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How to Curb Global Warming after ‘Hopenhagen’ and ‘Climate-Gate’


Marco Verweij

Jacobs University in Bremen, DE
About Marco
Marco Verweij is Professor of Political Science. He is editor (with Michael Thompson) of ‘Clumsy Solutions for a Complex World: Governance, Politics and Plural Perceptions’ (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006).
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In November 2001, at the seventh ‘Conference of the Parties’ (to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) in Marrakech, the head of the diplomatic mission from one of the largest developing countries told me that it would be impossible to agree on a ‘second commitment period’. That was UN-speak for predicting that a successor treaty to the Kyoto Protocol (which covers the ‘first commitment period’ up to 2012) would never see the light of day. Even back then, more than three years before the Kyoto Protocol entered into force in February 2005, it was clear to at least some of the diplomats involved in the global warming-negotiations that the financial and ideological differences between governments were too vast to ever allow the emergence of a meaningful, binding, global treaty. This was worrying given that the cutbacks of greenhouse gases foreseen in the Kyoto Protocol were generally perceived as well-nigh insignificant and ‘just a first step’.

How to Cite: Verweij, M., 2010. How to Curb Global Warming after ‘Hopenhagen’ and ‘Climate-Gate’. Amsterdam Law Forum, 2(2), pp.99–118. DOI:
Published on 21 Feb 2010.
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