MNCs under International Climate Change Regime: Recognizing Atmospheric Absorptive Capacity as the Common Heritage of Mankind

Author:Tsung-Sheng Liao
Pages:379-380
SUMMARY

Global warming is a result of human influence. However, little has been done to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere to a 'safe' level. An important factor for such dismal state of affairs is that the international community has emphasized far too much on the State-centric approach to combating climate change. The international legal regime does not directly control major... (see full summary)

 
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Atmospheric Absorptive Capacity 379
IX JEAIL 2 (2016)
Tsung-Sheng Liao
Global warming is a result of human influence. However, little has been done to
stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere to a safe level. An
important factor for such dismal state of affairs is that the international community
has emphasized far too much on the State-centric approach to combating climate
change. The international legal regime does not directly control major emitters or
MNCs. This article recognizes the atmosphere as a part of the global commons and
the atmospheric absorptive capacity as the common heritage of mankind. Therefore,
the international community can pave the way to link global climate change regime
and MNCs. Those common interests of the international community can be protected
when MNCs turn their production processes green, by redirecting their investment
into green technology, and try to alter the negative status quo.
Keywords
MNCs, Climate Change Regime, Atmospheric Absorptive Capacity,
Common Heritage of Mankind
MNCs under International
Climate Change Regime:
Recognizing Atmospheric
Absorptive Capacity as
the Common Heritage
of Mankind
Associate Professor of International Law at National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan. LL.M./S.J.D. (U. Wisconsin-
Madison). ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-8009-5227. The author may be contacted at: lawtsl@ccu.edu.tw/
Address: Department of Law, National Chung Cheng University, #168, University Rd., Min-Hsiung Township, Chiayi
County, Taiwan 62102. The author wishes to show his gratefulness to reviewers for their insightful comments, and to
acknowledge the support from the Ministry of Science and Technology of Taiwan (MOST 102-2410-H-194-067-MY3).
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14330/jeail.2016.9.2.04
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