2020 SAIL


Prof. Rafael Leal-Arcas

Professor, Queen Mary University of London

Rafael Leal-Arcas is a Professor of European and International Economic Law, a Jean Monnet Chair holder (awarded by the European Commission), and Director of Research at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies of Queen Mary University of London. Dr Leal-Arcas’s research is funded by the EU Commission’s Horizon 2020 program, most notably a grant of EUR14 million as part of a consortium of 21 institutions to work on renewable energy and smart grids. Rafael is the author of the books Climate Change, Energy and International Trade – Converging Towards Sustainability (Springer, forthcoming  2019), EU Trade Law (Elgar, 2019), Energy Security, Trade and the EU: Regional and International Perspectives (Edward Elgar, 2016), The European Energy Union: The quest for secure, aordable and sustainable energy (Claeys & Casteels Publishing, 2016), International Energy Governance: Selected Legal Issues (Edward Elgar, 2014), Climate Change and International Trade (Edward Elgar, 2013), International Trade and Investment Law: Multilateral, Regional and Bilateral Governance (Edward Elgar, 2010) and Theory and Practice of EC External Trade Law and Policy (Cameron May, 2008) and the editor or co-editor of the Commentary on the Energy Charter Treaty (Edward Elgar, 2018), University Initiatives in Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation (Springer, 2018), Research Handbook on EU energy law and policy (Edward Elgar, 2017). He received his graduate legal education at Stanford Law School, Columbia Law School, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and the European University Institute (Florence).

Climate Change Law and Policy

This course will examine the scientific, economic, legal, political, institutional, regulatory, and historical underpinnings of climate change as an issue and the related policy challenges of creating and sustaining a prosperous decarbonized modern society. Particular attention will be given to analyzing the existing international framework of treaties, laws, regulations, and policies and the incentives they have created to address the build-up of greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere.

The course will center on a set of critical questions including: What would a 21st century policy framework that is designed to deliver a successful response to climate change look like? Does the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement provide the right foundation for action? How should issues of (in)equity be addressed? How might incentives be structured to engage the business community in climate change problem-solving?