The international rule of law, evaluation of its application to climate change by Team IRL project
Jul 3, 2014
Hi Team IRL, Thank you for your entry in the global plan contest! Please take the time to fill out the proposal more completely. Also, how does your proposal link together proposals from other contests into an integrated plan for the world as a whole? The contest also requires that you complete the climate model for their proposal’s impact on climate change and our economic systems. I await your revisions. Thanks Jasmine.
Jul 14, 2014
Hello Jasmine for our Global 4C proposal, we certainly do need help with international law. Polly Higgins has devoted herself to working on this topic from the angle of making Ecocide an crime (see link). Unfortunately, I am not convinced that this will solve global problems because it represents a form of high-level government intervention that has to be policed and does not address underling problems. The ecocide laws would be helpful in prevent major destruction, somewhat like cap is to cap and trade. I don't think the U.N. is moving on ecocide laws. http://sustahood.com/2011/08/eradicating-ecocide-advocate-polly-higgins-speaking-in-australia/ WIth Global 4C the solution is sought through market efficiency, however Global 4C makes necessary structural changes to the economy so that Keynesian expansion can be used to increase mitigation & sequestration (M&S). Rates of M&S will have to outpace growth in the economy to reverse CO2-e in the atmosphere. So it is necessary for governments to 'deleverage' carbon by buying sufficient 4C with reserve currencies and with monetary expansion. This would establish 4C as a currency with a strong rising price trend. It is this economic force/direction (and only this) that can correct markets strongly. Taxes also provide strong economic force/direction, if they can be implemented strongly. A 50/50 combination would soften the downside of taxation. But from a Keynesian perspective, we should be aiming for >50% rewards to strongly mitigate climate change. The leading science theory on climate change suggests that civilisation is far down the slippery slope and so we need very strong price signals. Its a challenge for politicians in democratic countries to raise taxes so high. The MIT CoLab could help us start a new discussion about rewards that are technologically efficient. Best regards Delton
Jul 15, 2014
Dear Sergio Pena, I think that your conclusion that your proposal does not fit together with other proposal is a bit harsh. In my proposal (https://www.climatecolab.org/web/guest/plans/-/plans/contestId/1300210/phaseId/1300210/planId/1308202) that you nicely commented , I suggest a debt swap to leave historical grievances behind. I do think that leaving old grievances behind is the first step towards an international rule of law compatible with your suggestion. It would create a tabula rasa to write an commonly accepted international rule of law upon.
Jul 15, 2014
Jan-k, thans for your commentary. My proposal does not fit with other proposal because it works with juridical science. You will find a large amount of international legal rules related with climate change and they should be honored. Most of the proposals, most of them excellent by the way, focus more on doing then in rule creation. A tabula rasa might be of interest but I am not sure that this will work in legal terms. Thank you for your commentary. Best.
Jul 15, 2014
Jasmine, my proposal is complete, I complete the whole form from the contest. If you would like to have changed in the form you should ask Nancy Tauberslag who is in charge of the Fellows. Sergio Peña
Aug 21, 2014
Advocate re-evaluation of international rule of law, but does not give a clear explanation of the key aspects of international law that must change, nor does the proposal explain clearly how these changes would help to address climate change. Also, does not include sub-proposals, as the contest prompt asks.