Managing the Fragmentation of International Climate Law

  • Harro van AsseltEmail author
Part of the Ius Gentium: Comparative Perspectives on Law and Justice book series (IUSGENT, volume 21)


This chapter focuses on the fragmentation of international law related to climate change and the interactions between the relevant legal regimes. It examines various management strategies with a view to enhancing synergies and mitigating conflicts between climate-related international legal regimes. The chapter starts with an overview of the ongoing debate on the fragmentation of international law. It then identifies the features of international climate lawmaking and implementation that constrain the usefulness of well-known legal techniques for avoiding and resolving conflicts. The chapter moves on to show how institutional cooperation between poli­tical bodies and bureaucracies may lead to enhanced coherence between the climate change regime and other legal regimes, while arguing that such a strategy will also encounter specific concerns related to their legitimacy. The chapter concludes by highlighting the need to apply various strategies for managing the fragmentation of international climate law, and identifies areas for further inquiry in this regard.


World Trade Organization Vienna Convention Treaty Body Institutional Cooperation Multilateral Environmental Agreement 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Stockholm Environment InstituteStockholmSweden

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