By Dr. Snjólaug Árnadóttir. The climate crisis unveils legal gaps and inequitable outcomes of existing laws. Proposed projects which attempt to prevent and mitigate the impacts of climate change often fall into a legal lacuna. In particular, new methods for carbon dioxide removal are being developed to mitigate the adverse effects of the climate crisis, but legislators struggle to keep up with these developments, creating a host of legal gaps and uncertainties. There is an urgent need to bridge the gap between law and emerging industries and this calls for innovative lawyers to clarify the scope of existing laws and, in some instances, influence legal reform.
By Leonie Brabant and Jenni Ramos. Contracts govern human activities across all sectors and can either lock parties to business as usual or be drivers of change. Leonie Brabant and Jenni Ramos explain how lawyers can use contracts to deliver climate targets.