regime itself has grown considerably and evolved into a highly specialized area of international law and legal expertise. Its evolution has inspired the expansion of climate law also at the regional, national, subnational and transnational levels. The emphasis of climate law has traditionally been on mitigation, but adaptation, finance, technology and capacity building have recently asserted their place as key elements of climate change law and policy.