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UNCLOS, UNFCCC, Climate Change Management, Ocean Governance, Climate Mitigation, Geo-engineering


This paper considers the potential for the UNCLOS and UNFCCC regimes to be faced with disputes at the intersection between the management of climate change and ocean governance. Using the example of geo-engineering, the chapter considers how tensions between climate mitigation and management and conservation goals are likely to be addressed under the two regimes. The paper explores the capacity of the existing dispute resolutions mechanisms under the two regimes to deal with these tensions, conflicts and overlap.


This is a pre-copyedited, author produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Climate Change Impacts on Ocean and Coastal Law: U.S. and International Perspectives following peer review. The version of record Randall S Abate, ed, Climate Change Impacts on Ocean and Coastal Law: US and International Perspectives(Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014) is available online at