4 Climate L. 1 (2014)

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                       CLIMATE LAW 4 (2014) 1-3                       \
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Introduction to the Special Issue: The State of

Climate Law, 2014


          David Freestone and Alexander Zahar


We are delighted to be re-launching Climate Law, now published under the
Brill imprint, with this Special Issue that collects together the views of a
number of leading scholars on the state of climate law twenty years after the
coming into force of the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on
Climate Change.
   The first issue of Climate Law was put together during the Copenhagen
Conference of the Parties at the end of 2009 and was published shortly there-
after. Altogether, three volumes (io issues) of the journal were published in the
2010-2012 period by ios Press.
   Although the journal was well received in academic circles, it never realized
its full potential, and so, in 2013, discussions were held to transfer the publica-
tion to Brill-a more established legal publisher. In parallel, the journal's
Editorial Board was restructured and revitalized. In addition to the Editorial
Board, it was decided to establish an Editorial Advisory Committee, to be
chaired by Professor Robert Glicksman of George Washington University Law
School. He recruited a group of highly distinguished legal scholars to add to the
already distinguished board. The task of the Advisory Committee is to advise
the Editor at a more strategic level. This Special Issue is the first fruit of the
work of the Advisory Committee, and we look forward to continuing to draw
on the experience and enthusiasm of its members in the years ahead.
   Although now bearing the imprint of a new publisher, the aim of thejournal
has not changed: It is to provide an international audience with the best
peer-reviewed research and thinking about climate change law in the English
language.
   It has to be admitted that, as an academic specialization, climate change
law is still finding its bearings. While there is a very rich and vibrant climate-
policy debate, the legal dimension has tended to be something of a poor rela-
tion. At the international level, the UN Framework Convention establishes an
obligation to prevent dangerous climate change. In pursuance of this aim,
wealthy states, collectively, are legally obliged to reduce their greenhouse


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