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Stokke, Olav Schram, Jon Hovi
and Geir Ulfstein (eds.)
Implementing the Climate Regime
Earthscan, January 2005. 272 p.


The international climate regime is only as good as the compliance mechanisms that ensure its effectiveness. This book is the first thorough evaluation of its compliance system, assessing its robustness and ability to cope with internal and external pressures and obstacles to meaningful compliance by national governments and other bodies such as business and industry affected by climate treaties. It covers four main themes: a comparative analysis of the formation and structure of the compliance system and the controversies that surrounded it; verification and its ability to respond to climate-specific challenges and obstacles; how external compliance mechanisms such as trade measures can work alongside internal ones; and the role of corporations and NGOs in its implementation. This will be the authoritative treatment of this essential aspect of the regime to deal with the major challenge facing the international community.

Olav Schram Stokke is Senior Research Fellow at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Norway.
Jon Hovi is Professor of Political Science at the University of Oslo.
Geir Ulfstein is Director of the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights.


Book reviews:

"If you are interested in climate change issues, Implementing the Climate Regime is a splendid contribution to the literature on the subject, and well worth the read. (...) Implementing the Climate Regime is an excellent read for any academic, student, ot practitioner working in the field."

Professor Anita M Halvorssen, (Political Science Dept., University of Colorado) in Colorado Journal of International Environmental Law and Policy.


"The book provides a concise, yet comprehensive, examination of compliance with international climate commitments. It should be of interest not only for those well-versed in the intricacies of international climate policy, but also for students and scholars interested in international law and governance in general."

Harro van Asselt (Institute for Environmental Studies, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) in Global Environmental Politics, No. 1 2006.


"The book (...) manages to bring new insights and ideas to the nowadays quite popular and topical field of state compliance with international environmental agreements."

Tuula Kolari (University of Joensuu) in European Journal of International Law, No 4, 2006