Comparative Legal Diagnostics for the Low-Carbon Transition


Comparative Legal Diagnostics for the Low-Carbon Transition

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The low-carbon transition is happening. But it is too slow and too uneven. We know why: the transition is a multi-scale and multi-dimensional process. But do we know how the law copes with such processes? We are usually told that legal change is incremental, rarely, if ever, revolutionary. If this is true, law could fail to support the low-carbon transition, or even act as a brake. Several scholars are trying to develop methods for the ‘legal organization’ of the transition, or to identify ‘legal pathways’ to a low-carbon economy. Professor Giuseppe Bellantuono joins this debate with a proposal for an institutional diagnostics approach which merges two perspectives: a comparative one and an interdisciplinary one. The former takes into account the multi-scale aspect of the transition, the latter the multi-dimensional aspect. Comparative legal diagnostics won’t provide policymakers with easy solutions. But it could provide a knowledge platform to address two of the thorniest issues of the transition: how to make long-term climate commitments legally credible and how to identify the legal interdependencies which hamper the transition.


  • Professor Giuseppe  Bellantuono
    Professor Giuseppe Bellantuono, University of Trento