Prof. MJ Durkee will be our guest today. She will be talking about the Paris Agreement, which involves climate change. Here is the reading she has assigned for you.
What is the Paris Agreement?
These two short readings outline key terms of the Paris Agreement:
Is it binding?
First review the Treaty clause, in Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution, which defines "treaties" under U.S. law. For the definition of "treaties" under international law, see Article 2.1(a) of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties (1969). Consider how these definitions differ.
For an explanation of the different ways the Constitution and Congress empower the Executive to make international law, please review the following two articles:
How do these rules apply to the Paris Agreement?
Can Trump withdraw?
Prof. Durkee recommends the following, but they are not assigned.
The video briefing reviews questions about the continuity of U.S. commitments to various treaties and international agreements now in place, including the Iran nuclear agreement (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action), the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the North Atlantic (NATO) Treaty, and the Paris Agreement on global climate change, and, more broadly, about what role the United States will play over the next four years in advancing and maintaining the international legal architecture that successive administrations put in place.
For a reminder of why coming together to address climate change is a bigger challenge than simply explaining the science or implementing regulations; of why calls for collective action are generally complicated in a divided culture:
For President Obama's perspective on the momentum in the private markets for a clean energy economy, see this post-election article: