Andrew Higham is the Executive Chef of Mission 2020, an initiative to reduce global emissions at the rate needed for full decarbonization by 2050. He was responsible for the strategy for achieving a universal and legally binding agreement within the 2011-2016 UN climate secretariat: managing the formation of the Durban mandate, and then the team that supported the development of the Paris Agreement. Meinhard Doelle is a professor at the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada, where he teaches climate change, energy legislation and the environment and works as a Dean Associate, Research. His current research focuses on the UN climate regime, energy governance and environmental impact assessments. 5 An example of this analysis see. B Mayer, “International Law Obligations Arising in relation to Nationally Determined Contributions” (2018) 7(2) Transnational Environmental Law, 251-75. The mere reference to Donald Trump to illustrate the sophistication of this volume probably does not do him justice, because it goes far beyond that. But the rebuttal of this landmark example represents the wealth of information in the pages of this book, which offers the reader an extremely rich source of information on international policy-making, international (environmental) law, law and, of course, the climate regime. This is why this book is recommended for scientists from different disciplines, for lawyers and policy makers, for journalists and also for lay people interested in lively clashes on climate change. In that sense, we should look at the openness of this criticism of the book, namely US President Trump and the degree of injustice of the Paris agreement towards the United States. Throughout the book the United States, of course, often surfaces. But contrary to Mr.
Trump`s assertions, the regime does not penalize anyone. If the principle of “common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities” were considered detrimental to the United States, that would be understandable.