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Is the Paris Agreement Really Legally Binding?

Sindico, Francesco (2015) Is the Paris Agreement Really Legally Binding? [Report]

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Abstract

In the weeks ahead the Paris COP21 summit a lot of attention was given to the fact that the outcome of Paris had to be legally binding, almost as if the “legal” accolade would make clime change disappear without any further effort. At the closure of COP21 the French Presidency declared victory stating that the Paris Agreement is ambition, fair and “legally binding”. So, is it really?