Comparative Legal Diagnostics for the Low-Carbon Transition
Melbourne Law School (Building 106)
185 Pelham Street
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, University of Trento
Professor Giuseppe Bellantuono
University of Trento
Giuseppe Bellantuono is professor of comparative law at the University of Trento, Italy. He holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Private Law from the University of Trento (1996). Between 2014 and 2015 he served as seconded national expert at the European Commission, DG Energy, Energy Policy Unit. He is regularly invited to teach Comparative Law, EU Law and Energy Law in several European and nonEuropean universities. His research interests are in the fields of energy and climate law, comparative and interdisciplinary methodologies, international contracts, law and technology, law and development, and behavioural legal studies. His most recent publications include Comparative Energy Law and Policy, forthcoming Cambridge University Press, 2019; G. Bellantuono and F. Puppo (eds.), Convergences and Divergences Between the Italian and the Brazilian Legal Systems, Editoriale Scientifica, 2015; G. Bellantuono and F. T. de Rezende Lara (eds.), Law, Development and Innovation, Springer, 2015; The Misguided Quest for Regulatory Stability in the Renewable Energy Sector, 10 Journal of World Energy Law & Business 274292 (2017); Brazil and the EU in Transnational Energy Governance, in Revista da Facultade de Direito da Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais 147193 (2017); Contract Law and Regulation, in P. Monateri (ed.), Comparative Contract Law, Elgar Pub., 2017, 111142.