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dc.contributor.authorTheil, Stefan
dc.date.accessioned2022-05-20T12:00:10Z
dc.date.available2022-05-20T12:00:10Z
dc.date.issued2022-05-20
dc.date.submitted2021-07-28
dc.identifier.issn0026-7961
dc.identifier.issn1468-2230
dc.identifier.othermlr12746
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/337343
dc.description.abstractAbstract: In a unanimous decision of 24 March 2021, the German Federal Constitutional Court declared certain provisions of the Federal Climate Change Act (FCCA) unconstitutional. The Court upheld the greenhouse gas emission targets for the period until 2030 but found the outlined review procedure for the following years lacking: it failed to adequately specify targets, thereby violating the fundamental rights of the applicants. Despite the at times exuberant reception, this case note argues that the decision stopped well short of a legal revolution. Ultimately, the Court embraces an orthodox doctrine on positive obligations that emphasises deference to the legislature on climate change policy. Nonetheless, there are some genuine, albeit subtle legal innovations: (1) extending legal standing to applicants resident outside of Germany; (2) specifying general constitutional commitments to tackling climate change through the Paris Agreement, and (3) relying on a concept of intergenerational equity in the distribution of emission reduction burdens.
dc.languageen
dc.subjectCASE NOTE
dc.subjectclimate change
dc.subjectGerman Constitutional Court
dc.subjectfundamental rights
dc.subjectfuture generations
dc.titleCautious scrutiny: The Federal Climate Change Act case in the German Constitutional Court
dc.typeOther
dc.date.updated2022-05-20T12:00:10Z
prism.publicationNameThe Modern Law Review
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.84757
dcterms.dateAccepted2022-02-09
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1111/1468-2230.12746
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rioxxterms.versionVoR
rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.contributor.orcidTheil, Stefan [0000-0002-4178-613X]


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